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About Knee Scope

These instructions are a guideline so you know more what to expect before and after your surgery.

  • Your post-operative appointment was made at the time your surgery was scheduled.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothes and slip on shoes to the hospital on the day of your surgery.
  • You will be given a prescription for pain medication at the hospital.
  • If you have crutches/walker or an ice machine, please bring these with you to the hospital on the day of surgery.
  • If you are given an ice machine at the hospital, you will need to pick up several large bags of ice on your way home. Use the ice machine until you feel you no longer need it.
  • If you are given a brace, wear it at all times except when showering. Keep the brace locked when you are up and ambulating. You may unlock the brace when you are at rest. Range of motion _________.
  • Do not drive until able to weight bear and control your vehicle.
  • Weight bear as tolerated unless instructed otherwise. Use crutches or a walker for stability until confident without them.
  • Keep the dressing clean and dry.
  • Remove the dressing 2 days after surgery.
  • Shower as usual after the dressings have been removed. Blot the incisions dry and cover the stitches with band-aids to prevent them from catching on clothes. Do not use ointments or lotions on your incisions.
  • Do not take a bath until your stitches have been removed at your post-operative appointment. Do not remove them yourself.
  • Wear the TED hose on your operative leg 24 hours a day until your post-operative appointment. This will help with swelling and to prevent a blood clot in your leg while you are less active.
  • Elevate you leg so you knee and ankle are above the level of your heart. Elevation reduces swelling, which in turn relieves discomfort and promotes healing.
  • Use ice as needed for pain and swelling.
  • There may be some drainage from the incisions the first couple days. This is normal.
  • A temperature over 101 degrees, very warm or bright red skin around the incision or puss draining from the incision is not normal. Call our office if you experience any of these symptoms.
  • Do your exercises as instructed several times a day. These will help prevent stiffness and improve range of motion. Start these after you have removed the dressings.
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