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Knee Arthroscopy: Frequently Asked Questions

Am I allowed to put weight on my leg?

Yes, you are allowed to put full weight on your operative leg. You can do this within the limits of pain. Progression to full weightbearing varies from patient to patient, and can take anywhere from 1-2 days to a week.

Do I need a brace?

A soft dressing has been applied for compression and to protect your incisions. A postoperative brace is applied only if a meniscus repair is performed. This is done prior to waking up from surgery.

Do I need crutches?

Crutches are provided for comfort. You may discontinue them when you are comfortable walking. This may vary from patient to patient and can take anywhere from 1-2 days to a week. We recommend crutches if you feel unsteady on your feet to prevent falling.

When do I start Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is typically started 1 week following surgery. On some occasions, physical therapy may begin 1 day after surgery. In these cases, Dr. Forsythe and his staff will provide you with a prescription and instruct you when to begin.

Can I begin my own exercises?

Yes, you may begin moving your knee through range of motion as tolerated. You may also perform heel slides (pulling your heel to your buttock with a towel or shirt) and quad sets (squeezing your quad muscle with your leg out straight).

Pain Medication

A narcotic pain prescription is provided the day of surgery. Use this only as needed for moderate to severe pain.

Use extra strength Tylenol for mild pain or soreness

Narcotic prescriptions are not refilled


A prescription for 325mg Aspirin has been provided. This is taken daily for 30 days following surgery to prevent blood clots.

Alternatives to Aspirin will be utilized if you have an allergy to Aspirin

If you were on a blood thinner prior to surgery, you likely will resume that medication as instructed by your physician and may not be required to take 325mg Aspirin.