How you prepareBy Mayo Clinic staff
Exact preparations depend on which of your joints the surgeon is examining or repairing. In general, you should:
- Avoid certain medications. Your doctor may want you to avoid taking medications or dietary supplements that can increase your risk of bleeding.
- Fast beforehand. Depending on the type of anesthesia you'll have, your doctor may want you to avoid eating solid foods eight hours before your procedure.
- Arrange for a ride. You won't be allowed to drive yourself home after the procedure, so make sure someone will be available to transport you.
- Choose loose clothing. Wear loose, comfortable clothing — baggy gym shorts, for example, if you're having knee arthroscopy — so you can dress easily after the procedure.
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