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.
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.
The checklist below helps remind you what to do after arthroscopy.
Schedule your first follow-up visit for
Take care of your incision and bathe as directed.
Complete your physical therapy program.
You can do these activities right away: