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Falmouth sports medicine

CAPE
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CAPE COD SPORTS MEDICINE INC.
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SPORTS MEDICINE

PO BOX 765
KNEE ARTHROSCOPY
ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON
360 GIFFORD STREET
ARGE INST
RUCT IONS
FALMOUTH, MA 02540
Donald E. O’Malley, M.D.
OFFICE: (508) 540-0200
Karen A. Trait, PA-C
FAX: (508) 540-0201

GENERAL INFORMATION:

1. You cannot drive home after surgery. Someone should drive you home and assist you into the house. Generally you should not drive until you’ve had your sutures removed by our medical assistant. 2. Anesthetic agents can remain in the body for up to 36 hours after surgery. Therefore you should NOT drink alcohol or make important legal decisions during this timeframe and have someone assist you over the 1st 24 hours after surgery. 3. Dr. O’Malley discussed your surgical findings with you in the recovery room. It is not unusual for you to have little to no recollection of that. He will discuss your surgical findings in detail and show you the intra-operative pictures at your post-operative appointment in 10-14 days. 4. If it was not already scheduled for you, please call our office at 508-540-0200 to book your post-op appointment.
5. Please do not shave your legs for 5 days prior to surgery- there is risk for accidentally cutting yourself and having
surgery cancelled due to having a cut on your surgical knee. 6. No NSAIDS for 7 days prior to surgery. This includes Aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, Ibuprofen and Fish Oil.
7. Absolutely nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night prior to surgery. This includes water, candy, gum,

ACTIVITY:

Generally you should be weight bearing as tolerated on crutches or a walker, whichever is more comfortable. You will be given crutches at the hospital before going home. The Senior Centers sometimes have walkers available to borrow short-term. Advantage Home Medical and Cape Medical Supply have walkers to rent or buy. You can discontinue your assistive device as soon as your leg feels comfortable and secure. It is okay to ambulate around the house as much as possible after your surgery. There is a special Ice Pack on your leg with two gel-pads inside. You should have received two additional gel-packs to place in the freezer. Place ice on your knee for 20 minutes every hour you’re awake for the first three days. Thereafter you can use it as needed, but especially after an exercise session. Ice is a natural anti-inflammatory and is very beneficial to use.
DRESSINGS:

A clean & sterile dressing was placed on your wounds at the end of the operation. You may remove this bulky dressing on post-operative day #5. Place Band-Aids over the small wounds and sutures. Replace the Band-Aids daily.
Keep your bulky dressings clean and dry during the first five days. You may get your wound wet after you
remove the bulky dressing on day 5
.

MEDICATION:
You received a prescription for narcotic pain medication at your pre-op appointment. You can use extra-strength Tylenol for mild pain or in between doses of pain medication. Narcotics can make you lightheaded, nauseous, confused and constipated. If these symptoms occur cut your dosage in half. Pain medication should be taken early in the pain cycle. It is harder to get rid of pain once established. If you have NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) at home such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve or Ibuprofen you can take these for breakthrough pain and in combination with Tylenol. Please call us with any questions.
DIET: Your regular customary diet is recommended.

FOLLOW-UP APPOINTMENT: Make appt in 10-14 days. Call 540-0200 for appointment
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Source: http://www.ccsportsmed.com/pdf/d-c%20inst%20knee%20scope.pdf

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