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I had knee surgery to remove 20% of my meniscus 2 months ago. While doing therapy at days my knee has some bruising and is inflated. What should I do?

I had knee surgery to remove 20% of my meniscus 2 months ago. While doing therapy at days my knee has some bruising and is inflated. What should I do?

Be patient: It is normal to have some swelling even 2 months after surgery such as a menisectomy. Make sure you follow the rice protocol - rest, ice, compression and elevation. The bruising could be just overdoing it at therapy. If the swelling persists or worsens, make a follow up appointment with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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

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Treating Bruises (Checklist)

Wear protective gear whenever needed, to prevent new bruises.
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I've bruising still from knee surgery over 2 months ago. When will it go awau?

I've bruising still from knee surgery over 2 months ago. When will it go awau?

Soon: Residual bruising from surgery 2 months ago should start to fade soon. Discuss with your surgeon and make sure he/she is aware of your concern. They may have a more complete explanation for the bruising. Sometimes skin pigmentation can be permanently altered by extensive bruising. ...Read more

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Best ways to stay in shape after knee surgery?

Best ways to stay in shape after knee surgery?

Depends: If you mean from a cardio standpoint it depends what kind of knee surgery you had. You should be asking your orthoedic surgeon this question as he/she may want to be restricting your activity. They may not want you running if you have some wear and tear issues in your knee. ...Read more

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Treating Bruises (Checklist)

Ice pack to area asap after injury
30 min, once for 1 days
Dont be frighten of color changes (bleeding can be deep in fat tissue
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If many bruises with no injuries, see your MD for blood tests
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Can you tell me how to shower after knee surgery?

Can you tell me how to shower after knee surgery?

Did your surgeon: give you instructions on how to take bath? I would avoid taking shower until you get clear instructions from them. You could in meantime do a sponge bath until you hear from them and keep the knee dry and don't wash it. ...Read more

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What pants are best to wear after knee surgery?

What pants are best to wear after knee surgery?

Loose fitting: After knee surgery it is very common to have swelling in the operative leg for some time. It varies greatly from patient to patient. ear loose fitting pants as long as there is swelling noted to prevent excessive pressure on the operative limb. ...Read more

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Treating Bruises (Checklist)

Avoid recurrent trauma to area
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Use ice to reduce inflammation
20 min, 4x day for 3 days
NSAIDs for moderate pain
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Light massage after 3 days of ice therapy
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Bruise (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are a discoloration and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the tissues. Pupura refers to bruising as the result of a disease condition. A very small bruise is called a petechia. These often appear as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could ...Read more

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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses is also known as Bruise. Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...Read more

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