Surgical Information

Post Operative Instructions for Knee Arthroscopy

(You will receive your customized post-op instructions after your surgery.)


Elevate your knee and apply an ice pack to help reduce pain and swelling for 24 hours. Keep the dressing and incisions dry at all times. Small amounts of drainage on the dressing are normal and may be reinforced with a 4x4 gauze and Ace wrap. You may bend your knee as much as the dressing allows.


Use cane or crutches for security and comfort as needed. Discard them as soon as possible unless otherwise specified by your doctor.

_______ weight bearing is allowed as tolerated with pain and swelling being your guide to activities.


Begin exercises as soon as possible. 10 sets every hour up to 100 per day.

  • Quad Sets – Straighten your knee, tense the quad muscle, hold for 5 seconds, then relax for 5 seconds.
  • Straight Leg Raises – Tightening your thigh muscle and lift your leg approximately 24 inches, hold for 5 seconds. and then slowly lower your leg keeping your leg straight and thigh muscle tight.
  • Ankle Pumps – Push your ankle up and down to promote blood flow.

No sports, running, excessive stair climbing, squatting, or jumping. If your job requires little physical activity, you may return to work in two to three days. If your job requires considerable standing, lifting, walking or climbing, discuss your return to work date with the surgeon.


Take the following medication as directed:

__________________________ ___________________________ ___________________________

Pain Medication Tips:

  • Do not drive while taking pain medications.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking pain medications.
  • Pain medication should be taken with food as this will help prevent any stomach upset.
  • Often pain medications will cause constipation. Eat high fiber foods and increase your fluid intake if possible. To alleviate constipation, purchase a stool softener at any pharmacy and follow the recommended directions on the bottle.

You should resume taking your normally prescribed medications unless otherwise directed. In addition, you have been prescribed the following medications


  • Remove the dressing 48 hours after surgery.
  • Clean the extremity with rubbing alcohol to remove the surgical prep solution.
  • You may shower at this point, no baths, hot tubs, or swimming. Prior to showering, cover the knee with plastic wrap to keep the knee dry. If the knee gets wet, dry immediately.
  • After the shower cover the incisions with band-aids. Change the band-aids daily. Ace wrap if needed for moderate swelling. Avoid soaking in hot tubs, pools, lakes or pond as this increases the risk of post operative infection.


Your surgeon should be contacted by calling 703-810-5202, 24 hours a day for any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever greater than 101.5 degrees F.
  • Redness or swelling in the calf that doesn't resolve overnight.
  • Numbness, loss of good color or coolness in the foot.
  • Severe pain unresponsive to narcotic medication.
  • Excessive bleeding or vomiting.
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, CALL 911.


Your post-operative follow up appointment is scheduled on __________________ at the Reston Office.

If you need to verify or change your post-op appointment, please call 703-277-BONE (2663).