Take pain medication as directed. If you are experiencing a lot of pain at physical therapy, arrange your medication schedule to correspond to ½ hour before your appointment.
Rest the day of surgery. You may start weight bearing as tolerated, using the crutches or cane as needed.
The cold therapy will be placed on your knee in the recovery room. Leave it on as much as possible for the first three days. Refill it with cold water and ice as needed. After 3 days use it for a minimum of 4 times a day for 30 minutes. The more you use it the less swelling and inflammation you will have. The cryocuff can be removed when not in use.
Keep your post-op dressing on until your first post-op visit. This dressing needs to stay clean and dry to help prevent infection. Do not place any creams on the incisions. The sutures will be removed on your follow-up visit.
You will be given a prescription for physical therapy at your 1st post-op visit.
No driving during the first week after surgery, regardless of the operative knee.
RETURNING TO WORK OR SCHOOL
You may return to work (sedentary) or school 2-3 days after surgery if the pain is tolerable. Returning to heavy labor will be determined at you post operative visit.
NORMAL SENSATIONS AND FINDING AFTER SURGERY
- Shin pain
- Knee swelling and warmth up to 2 weeks
- Small amounts of bloody drainage
- Numbness around the incision area
- Soreness and swelling in the back of the knee
- Bruising to the lower leg
- Lower leg swelling, including the ankle- if this occurs elevate the leg above the heart and apply ice to the swollen areas.
- Numbness to the foot – Will resolve in a few days
- Low grade temperature less than 101.5 – if this occurs drink plenty of fluids and cough and deep breathe (take 10 breaths, on the last hold for a second then forcefully cough a few times) A low grade temp is normal for a week after surgery.
- Small amount of redness to the area where the sutures insert in the skin
- Low back discomfort due to the epidural/ spinal anesthesia…apply a heating pad as needed.
NOTIFY OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SIGNS OR
- Change is noted to your incision (i.e. increased redness or drainage)
- Sharp pains in the back of your calf
- Temperature greater than 101.5
- Fever, chills, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Sutures become loose or fall out and incision becomes open
- Drainage becomes yellow, puss like or foul smelling
- Increased pain unrelieved by medication or measures mentioned above.
***If it is after business hours and you need immediate assistance, please call 412-432-1863 and ask to speak with the Sports Medicine Fellow on call.