Complete Physical Examination

Complete Physical Examination

Dr. Rogerson will ask that you have a physical examination and lab work with your family physician within 30 days of your surgery date. This will assist with optimization of medical records prior to the surgery and ensure that you are in the best physical condition possible on surgery day.

Pre-op discussion with a PA at Dr. Rogerson’s office:

Pre-op discussion with a PA at Dr. Rogerson’s office

We take the time to walk you through all needed consent forms, discuss your outpatient hospital stay, update x-rays (if needed), receive an outline of your specific rehab course, receive prescriptions for post op use, as well as address any specific questions you may have about the surgery or the recovery process.

Ask about your medications

Ask Dr. Rogerson's PA at your pre-op discussion whether or not you should take your routine prescription medications the morning of your surgery.

Physical Therapy

If deemed necessary, we will begin instruction on your knee exercise program or refer you to a qualified physical therapist prior to the surgery. We will also give an overview of the rehabilitation process after surgery. This will better prepare you for post-operative care.

Personal Preparation

Loose-fitting clothing is recommended. Please bring the following three pieces of information with you to the hospital: 1) Insurance, 2) A list of all your medications and dosages, and 3) a list of all your drug allergies.

Evening Before Surgery

Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery.

 undefined  You may take your morning medications with a small sip of water only if you have been instructed to do so by Dr. Rogerson's PA.   You will check in at patient registration in Stoughton Hospital.

undefined  Your vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature, will be measured.

undefined  A clean hospital gown will be provided.

undefined  All jewelry, dentures, contact lenses, and nail polish must be removed.

undefined  An IV will be started to give you fluids and medication during and after the procedure.

undefined  Dr. Rogerson or a team member will meet you before your surgery just to say “Hi” and to answer your last minute questions.

undefined  Your knee will be scrubbed and shaved in preparation for surgery.

undefined  An anesthesiologist will discuss the type of anesthesia that will be used during your surgery.





Unless you have had a ligament reconstruction, you should be able to return to most physical activities after 6 to 8 weeks, or sometimes much sooner. Higher impact activities may need to be avoided for a longer time. You will need to talk with your doctor before returning to intense physical activities. If your job involves heavy work, it may be longer before you can return to your job. Discuss when you can safely return to work with your doctor. The final outcome of your surgery will likely be determined by the degree of damage to your knee. For example, if the articular cartilage in your knee has worn away completely, then full recovery may not be possible.You may need to change your lifestyle. This might mean limiting your activities and finding low-impact exercise alternative.


Keep your leg elevated as much as possible for the first few days after surgery. Apply ice as recommended by your doctor to relieve swelling and pain.

Dressing Care

You will leave the hospital with a dressing covering your knee. Keep your incisions clean and dry. Your surgeon will tell you when you can shower or bathe, and when you should change the dressing.

Your surgeon will see you in the office a few days after surgery to check your progress, review the surgical findings, and begin your postoperative treatment program

Bearing Weight

Most patients need crutches or other assistance after arthroscopic surgery. Your surgeon will tell you when it is safe to put weight on your foot and leg. If you have any questions about bearing weight, call your surgeon.


Your doctor will discuss with you when you may drive. This decision is based on a number of factors. Typically, patients are able to drive from 1 to 3 weeks after the procedure.


Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help relieve discomfort following your surgery. He or she may also recommend medication such as aspirin to lessen the risk of blood clots.

Exercises to Strengthen Your Knee

You should exercise your knee regularly for several weeks after surgery. This will restore motion and strengthen the muscles of your leg and knee. Therapeutic exercise will play an important role in how well you recover. A formal physical therapy program may improve your final result.

Description of what medicine and food to stop prior to your knee arthroscopy procedure. 

Post-op instructions to continue your journey to full recovery following your knee scope 

Meniscal tears are among the most common knee injuries. Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are at risk for meniscal tears. However, anyone at any age can tear a meniscus. When people talk about torn cartilage in the knee, they are usually referring to a torn meniscus.

Runners, jumpers, and other athletes such as skiers, cyclists, and soccer players put heavy stress on their knees. Runner's knee is a term used to refer to a number of medical conditions that cause pain around the front of the knee (patellofemoral pain). 


Arthritis of the knee is a leading cause of disability in the United States. Patellofemoral arthritis affects your kneecap (patella bone). It causes pain in the front of your knee and can make it difficult to kneel and climb stairs.

Bursae are small, jelly-like sacs that are located throughout the body, including around the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and heel. They contain a small amount of fluid, and are positioned between bones and soft tissues, acting as cushions to help reduce friction.

Pes anserine bursitis is an inflammation of the bursa located between the shinbone (tibia) and three tendons of the hamstring muscle at the inside of the knee.

Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis of the knee, there are many treatment options available. The primary goals of treatment are to relieve pain and restore function.

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more of your joints. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the primary symptoms of arthritis. Any joint in the body may be affected by the disease, but it is particularly common in the knee.