When You Were in the Hospital
You had surgery to check for problems in your knee (knee arthroscopy). You may have been checked for:
- Torn meniscus. Meniscus is cartilage that cushions the space between the bones in the knee. Surgery is done to repair or remove it.
- Torn or damaged anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
- Inflamed or damaged lining of the joint. This lining is called the synovium.
- Misalignment of the kneecap (patella). Misalignment puts the kneecap out of position.
- Small pieces of broken cartilage in the knee joint
- Baker's cyst. This is a swelling behind the knee that is filled with fluid. Sometimes this occurs when there is inflammation (soreness and pain) from other causes, like arthritis. The cyst can be removed during this surgery.
- Some fractures of the bones of the knee
What to Expect at Home
You may be able to put weight on your knee in the first week after having this surgery. Most people can return to their normal activities within the first month. You may need to be on crutches for a while. Ask your health care provider if there are activities you should limit.
If you have a more complicated knee arthroscopy procedure, you may not be able to walk for several weeks. You may also need to use crutches or a knee brace. Full recovery may take several months to a year.