What is included in preoperative care for plica syndrome?

Updated: Jul 05, 2018
  • Author: Tracy Lee Bigelow, DO; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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The preoperative phase of treatment involves optimizing the patient's knee strength and flexibility in an effort to streamline postoperative rehabilitation. Preoperative preparation of the patient also involves education and appropriate goal setting. For instance, the patient should understand that therapeutic exercises typically begin shortly after surgery (hours to days) and that a full return to sports can be realized soon thereafter (days to weeks). Patients who know this in advance tend to achieve these goals quite readily.


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