Arthroscopy, With Meniscus Injury, Care After

ExitCare ImageRefer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your health care provider may also give you specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to the current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your health care provider if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE

After your procedure, it is typical to have the following:

  • Pain and swelling in your knee.

  • Constipation.

  • Difficulty walking.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Use crutches and do knee exercises as directed by your health care provider.

  • Apply ice to the injured area:

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15–20 minutes, 3–4 times a day while awake. Do this for the first 2 days.

  • Rest and raise (elevate) your knee.

  • Change bandages (dressings) as directed by your health care provider.

  • Keep the wound dry and clean. The wound may be washed gently with soap and water. Gently blot or dab the wound dry. It is okay to take showers 24–48 hours after surgery. Do not take baths, use swimming pools, or use hot tubs for 14 days, or as directed by your health care provider.

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

  • Continue your normal diet as directed by your health care provider.

  • Do not lift anything more than 10 pounds or play contact sports for 3 weeks, or as directed by your health care provider.

  • If a brace was applied, use as directed by your health care provider.

  • Your health care provider will help with instructions for rehabilitation of your knee.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have increased bleeding (more than a small spot) from the wound.

  • You have redness, swelling, or increasing pain in the wound.

  • Yellowish-white fluid (pus) is coming from your wound.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You develop a rash.

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

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You have increasing pain with movement of the knee.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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