How long do I have to fast before the operation?
Nothing to eat or drink from 12 midnight before the operation.
What is the type of anaesthetic?
General anaesthetic is used in the majority of cases.
How long will I need to stay in hospital AFTER the operation?
You need to stay in hospital for about 4 hours AFTER the operation is completed.
Will I have pain:
YES you will have pain; the degree will vary from individual to individual. Do not be frightened to take pain killers.
Can I drive home?
NO! You are not allowed to drive or make a legal decision for 24 hours.
Are there risks in the operation?
Yes! They are the same risks as for any surgical procedure. They are very rare but do occur. The most worrying complications are infection and DVT (blood clot in the leg).
What do I have to do if I’m taking medicines?
Bring them to the hospital; tell the nurse and the Anaesthetist.
I could be suffering from a contagious disease! What shall I do?
It is Very important to you and to all the people involved in your care that you tell us.
Are there risks in the operations?
Yes! Potential complications include:
- INFECTION – A serious but very rare complication that occurs (<1:2000) in arthroscopies. Deep infection of the joint requires readmission to hospital, washout of the joint and intravenous antibiotics. Long term infection may lead to stiffness and arthritis in the joint. Infection from the liposuction may also occur.
- DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS (Clot in the leg) – This sometimes occurs following surgery and can be dangerous. The risk is minimal following minor surgery, however, you can reduce the risk of getting a blood clot by walking (on crutches if you require them). It is important that you DO NOT just rest at home. A clot can form in either leg (not only the operated leg)
- BLEEDING IN THE JOINT – This is a common complication but is rarely severe. It will always occur following procedures on structures with a blood supply (just as when you cut your skin). It is a problem when it is excessive and may require drainage.
- Bleeding from the portal is more common and may require suturing.
- PATCH NUMBENESS AND NERVE INJURY – Minor areas of numbness around the wounds are common. Occasionally, however, a minor skin nerve may be cut leading to an area of numbness or occasionally hypersensitivity. The larger the incision the greater the occurrence.
- OTHER rare complications include: Injuries to arteries and veins Ligament tears, Abnormal pain response (RSD)