Preparing for Knee Surgery

How to prepare for knee arthroscopy surgery

In order to achieve the best results from knee replacement surgery and help ensure everything goes smoothly, the longer you have to prepare, the better. This is the perfect time to make sure your body is in the best shape for surgery, and a good time to prepare your home for your recovery.

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Before your orthopedist performs the surgery, he or she may have you:

  • Get a physical exam, blood work and urine analysis to get a sense of any problems that could arise.
  • Adjust certain medications like blood thinners.
  • Get any healthy issues like diabetes or high blood pressure under control.

You and your caregiver should take this time to familiarize yourselves with the surgery and what to expect during your hospital stay. You should also find out what to bring to the hospital to make your time there more comfortable. And learn what you can do to prepare your home for your rehabilitation.


Planning for your knee arthroscopy surgery

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The performance of knee arthroscopy depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if knee arthroscopy is right for you.

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