Helping you navigate your postoperative course

By Dr. Justin Saliman

Surgical Wound Care

A plastic surgery closure is performed, therefore there are no staples/sutures to be


A waterproof dressing is placed
so you may shower immediately.
Please remove the dressings in 7 days.

How to use the Knee Brace

Note: If you did NOT wake up with a brace on your knee, then you can disregard this section.

Many meniscus repairs require use of a brace for 6 weeks to
protect the sewn tissues as they heal.


  • In this case you would have surgery in the late afternoon that day


  • You can then stay in a hotel that night and fly home any time the following dayYou may unlock the brace and bend the knee to 90 degrees immediately.


  • You may place weight on your operative leg with the brace locked in extension (0 degrees)


  • You ARE NOT to put weight on the leg when it is bent to avoid compromising the surgical repair. (i.e don’t put weight across your knee when rising from a seated position, getting into and out of a car, etc.)


  • When showering it’s ok to stand and put your weight on your leg while it’s straight. You do NOT need to use the brace in the shower, just be careful.

About the GekoTM

You may wake up from surgery with a GekoTM device on your operative leg.


This is a neuromuscular electrostimulation device that aims to reduce the risk of DVT.


It can be removed after 24 hours.

What does the geko™ device do?

The geko™ device increases arterial, venous and microcirculatory blood flow in the lower limbs. The FDA approved use is for:


  • Increasing local blood circulation


  • Immediate post-surgical stimulation of the calf muscles to prevent blood clots


  • Stimulation of the calf muscles to prevent venous thrombosis in non-surgical patients at risk for venous thromboembolism


  • Edema reduction


You are not required to take any medications after surgery.

That said, you were prescribed 3 medications to help make you comfortable after surgery:


  • Tramadol: pain medication


  • Colace: stool softener (to treat constipation which can happen if you take the Tramadol)


  • Diclofenac sodium: anti-inflammatory medication (please wait until 2 days after surgery to start this one)

Isometric Exercises

To avoid losing muscle strength, perform isometric exercises as frequently as possible (i.e. when watching TV, reading a book, relaxing, etc.

Rehab Protocol

The rehab protocols can be found on our website under Resources → Protocols.


The right Protocol for your case will be emailed to you after your first postoperative appointment.




MISHA and Meniscus Repair

Physical Therapy

Meniscus repair

You will start physical therapy
6 weeks after surgery.


The script will be emailed to you after the first postoperative appointment.

Meniscus repair + MISHA

You will start physical therapy within one week of surgery.


The script will be given to you
before surgery.

Postoperative Appointments

  • You will meet with Dr. Saliman 1 week following surgery via Zoom or in person.

  • At this session, we will discuss the surgery, review the intra-operative imaging, and answer any questions you have.

  • You will meet with Dr. Saliman again at the 3 month postoperative mark (after you’ve completed 6 weeks of therapy)

  • If you need anything from him in the interim he is available

Any Questions?
Please reach out to our office

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    About Dr. Justin Saliman

    Justin D. Saliman, MD, located in Beverly Hills, is a Stanford sports medicine trained orthopaedic surgeon operating out of Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.


    He is the founder of Ceterix® Orthopaedics and the inventor of the NovoStitch® Pro Meniscal Repair System, which was acquired by a large medical device company called Smith & Nephew in 2019.

    The device was granted FDA approval in 2012 and Dr. Saliman has been using it to preserve knee joints ever since.


    Nobody has more experience sewing meniscus tears
    back together than Dr. Saliman.


    He is specialized in joint preserving minimally invasive techniques to repair injuries to the knee to prevent arthritis and the need for joint replacement later in life.

    Dr. Saliman completed a sports medicine fellowship at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he cared for the San Francisco 49ers and the athletic teams at Santa Clara and Stanford Universities.

    Prior to his fellowship, he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the prestigious St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University in New York City. He earned his medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine outside his hometown of Denver.

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