All operations involve an element of risk. Those involved in a knee arthroscopy will be discussed with you by Mr Jackson and include:
- Infection (<1%).
- Blood clots also known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus (PE) (<1%).
- Numbness of the skin around the wounds.
- Nerve or vessel damage ( <1 in 1000).
Length of stay is generally 6 hours.
Return to driving is generally recommended once you are off the crutches and feel can safely make an emergency stop.
Flying is not recommended for 6 weeks after surgery (particularly long haul flights of >4 hours) to minimise the risk of a deep vein thrombosis.
Wound is generally closed using steristrips (paper stitches). This will be clarified by nursing staff on discharge. These can be removed 12-14 post operatively. You do not need to attend your gp for removal of steristrips.
Showering is not permitted until 24 hours after surgery. Cling film can used to keep the dressing dry.
Returning to work is dependent on the type of work (office based 1 week, manual work 2 weeks). This can be discussed with Mr Jackson.
You are required to have someone come collect you after the surgery. The anaesthetic remains in your system for 24 hours. It can inhibit your reaction time and you may also feel drowsy for this period.