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General Information about Knee Surgery:

Dr. Siegrist schedules surgery on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Outpatient surgery (you go home the same day) at: Westfall Surgery Center or Rochester Ambulatory Surgery Center

  • 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.