The medical staff will help you prepare for arthroscopy. They may ask for
the results of any recent checkup or special tests. You will be told how
to prepare at home for surgery. Someone will also talk with you about
the type of anesthesia to be used. Finally, you will 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.
Stop taking anti-inflammatory medicine, such as aspirin,
7-10 days before surgery.
Ask in advance if you can take any daily medication the day of surgery.
If you smoke, now is a good time to stop. This will reduce the risk of
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 anesthesia that will
keep you free of pain during arthroscopy.
General anesthesia lets you sleep through surgery.
local anesthesia numb only part of your body. They may be given with drugs that will help
Risks of Arthroscopy (rare)