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How to Prepare for Knee Arthroscopy
If you've tried medication, physical therapy and other conservative methods of treatment, and you're still experiencing knee pain, your doctor may recommend arthroscopy.
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How to Prepare for Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
In order to achieve the best results from knee surgery and help to ensure everything goes smoothly, the longer you have to prepare, the better. This is the perfect time to make sure your body is in the best shape for surgery, and a good time to prepare your home for your recovery.
Before your orthopedist performs the surgery, he or she may have you:
- Get a physical exam, blood work and urine analysis to get a sense of any problems that could arise
- Adjust certain medications like blood thinners
- Get any health issues like diabetes or high blood pressure under control
You and your caregiver should take this time to familiarize yourselves with the surgery and what to expect.
Planning for Your Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Patients who plan ahead may have a better knee arthroscopy experience. There are a host of things you can do to aid your rehabilitation from knee surgery. These can make your recovery go much more smoothly as you transition back to your routine, day-to-day activities.
Educate yourself—Learn about knee arthroscopy from your surgeon’s office or from a community health education class.
Obtain medical clearance—If your surgeon has asked you to obtain medical clearance, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician for a preoperative history and physical exam.
Consult with your doctor—Learn about different ways you can reduce risk factors for complications including smoking , excessive caffeine intake, and herbal supplements. Discuss with your physician about whether you may need to make caregiver arrangements.
Arrange for a sick leave—If you’re employed, arrange to take time off for your surgery and rehabilitation. Discuss how much time your surgeon thinks you may need.
Find out whether you qualify for Short-term State Disability Insurance (SDI)—Contact your Human Resources department to learn whether you qualify for SDI.
Get a Temporary Disabled Parking placard—Ask your surgeon how to apply for one.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
The performance of knee arthroscopy depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if knee arthroscopy is right for you.