Knee arthroscopy is essentially keyhole surgery where your surgeon will look inside your knee to determine the exact nature of your injury. If required, your surgeon will even carry out treatment during the knee arthroscopy. Your knee arthroscopy Cheshire surgeon may remove or repair damaged cartilage or tissue. Your surgeon may also take out tissue samples (aka biopsies), which will help in diagnosis.
A knee arthroscopy is a day surgery. This means that you can have the procedure done and go back home the same day.
Things to Avoid before Knee Arthroscopy
If you smoke, the best thing to do is stop smoking. Smoking can increase your chances of chest or wound infections. These infections can in effect delay your recovery.
You will be given advice on what to do the day before your surgery by the hospital team but generally avoid eating at least 6 hours before your surgery. You can drink clear fluids up to 2 hours before surgery.
Be sure to tell your knee arthroscopy Cheshire surgeon about medicines and supplements you currently take. You may have to avoid taking certain medicines such as ibuprofen or aspirin, days or weeks before your knee arthroscopy.
Things to Do before Knee Arthroscopy
Your knee arthroscopy Cheshire surgeon will explain what would happen before the procedure, during the surgery as well as after the surgery, and the pain you may experience. This is the time to ask any questions you may have or clarify your doubts, if any. This is the time for you to know the benefits of the surgery, the risks involved as well as alternatives to knee arthroscopy.
Your doctor might prescribe pain medicine for any pain you may experience immediately after the procedure. Be sure to carry this medication along at the time of surgery.
Discuss with your knee surgeon what precautions, if any to take and any other things you may have to be prepared for. For example, you might have to wear a compression stocking on the other leg to keep the blood flowing. You may even have to take an anti-blood clotting injection.
Contact My Knee Doc
At My Knee Doc, we have a team of expert knee arthroscopy Cheshire surgeons. Whether you are considering a knee surgery or are wondering about the right diagnosis for your knee injury, we are here to help you make the right decision.
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