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A 64-year-old female asked:

Had knee arthroscopy for a torn knee meniscus which was trimmed. now 6 week out , just mild pain morning only but i have fluid buildup protruding from my knee cap (half a tennis ball). ive been icing, elevating my foot, was taking motrin.why happng?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
This should be seen by the surgeon who did your arthroscopy. Your surgeon will know exactly what was done and whether having a fluid collection is part of your recovery or if it is unexpected. He may be able to get a sample of the fluid for analysis to find out what is causing this fluid to collect. So, see your surgeon. Best of luck to you! Feel better soon!
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Dr. Matthew Baker
Orthopedic Surgery 14 years experience
There is increased fluid produced after knee surgery. Use an ace wrap for gentle compression and it should go away
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Last updated Oct 25, 2021

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