4 Steps to Help You Prepare for Arthroscopy

4 Steps to Help You Prepare for Arthroscopy

You’re scheduled for arthroscopic surgery. It may be on a knee, a hip, or in the area of another joint. Today’s modern arthroscopic surgery has many benefits. This minimally invasive surgical technique results in faster healing than traditional open surgery. 

Board-certified Dr. Michael Hood at Delta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine uses arthroscopy to diagnose and treat painful joint injuries and conditions. Following are four tips to help you prepare for the surgery and allow you to recover as quickly as possible. 

Prepare your house for your post-surgery comfort  

Arrange an area in your home where you’ll be comfortable after the surgery. Clear away clutter and remove throw rugs so you’re on an even surface. 

Have a table by your bed or recliner that’s large enough to hold your glasses, phone or tablet, medications, water, and other necessary items. Purchase a grabber that extends your reach if something falls to the floor. 

If you’ll need assistive devices like a cane or walker, get them prior to your surgery as well. Make sure they’re the correct height for your body frame. 

Continue gentle exercises  

If you’re able to do so, continue gentle exercises so your muscles don’t atrophy. Going into surgery with strong muscles helps you recover faster. Dr. Hood provides instructions on whether and how to exercise prior to your surgery. 

Don’t smoke or drink alcohol in the days prior to your surgery 


You know that smoking is bad for your health. Smoking and the use of nicotine retards healing after surgery. It also increases your risks of postsurgical complications. 

You may not have realized that alcohol thins your blood. Your blood needs to be able to clot properly during and after the trauma from the surgery. Being alcohol-free in the days prior to the surgery helps avoid excessive bleeding. 

Check with us about stopping NSAIDs, aspirin 

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers such as Advil® and Aleve® and even aspirin can result in excessive bleeding during your procedure and afterward. You should stop taking these at least 10 days prior to your surgery. 

If you’re on a blood thinner, discuss with Dr. Hood whether to stop using it in the days before the surgery. You’re usually able to resume taking the blood thinner a day or two after surgery. 

On your medical history form, always list all of your supplements and any herbs you take, as well as prescription and over-the-counter medications. Bring these to Dr. Hood’s attention during your pre-op appointment. Some herbs may produce negative reactions to anesthesia or result in increased bleeding. 

For expert orthopedic care, call Delta Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine or book an appointment through our online portal today. We have offices in West Memphis, Arkansas, and Collierville, Tennessee, to serve you.

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