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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?

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 more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Arthroscopic Surgery (Definition)

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


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Is calf pain normal after arthroscopy of knee?

Is calf pain normal after arthroscopy of knee?

Not usually: Calf pain and swelling may be concerning for a blood clot (deep venous thrombosis, aka dvt). Let your surgeon know you are having these symptoms and they will likely need to see you immediately for evaluation and may order a scan of your leg occasionally, you may get soreness in the muscle belly of the calf. If you have chest pain or shortness of breath, go to the emergency department immediatel. ...Read more

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Will I feel anything during an arthroscopy on my knee?

Will I feel anything during an arthroscopy on my knee?

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

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When should someone think about having an arthroscopy of the knee?

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

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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.

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

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What is a knee arthroscopy?

What is a knee arthroscopy?

Surgery: a surgical procedure where your MD will make a few holes to look inside your knee with a scope and camera and take care of the problem inside with small instruments . ...Read more

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I got a knee arthroscopy on 11/22/13?

Consult your doctor: Go for the test and review the results with your physician. ...Read more

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What happens during a knee arthroscopy?

What happens during a knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy: Two or three portals are typically made and the arthroscope is maneuvered around the knee with inspection of all three compartments: patellofemoral, medial and lateral compartment. The menisci, articular cartilage and cruciate ligaments are inspected and if damaged are addressed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a knee arthroscopy?

Exercise: If no repair was done you need to work on range of motion and strength, also use ice ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Arthroscopy (Definition)

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