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Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

After Knee ArthroscopyDespu©s de la artroscopia de la rodilla

After Knee Arthroscopy

After surgery, your joint may be swollen, painful, and stiff. Your recovery time will depend on what was done. Your surgeon will tell you when to resume activity and weight bearing. If you had meniscal cartilage or loose bodies removed, you may be told to bear weight early on. After ACL repair, do not pivot or make sudden moves.

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You may be told to ride an exercise bike daily. This will help restore your knee's flexibility and strength.

At Home

Follow your surgeon's guidelines for healing:

  • Elevate and ice your knee.

  • Keep your knee bandaged.

  • When you shower, wrap your knee with plastic to keep it dry.

  • Take pain medication as directed.

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The checklist below helps remind you what to do after arthroscopy.

ImageSchedule your first follow-up visit for 5 days after surgery.

ImageTake care of your incision and bathe as directed.

ImageComplete your physical therapy program.

ImageYou can do these activities right away:

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Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00