The patient was encouraged importance of keeping the extremity elevated above heart level on firm pillows and the need for applying ice bags to the surgical arthroscopy to control swelling and relieve pain. The patient was advised not to apply the ice pack directly to the skin, but to wrap the ice in a small towel. The patient was instructed avoid bathing until able to stand for 10 to 15 minutes, then showering with the extremity covered by a plastic bag may be permitted. The patient was instructed the use of hot tubs, whirlpool baths, and heating pads should be avoided. The patient was encouraged of moving extremities to improve circulation and prevent blood clots. The patient was instructed physical therapy exercises needed for a gradual increase in strength and mobility.