How Can I Prepare for My Knee Arthroscopy?
Doing some preparation at home before your day of surgery may help make your recovery as relaxing as possible.
It is important to remember that it may take time to return to your regular activities. Some discomfort is normal to experience while you heal. Furthermore, your surgeon may advise you to avoid certain activities altogether for a while.
Some suggestions for preparation:
Try to do any necessary chores before the date of knee arthroscopy. Cleaning, laundry, and any chore requiring you to stand or walk may cause discomfort in the days after your procedure. You may even be told by your surgeon to avoid these activities altogether for a period of time, so it is a great idea to prepare these things before your surgery.
It’s a great idea to ensure your kitchen is well-stocked before your knee arthroscopy so you do not have to worry about getting to and from the shops while you heal.
Preparing and freezing meals is also a great way to prepare for your procedure and make sure you don’t have to cook or rely on takeaway meals which are high in salt that can increase swelling and slow healing.
Diet & Overall Health
A healthy lifestyle and diet can aid your healing after knee arthroscopy. Before and after surgery, focus on eating a balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean protein.
After surgery, it is a great idea to avoid high-sodium (salty) foods as much as possible because excess salt can make swelling and therefore discomfort worse.
Smoking and alcohol
Nicotine and alcohol can severely negatively impact your healing and result after knee arthroscopy.
Reduce alcohol intake as much as possible while you heal. Moreover, your surgeon may recommend you do not drink alcohol at all in the weeks or days before and after surgery.
You must stop smoking or any nicotine product use (like e-cigarettes or nicotine gum) at least 6 weeks before and after surgery. This is incredibly important as nicotine constricts blood flow throughout the body and therefore can severely negatively impact your healing and results.
You will not be able to drive in the 24 to 48 hours following surgery because of the impact of anaesthesia on your judgement and coordination. Your family, friends, or your Medbelle Patient Care Adviser can help arrange transport for you so you get home safely after surgery
As you heal, driving may be unsafe until your knee regains strength and flexibility. Follow your surgeon’s advice regarding driving yourself after surgery.
Weight & BMI
Achieving or maintaining a healthy, sustainable weight and BMI before surgery can make it easier for your knee to heal after arthroscopy. Your surgeon may suggest you lose a certain amount of weight before you can have surgery. If you are struggling to lose weight in time for the operation, your surgeon may be able to refer you to a specialist dietician or weight loss adviser for support.
Child & Pet Care
Your ease of mobility will likely be impacted after arthroscopy. If you have children and/or pets, you may need extra help from friends, family, or a sitter to care for them as you heal. Having extra help around the house can help make your healing process easier and less stressful.