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____Arthroscopic Abrasion Chondroplasty

____Arthroscopic Debridement

____Arthroscopic Meniscectomy

____Arthroscopic Synovectomy


  1. Begin with liquids and light foods (jellos, soups, etc.).
  2. Progress to your normal diet if you are not nauseated.


  1. Strong oral pain medication has been prescribed for the first few days. Use only as directed. Do not combine with alcoholic beverages.
  2. When taking pain medication, be careful as you walk, drive, or climb stairs. Mild dizziness is not unusual.
  3. Do not take medications that have not been prescribed by your physicians.
  4. Do not take aspirin-containing medications for one week.

For 24 Hours Following Surgery:

  1. You must be in the care of a responsible adult.
  2. Do not drive or operate machinery until instructed by your physician.
  3. Do not make important personal or business decisions or sign legal documents.
  4. Do not drink alcoholic beverages.


  1. Elevate the limb above the chest level for 48 hours after surgery.
  2. Pain and swelling are typical following surgery. However, do not engage in activities which increase pain or swelling in your knee such as, stair climbing or long periods of sitting or standing.
  3. Returning to work depends on your type of employment; you will need to discuss this with your doctor at your follow-up appointment.


  1. Begin the following exercises immediately for both legs, and repeat each waking hour. Quad sets, tightening up the thigh, straight leg raises, flexing ankles back, then forward, and vigorous ankle and foot movements.
  2. Range of Motion:
    ____Increase range of motion as swelling and pain allow.
    ____Restrict range of motion to ___________ degreest for _________ weeks.
  3. Weight Bearing:
    ______ Crutch assisted walking is mandatory. No weight bearing on the operated limb is allowed for _________ weeks.
    ______ Weight bearing as tolerated.

Wound Care:

  1. Loosen the ace bandage if swelling of the foot or ankle occurs.
  2. Keep dressings dry for three days. Use a plastic bag to cover the operative leg during showers.
  3. Remove surgical dressings after three days.
  4. No soaking in water such as hot tubs, baths, swimming pools, etc. for three weeks.

Call your physician if any of the following are present:

  • Increasing swelling or numbness
  • Unrelenting pain
  • Fever or chills
  • Redness around incisions
  • Color change in foot, ankle, or toes (loosening the brace may help this)
  • Continuous drainage or bleeding from incisions (a small amount of drainage is expected)

Follow-up Care:

Please schedule an appointment with your physician in approximately five to seven days by calling 435-655-6600.

Other Instructions:


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