Knee Arthroscopy Recovery and Rehabilitation
Even though recovery after such minimally invasive knee surgery is quicker than with open surgery, patients can still expect a few weeks of recovery time in most cases. Dr. Getelman will prescribe a thorough post-operative rehabilitation program for all patients to follow after surgery.
Patients can expect some initial swelling and general discomfort in and around the knee joint after knee arthroscopy. Patients are encouraged to use ice packs to decrease pain and swelling. Pain medication is typically prescribed and patients are expected to follow the perioperative instructions provided by Dr. Getelman and his orthopedic team.
The physical therapy rehabilitation program prescribed by Dr. Getelman will begin shortly after surgery in the majority of patients. The rehabilitation program and interaction between the patient, physical therapist and orthopedic surgeon is critical to success following most knee arthroscopy surgery. Dr. Getelman will provide patients with a detailed physical therapy guide designed to first restore range of motion, then strengthen the knee joint and improve overall joint function.
To learn more about knee arthroscopy or other knee surgery options, please contact Dr. Mark Getelman, orthopedic knee surgeon in the Van Nuys, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles, California area.