Recovery & Support
At UCSF Health, we are renowned for our highly specialized and cutting-edge medical care. Along with innovative medicine, we strive to provide a variety of services to ensure that patients and families are fully supported while in our care. UCSF has a team of experienced social workers and condition-specific support groups as well as classes to help patients and families navigate their experiences while in our clinics and hospitals.
Our support services also include unique programs to help heal the mind and spirit, such as Art for Recovery, Healing Through Dance and complimentary spa treatments during infusion therapy. During an unfamiliar and stressful time, UCSF's support services are ready to lend a hand whenever patients and families need it most.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will I have stitches?
You'll have two or three stitches that will be removed seven to 10 days after surgery.
- When will I have a follow-up appointment?
Your doctor will examine your knee and remove the sutures about a week after surgery.
- When will I start physical therapy?
You should start physical therapy a week to 10 days after surgery.
- How long will I be on crutches?
This varies depending on your specific injury and the selected procedure. For example, if you have a meniscus repair, you may need crutches for two to six weeks. After a meniscectomy, patients usually stop using crutches sometime during the first week after surgery.
- Are cold therapy machines effective for post-op pain?
You can choose among a number of icing methods, but a simple and affordable option is placing a regular ice pack or package of frozen vegetables on your knee. Cold therapy devices are effective but expensive.
Support services at UCSF Health
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.