KNEE MENISCUS REPAIR – POST OP
INCISION and DRESSING
Following meniscal repair a dressing is applied over each small incision in the skin. A soft dressing is wrapped loosely around the knee and an elastic wrap covers the dressing. You should loosen the outer wrap and the soft dressing underneath after 24 hours.
Keep the incisionsclean and dry; do not apply any creams or ointments to the incisions. Cover the knee with plastic bags or wraps when showering for the first 48 hours following surgery.
Medications will be prescribed to control any post-operative pain you may experience. Applying cold compresses to the knee is a very effective method of pain control and can be used for the first few days after surgery. Be careful to not apply anycompress directly to bare skin as injury can occur in a short period of time. When you are sitting or lying down elevate the knee with pillows or cushions to help contol swelling.
Keep a low level of activity for the first 3 to 5 days after surgery. For the first 3 to 4 weeks after surgery a brace is worn. Crutches are used to prevent any weight bearing on the affected leg.
Physical Therapy – begins one week after surgery. Light isometric exercises of the quadriceps and hamstrings are allowed the day following surgery.
Your first post-operative visit has been scheduled for: ____________________________________
During this visit we will change your dressings and provide you with your rehabilitation instructions.
If you have any concerns or questions about your surgery or need to schedule a clinic visit call (425) 823-4000
! Warnings !
Please notify us immediately at (425) 823-4000 if you notice any of the following:
- Temperature >100.5 on 2 successive measurements
- Significant increase in knee or calf pain
- Significant increase in leg or calf swelling
- Numbness or tingling in your leg or foot