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how long does swelling take to go down after knee surgery?

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Dr. Gary Golden
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 26 years experience
2-3months: All individual healing time is patient and procedure specific. Call your surgeon if have further questions. Ice elevation massage gentle rom might help.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
swelling: This depends on many factors including what was done during surgery, age, etc. Simple procedure such as isolated meniscus tears often have very little swelling that resolves in a matter of days. More significant surgeries including ligament reconstruction may take weeks to months to resolve swelling. The presence of arthritis also increases the recurrence of swelling.

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