What is Recovery Like for Arthroscopy?
After arthroscopy, you'll go to a recovery room to rest for about an hour or more. Your doctor may prescribe some pain medication and exercise, including aspirin, to prevent blood clots. Besides, applying ice after 24 hours of the procedure is crucial to reduce swelling and avoid alcohol during recovery.
For knee or ankle arthroscopy, you may need crutches or a sling for the shoulder, elbow, and wrist for support. After a day of arthroscopy, replace surgical bandages with small strips to cover the cuts. For non-dissolvable stitches, your doctor will remove them after one or two weeks. Generally, keep the wound dry throughout the healing period for fast, infection-free recovery.