Because arthroscopic knee surgery is far less invasive than traditional knee orthopedic surgery, arthroscopic surgery recovery time is usually much quicker. Even so, it is very important that you still follow the instructions of your arthroscopic surgeon to ensure that complications do not occur.
Signs of complications can include the following symptoms:
Fever or chills
Unexpected swelling in the knee
Ongoing redness or warmth around your knee
An increase in knee joint pain or pain in your calf muscle.
If you experience any of these symptoms you should call your orthopedic Dr as soon as possible.
Here are some things you should do and expect following your knee orthopedic surgery.
For the first few days following surgery keeping your knee elevated will help to reduce any swelling. Using ice packs on your knee will also help with swelling and pain.
Generally the dressing that was applied following the knee operation can be removed after a day or so. When you remove the bandage ensure to keep the area dry and clean. When showering avoid getting water directly onto the wound.
Usually within a few days after the knee surgery you will be expected to see your knee surgeon so he can check your progress and instruct you on your knee physiotherapy.
After your knee surgery you should be able to walk unassisted. However, you may be advised to use crutches or a cane for a short period of time. You will find that you will slowly be able to put more weight on the affected limb as any pain reduces and the knee becomes stronger. You can usually drive after about 7 days.
Exercise is very important to regain mobility and strengthen the knee. You may be directed to use a physiotherapist who can map out an exercise regimen specifically for you.
Your arthroscopic surgeon may recommend a course of antibiotics following the surgery to prevent any infection. In addition he may also prescribe some medication for knee pain relief.
Although rare, knee arthroscopy does sometimes lead to complications. These can include infection, an accumulation of blood around the knee and blood clots. As I mentioned, these are infrequent an are usually minor. They are easily treated.
Fortunately, with this type of orthopedic knee surgery, the pros far outweigh the cons. Any complications arenegligible and the benefits obtained in mobility and pain reduction are well worth a few days of discomfort.
Knee Pain Relief: Arthroscopic Knee Surgery & Knee Braces
The arthroscope (one of the surgical tools used in the surgery) is inserted into the knee joint through a small incision that your physician will make. As a result of being less invasive, this procedure can reduce recovery time and can increase the success rate of the procedure.
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Speeding Up Your Recovery After Knee Arthroscopy
Recovery from knee arthroscopy is fairly quick, especially when compared with recovery from open knee surgery.