We specialize in:
- Knee Arthroscopy
- Quadriceps/Patellar Tendon Repairs
- Prepatellar Bursectomy
- Patellar Tendon Debridement
General Information about Knee Surgery:
Dr. Siegrist schedules surgery on Wednesdays and Fridays.
- Takes about 1 hour. You will be completely asleep (general anesthesia.)
- The anesthesiologist or surgery center nurse will call you the night before surgery to review details.
- You will need someone to drive you home. Expect to be at the surgery center for at least 4-5 hours.
What are the risks associated with this operation:
- Infection, very rare with arthroscopy.
- Medical problems related to anesthesia, like heart or breathing complications.
- Excessive bleeding or bruising, especially if you’re on blood thinners or bruise easily.
- Continued pain or stiffness in the knee/leg despite everything going as expected.
- Blood clot, which can be dangerous if it travels from your leg vein to your lungs. This is not likely because it is a short procedure and you start gentle exercises soon after surgery. If you have a history of blood clots, we’ll work with your primary-care doctor on prescribing blood-thinners postop to prevent another one.
Prepare for your surgery and you’ll have a speedy recovery:
- Visit our website to learn about knees, arthritis, torn cartilage, etc: www.knowyourbones.com
- See your primary-care physician for preoperative medical clearance (EKG if needed, etc…) and fill out the paperwork for the Surgery Center.
- If you have chronic health issues, you may need to see your cardiologist or other specialist before surgery.
- If you take Coumadin, Plavix or other blood-thinner, we’ll contact your doctor who prescribes it. Usually, patients stop taking their blood thinner 5 days before surgery, and re-start the day after.
- Practice using your crutches or walker, especially on stairs.
- Stop taking any anti-inflammatory medicines (Motrin, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Aspirin…) and supplements like glucosamine 7 days before surgery to prevent excess bleeding (you’ll restart them after the operation.)
- Please write down any notes or questions, and bring them to your pre-operative visit for us to talk about.