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Dr. Alan Ali
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How normal is calf pain after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Dr. Alan Ali
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How normal is calf pain after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Meniscus: Best to consult your orthopedic surgeon.

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Amir Khan
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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?

Dr. Amir Khan
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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 more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. John Goldman
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Lower leg stiffness persisting several months after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Dr. John Goldman
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Lower leg stiffness persisting  several months after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Baker's cyst: It may be or may not be related to the arthroscopic surgery. I would consider a baker's cyst with fluid leaking down from the knee as a possibility. Would also consider other vascular, neurologic, bone or joint consideration. If the reason for the arthroscopy was in the arthritis maybe there's arthritis in the ankle midfoot or hind foot. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Hellman
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Mild shortness of breath. No chest pain or leg pain/swelling. Arthroscopic knee surgery past. Monday, aspirin therapy since. Healthy 34 yo female. ?

Dr. Edward Hellman
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Mild shortness of breath. No chest pain or leg pain/swelling. Arthroscopic knee surgery past. Monday, aspirin therapy since. Healthy 34 yo female. ?

Be seen: I would sure be seen, especially if you have not had problems with shortness of breath before. It could be as simple as a little fluid overload from the fluids you got in surgery, but a pulmonary embolus from a blood clot is potentially life threatening and has been reported after elective knee surgeries. Let your surgeon know. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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I had arthroscopic knee surgery on jan. 16 I have since developed a rash on my leg that hurts when pressure is applied to that area. Should i worry?

Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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I had arthroscopic knee surgery on jan. 16 I have since developed a rash on my leg that hurts when pressure is applied to that area. Should i worry?

Leg rash: What part of leg has rash? Near the knee? Is it red & hot as well as tender? Any fever? See orthopedic surgeon who performed arthroscopy for evaluation to rule out joint infection or cellulitis at puncture sites. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Sheskier
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Had arthroscopic knee surgery 4 days ago. Anytime my leg isnt elevated (ie, walking with crutches) my toes, foot turn blue. How long does this last?

Dr. Steven Sheskier
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Had arthroscopic knee surgery 4 days ago. Anytime my leg isnt elevated (ie, walking with crutches) my toes, foot turn blue. How long does this last?

Can last 1-2 weeks: Body reacts to surgery in leg in many different ways sometimes as you have described. The surgical dressing if a bit tight can cause these symptoms as well. Speak to your surgeon if of concern or worsening. ...Read more

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
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Dr. Robert Kent
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Feeling pain in my thigh muscle when pressing it or at sitting position. Is it normal after arthroscopic knee surgery for removal of plica? It's day 6

Dr. Robert Kent
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Feeling pain in my thigh muscle when pressing it or at sitting position. Is it normal after arthroscopic knee surgery for removal of plica? It's day 6

Yes, fairly normal: This is most likely from edema related to the surgery. The edema and injury from the surgery to the area just below your quads can cause significant edema and actual short term structural changes leading to some discomfort. Give it about two weeks and discuss with your ortho if it does not improve. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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I play football. What can I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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I play football. What can I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Physical therapy ++: You'll certainly need to build up the muscles that attach to the knee (quads, hamstrings, calf muscles etc), and do a lot of specified therapy by a well trained sports physical therapist. But when, or if, you should go back to playing football will be related to what type of football, what level of play, what procedure u had, how well u recovered: in other words, what the 'orthopod' says. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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What should I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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What should I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Quick Recovery: A sore and swollen knee for a couple days. Use crutches as needed for the first couple of days. Use ice readily over the first few days, and start early full range of motion early to reduce swelling and prevent stiffness. Minimize standing and walking until swelling and pain resolve. If swelling gone and range of motion normal, normal activities are allowed usually at 4 weeks post-op. ...Read more

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