How Do I Prepare for Meniscus Surgery of the Knee?
Your orthopedist will let you know exactly how to prepare best for surgery. In some cases, people have better surgical outcomes when they engage in "pre-habilitation," or physical therapy before the surgery. Your doctor will also ask you to fast for a set period of time before the surgery, usually around eight hours. People also have better outcomes if they stop or reduce all substance use before surgery, including nicotine, alcohol, and pain medications.
When Is This Surgery Recommended?
This surgery is recommended when people have meniscal tears that compromise full painless function of the knee. Many doctors will try conservative approaches such as ice, anti-inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy first. In some cases, a surgical repair is the only option for recovery..
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