How do I prepare for arthroscopic knee surgery?

One fact that will make your post-surgical rehabilation run smooth and move quickly is Pre-Conditioning. Depending on how much time you have before your surgery, working on muscles above and below the knee will help. For example, stregthening the hip extensors (gluteus max, and hamstrings) and hip abductors (tensor fascia late, gluteus medius)will decrease the occurance of muscular imbalances in the hips and quad muscles from happening. In the ankle, strengthen the anterior tibalis (shin muscles). These are strategies that are used in physical therapy/rehabilation. Therefore getting a jump on strengthening this areas will make life easier in rehab post-operative.
Take these steps to help you prepare for your arthroscopic knee surgery:
  • Ask for a ride. Someone should drive you home from the hospital and stay with you the first 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Ask for time off work. Ask your doctor how long you may need to be off work, and arrange this with your employer.
  • Fast the night before. Don't eat or drink anything for 6 to 8 hours before the surgery, or as instructed by your doctor. Take routine medications with a few sips of water.
  • Wear comfortable clothing. Wear clothes that are loose and easy to get on and off.
  • Bring assistive devices. If you have a walker, knee brace, or crutches, your doctor will advise you on using them to go home after the surgery.
  • Bring a list of your current medications. This includes over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins. You may be asked to bring inhalers or other medications with you.
  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medicines, have a rash or infection near your knee, or if you have ever had any negative reactions to anesthesia.

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