Arthroscopic surgery is generally done on an outpatient basis, allowing you to go home a few hours after surgery. However, following ACL reconstruction, you may stay in the hospital an extra day.
Depending on your age, certain preoperative tests will be arranged, such as blood tests, urine tests, chest x-ray, and EKG.
What to tell your doctor
Be sure to tell your doctor:
After the chosen anesthetic has been administered, the leg is thoroughly cleaned, usually with an iodine-based solution. A tourniquet may be placed around the thigh. A tiny incision is made on the outer side of the knee about level with the lower end of the knee cap. The arthroscope is then gently introduced into the knee, so the surgeon can see the inside of the knee on the TV monitor.
Another small incision is then made on the inner side of the knee to allow the surgeon to insert specialized instruments.