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Knee Arthroscopy

What do I need to know before I undergo arthroscopic knee surgery?

Before you decide to undergo knee arthroscopy, your orthopaedic surgeon will perform an evaluation to check that it is the best option for you and that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. It is important to note that post-operative rehabilitation is a very important part of the process. After a thorough physical examination, including x-rays and possibly an MRI scan, your doctor will let you know if knee surgery is the best option.

How long will recovery take?

Your recovery time will depend on the severity of your knee injury. Your orthopaedic surgeon will be able to inform you about rehabilitation, physical therapy, and any lifestyle changes that might be required.

After arthroscopic knee surgery is complete, it is quite likely that you will need to see a physiotherapist. A physiotherapist will help you to understand any limitations or precautions you need to take while you recover. Your doctor will prescribe 24 hours of antibiotics for you – this is to decrease the risk of infection. You will also be given some pain medication directly after the procedure in order to relieve any discomfort.

It is important to remember that it can take time for you to recover from your knee surgery properly, and you will not be fully mobile immediately after the procedure is complete. It is essential that you give yourself adequate time to heal properly. Your recovery time will depend very much on how severe your knee injury is, and your doctor will advise you on the best recovery plan for your unique needs. It is important to remember that arthroscopic surgery is only the beginning, especially when ligament injuries are concerned. Arthroscopic surgery may be seen as the gateway to a safe but rigorous rehabilitation program, which is crucial for both your healing and your functional recovery.


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