Arthroscopic Procedure, Knee, Care After

ExitCare ImageRefer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These discharge instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after you leave the hospital. Your health care provider may also give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices available, but unavoidable complications sometimes occur. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, please call your health care provider.


  • It is normal to be sore for a couple days after surgery. See your health care provider if this seems to be getting worse rather than better.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your health care provider.

  • Take showers rather than baths, or as directed by your health care provider.

  • Change bandages (dressings) if necessary or as directed.

  • You may resume normal diet and activities as directed or allowed.

  • Avoid lifting and driving until you are directed otherwise.

  • Make an appointment to see your health care provider for stitches (suture) or staple removal as directed.

  • You may put ice on the area.

  • Put the ice in a plastic bag. Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15–20 minutes, three to four times per day for the first 2 days.

  • Elevate the knee above the level of your heart to reduce swelling, and avoid dangling the leg.

  • Do 10-15 ankle pumps (pointing your toes toward you and then away from you) two to three times daily.

  • If you are given compression stockings to wear after surgery, use them for as long as your surgeon tells you (around 10-14 days).

  • ExitCare ImageAvoid smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke.


  • You have increased bleeding from your wounds.

  • You see redness or swelling or you have increasing pain in your wounds.

  • You have pus coming from your wound.

  • You have a fever or persistent symptoms for more than 2–3 days.

  • You notice a bad smell coming from the wound or dressing.

  • You have severe pain with any motion of your knee.


  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You develop any reaction or side effects to medicines taken.

  • You develop pain in the calves or back of the knee.

  • You develop chest pain, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing.

  • You develop numbness or tingling in the leg or foot.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or you get worse.