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Dad had arthroscopy knee surgery week ago. Post surgery he is having pain in calf muscles. Is this unusual or associated with the post surgery?
Check for a clot: Pain in calf muscles can be seen after arthroscopy but its imperative that you call your surgeon. He will send you to an er immediately to rule out the presence of a clot. Clots can be fatal if left untreated. Go to er if you can't contact your surgeon. Its better to be safe than sorry! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arthroscopic surgery is also known as Arthroscopy. Arthroscopic surgery involves looking inside of a joint with a very small camera. The joint is filled with water and the camera is placed into the joint, using small incisions. Most orthopaedic surgeons utilize arthroscopic surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including: meniscal and rotator cuff years, joint infections and inflammation, removal of loose ...Read more
I am having bilateral knee arthroscopies done. Is it a bad idea to get both done at once. I know it depends alot on what they see and do once inside.
Bad idea: I think elective bilateral surgery is a bad idea. For mobility reasons, I think it's better to have staged surgery so you have a "good" or "better" leg to use to get around while the other leg is recovering. ...Read more
You shouldn't : Knee arthroscopies are done with sufficient anesthesia that you shouldn't feel much of anything during surgery. The procedure can be done under general anesthesia, when you are completely asleep, a spinal anesthetic, where your legs are numb, or local anesthesia, where you won't feel pain but might feel pressure in your knee. You should discuss your options with your surgeon, as preferences vary. ...Read more
Many reasons: An arthroscopy of the knee may be able to treat many different pathologies from cartilage defects, meniscal tears, ACL and PCL reconstructions, some malalignment problems. If you have one of these problems and it is causing difficulty with normal activities, arthroscopy should be considered. ...Read more
Thigh/calf exercises: Routine knee arthroscopy to address common injuries such as mensical tears and cartilage lesions generally allow for several basic activities geared to help prevent postoperative complications. Performing thigh muscle contractions via a straight leg raise (knee kept straight) helps prevent loss of extension and helps prepare for ambulation. Calf pumping exercises help prevent blood clots (dvt). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Varies: After any surgery there is usually some discomfort associated with swelling and the procedure performed. Icing, medication as needed and starting physical therapy immediately following the surgery will decrease the discomfort significantly. If you were in a lot of pain prior to the surgery you will probably find you are in less pain after the 2nd-3rd week post operatively. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several, but rare...: Generally, arthroscopy is a very safe procedure. Common side effects include swelling, pain, and muscle weakness, all which should resolve with time and rehabilitation. Rare but potential side complications can include anesthetic-related complications, infection, or dvt/pe (deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism), or nerve or blood vessel injury. Procedure-specific risks are also present. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Advance as tolerated: A diagnostic knee arthroscopy is a limited procedure, whereby the joint is entered and the staus of the named structures (cartilage, synovium, ligaments, and meniscii) are all documented. No actual debridement, repai, or reconstruction of injured tissues is performed. Because of this low morbidity, your activities can essentially advance as tolerated. Discuss details of your case with your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...Read more
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