The healthcare staff will help you get ready for arthroscopy. They may ask for the results of any recent exams or special tests. You will be told how to get ready at home for surgery. A healthcare provider will talk with you about the type of anesthesia to be used. You will also learn whether you should plan to spend the night at the hospital.
Have any tests that your surgeon orders.
Don’t eat or drink anything for 8 hours before surgery. This includes coffee, water, and gum.
Ask your healthcare provider if you should take your regular medicines before surgery.
Stop taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, such as aspirin, 7 to 10 days before surgery.
If you smoke, now is a good time to stop. Quitting can lessen the risk for problems from the surgery, such as an infection. You may need several weeks of not smoking to get the full benefit.
Arrange for an adult friend or family member to give you a ride home after surgery.
Planning for anesthesia
Before surgery, you will be told about the type of medicine that will keep you free of pain during arthroscopy. General anesthesia lets you sleep through surgery. Regional and local anesthesia numb the involved part of your body. You may also be given a medicine that will help you relax.
Risks of arthroscopy (rare)
Excess bleeding or swelling
Instrument breakage or failure
Harm to nerves and blood vessels
A shift to open surgery (calls for a larger cut)
February 22, 2018
Patient education: Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (Beyond the Basics). UpToDate
Joseph, Thomas N., MD,Sather, Rita, RN