Two days later the bandages should be removed, and the patient may wash his operated knee in the shower fully with soap and water, and there is no longer need for an additional local bandage. The patient receives anti-inflammatory medications without cortisone for the first post-op days, in order to alleviate the pain and to expedite the recovery and the reduction of the knee swelling.
After surgery it is usually advised to the patient to commence a full weight bearing on the operated knee, whilst exercising regular load on the leg already on the day of the intervention, without crouches. It is also advisable to the patient to begin to self-activate the knee to the maximum range of motion without restrictions.
Usually following a recovery period, that does not exceed a few days, the patient returns to an active life, whilst at the same time Dr. Suzanna Horovitz conducts medical surveillance and examination, that includes in some cases a rehabilitation program, that is specifically tailored to the nature of the lesion and the patient.
Self-exercise of the patient includes movements to fully extend and flex the knee, voluntarily with initiation. The return to an active life is not solely the goal of any patient, that undergoes a surgery, this sort of minimally invasive intervention is also an important part of the post-op treatment.
Maintenance of these guide-lines will not just allow the patient the return to an active life within a short period of time, but it is also important for the athletes amongst us to return to a full physical activity as soon as possible.