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A 25-year-old female asked:

I got a tmj arthroscopy done 8 months ago. i have a feelingthat something is there and i hear cracks. what could be thereason of still getting inflammation?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Arthroscopy: Check with your orthopedic surgeon. Could have new tear, synovitis, loose body, arthritis.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Orthopedic surgeons are good with other joints, but know NOTHING about TMJ. Zero.
Mar 16, 2014
Dr. Majid Jamali
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Joint swelling: Could be more adhesions forming (scars) or disc perforation. You might want to take another mri.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
New problem: Probably from continued joint degeneration. If cause of TMJ symptoms was not treated, most often that means correcting malocclusion (see an orthodontist) joint will continue to deteriorate. Go back to surgeon for reexamination.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
No surgery 100%: Arthroscopic surgery has a success rate somewhere between 80-90%. If your symptoms are still unacceptable, you may need another scope, arthrocentesis, a steroid injection, or open TMJ surgery.

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