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Do i remove an ace bandage from a bruised swollen knee before going to bed for the evening? injury contusion on right knee from a slip and fall at work. right knee was the first body part to hit the pavement. my size is 6'3 3/4, 340 lbs. xray indicates kn

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Dr. Joseph Jeu
Family Medicine 44 years experience
At : At night , remove the ace wrap, elevate knee by putting pillow or towel under it. Rewrap it in the morning. Bet wishes.
Dr. James McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Avoid : Avoid anything constricting your knee at night. As a rule of thumb you should try to avoid ace bandages and the like as they may contribute to the development of blood clots on your legs which can go into your lungs and kill you. Icing, leg elevation and assistive ambulation with crutches, cane or walker is the acute phase is likely to give you a lot of relief. You are a big guy and the amount of energy involved was significant. If pain doesn't recover as expected, develop progressive pain, swelling, stiffness, giving way, locking or painful popping additional testing may be needed. Best of luck.
Dr. Marshall Katzen
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes. : Yes. Leaving it on all night may interfere with venous circulation. This is aggravated by your size. Replace it not too tightly in the am.

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