How You Might Feel After Your Procedure

  • Your may experience increased joint swelling and discomfort for a few days
  • You may have a slight temperature for 2 days

Incision Care

  • Remove your dressing after 48 hours
  • If you have steri-strips on puncture sites, leave them on until they fall off
  • If you have sutures, they are dissolvable and will not require removal
  • You may shower after 2 days,
  • Continue to wear elastic support until swelling is relieved in your knee

Pain and Medication

  • Take the pain medication that is prescribed by your surgeon as needed
  • Elevating your leg on pillows and applying ice packs around your knee will help reduce swelling and discomfort
  • Follow your surgeon’s advice on resuming your routine medications


  • If diabetic, follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding diet and medication

Activity and Exercise

  • Rest for the first 24 hours after your procedure
  • Avoid squatting and twisting for 2 weeks
  • Be as active as you can within the limits of your discomfort- continue with exercises as directed by your surgeon
  • Check with your surgeon regarding return to work

Follow Up Care

  • Call for a follow up appointment with your surgeon within 1 week

You need to call your doctor if you have:

  • Fever that persists after 2 days
  • Bleeding or foul drainage from your puncture sites
  • Numbness, tingling or colour changes in your leg
  • Leg or knee pain that is unrelieved by pain medication
If you cannot contact your doctor, go to the nearest Emergency Department.
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