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Dr. Ronald Oberman
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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Can having a swollen ankle give you knee pain? i had knee surgery 3 yrs ago and my ankle swells up now so i wondered if thats why my knee still hurts.

Can having a swollen ankle give you knee pain? i had knee surgery 3 yrs ago and my ankle swells up now so i wondered if thats why my knee still hurts.

Probably unrelated: Until the ankle is painful and changes your gait and puts increased stress on the knee, the issues are unrelated. Get the knee reevaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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I had arthoscopic knee surgery 4 weeks ago and my ankles are swollen. Is this normal? What should I do?

I had arthoscopic knee surgery 4 weeks ago and my ankles are swollen.  Is this normal? What should I do?

Be seen: I would certainly let your surgeon know. The most common cause if it involves both sides is that you have retained fluid still from your surgery. While you are having surgery you get IV fluids that can third space into your soft tissues and gradually resolves. But other causes such as heart or kidney failure, medication reaction, or blood clot are possible. So make sure your surgeon is aware. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Grindstaff
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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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My husband had knee surgery 5 days ago. He has fluid under his knee cap. Tonight, the other leg/ankle is swelling badly. Should he be seen at ER?

My husband had knee surgery 5 days ago.  He has fluid under his knee cap.  Tonight, the other leg/ankle is swelling badly.  Should he be seen at ER?

Maybe: No info about husband's age, medical problems, type of surgery, etc. The fluid under knee cap is probably not of concern UNLESS the skin over it has become red, hot, swollen, and very tender, or if fever. The OTHER leg being swollen is more concerning. If he has any calf or leg tenderness on that side, please go to ER right away to make sure no blood clot. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Meislin
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I had athroscopic knee surgery, ACL recons. And meniscus 5days ago. Ankle is now swollen and bruised, i believe hematoma. It is very painful. Danger?

I had athroscopic knee surgery, ACL recons. And meniscus 5days ago. Ankle is now swollen and bruised, i believe hematoma. It is very painful. Danger?

Hematoma: Following acl surgery especially if your own (autologous) bone patellar tendon bone graft is taken swelling, bruising in the ankle is not uncommon. Just make sure that you are not having any sharp calf pain where a doppler ultrasound would be helpful to be performed to rule out a blood clot. ...Read more

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Dr. Fred Birnbaum
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Knee and ankle pain caused by misalignment after ankle sprain 2 years ago. Is there a way to treat misalignment? Need surgery?

Knee and ankle pain caused by misalignment after ankle sprain 2 years ago. Is there  a way to treat misalignment? Need surgery?

Orthotics: changes in your walk after the injury might be the cause. Get an evaluation from your local podiatrist. Foot orthotics aimed at re-aligning your gait may help before resorting to surgery ...Read more

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Ankle Pain (Definition)

Ankle pain is a symptom in which a person has pain in one or both ankles. Pain can be caused by ...Read more


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