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FAQ- Knee Arthroscopy

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long am I in Hospital?

A: Approx 1 day for Ligament reconstructions and meniscus repairs (sometimes as daycase)

Do I need crutches?

A: Usually not required (Unless having Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction or suturing of the meniscus)

When can I get the knee wet?

A: After 24 hrs the bandage will be removed and the knee can be washed after waterproof dressing is applied

When can I drive?

A: After 4-5 days for meniscus balancing. Some patients do it even at 24 hrs if the knee is comfortable

When can I return to work?

A: When the knee feels reasonably comfortable. Usually in 4-5 days for a sitting job, or a maximum of 2 weeks.

For Ligament reconstructions and Meniscus suturing, a longer period is required for the repaired tissue to heal and fix to body tissues. There will be a single elbow crutch for a period of 3-5 weeks depending on the repair. But sitting job can be resumed in 2 weeks time.

When can I swim?

A: After removal of the stitches

How long will my knee take to recover?

A: Depending on the findings and surgery; usually 4 to 6 weeks following the surgery.

When Can I return to Sports?

A: Depending on the findings, 4-6 weeks after surgery in meniscus surgery. 3-6 months for Ligament reconstructions (ACL, PCL)

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