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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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Is pain in my calf normal after knee surgery?

Is pain in my calf normal after knee surgery?

No: Calf pain is not normal after knee surgery. I would go back to your orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. You can possible have a blood clot in your calf after surgery. If you have asleep venous thrombosis that could be life threatening. ...Read more

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I've had reconstructive knee surgery but lately the interior portion of my knee into my calf has been hurting. It hurts to touch, bend, straiten, etc?

I've had reconstructive knee surgery but lately the interior portion of my knee into my calf has been hurting. It hurts to touch, bend, straiten, etc?

Be careful: This could minor or could be major problem.
Minor problem could be some muscle strain or superficial inflammations.
The major problem could be you have phlebitis.
Check it out as soon as you can. Happy new year. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery about a year ago and since then I have had to wear a knee brace every day my knee hurts all the time and my calf stays swollen up?

I had knee surgery about a year ago and since then I have had to wear a knee brace every day my knee hurts all the time and my calf stays swollen up?

See details.: This is obviously not a normal result from what I assume to be arthroscopic surgery. You should not still need a brace and should not be in pain. Calf swelling can be secondary to phlebitis or the rupture of a popliteal cyst among other causes. Get a 2nd opinion. I would strongly recommend a new MRI if you have not recently had one done. ...Read more

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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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I just had arthroscopic knee surgery and all the fluid from my knee pooled down in my calf and around my ankle and is causing numbness in the foot?

Compartment syndrome: It is unlikely that the fluid went down your leg. It is more likely that you are having a vascular complications from the surgery and you should go to your emergency room immediately for an ultrasound examination. There's a condition called compartment syndrome which is a surgical emergency. ...Read more

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I had arthroscopic knee surgery 5 days ago and for the past 3 days I have had extreme pain in my calf and foot. I went to the ER yesterday but the ult?

I had arthroscopic knee surgery 5 days ago and for the past 3 days I have had extreme pain in my calf and foot. I went to the ER yesterday but the ult?

Blood clot?: Pain in the calf that goes into the foot with swelling could signal a DVT. (deep vein thrombosis). This is unusual after knee arthroscopy, but certainly possible. Hopefully the ER did an ultrasound of your calf and leg to evaluate for this. If not, please see your surgeon urgently. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery 2 weeks ago and my foot feels like an ice cube why? My calf also hurts a little bit, but not red hot or swollen could it be a dvt?

I had knee surgery 2 weeks ago and my foot feels like an ice cube why? My calf also hurts a little bit, but not red hot or swollen could it be a dvt?

Ice cube foot: Any of the things you are describing should be evaluated by your surgeon sooner rather than later. Especially since your calf also hurts. Call right away and head for an er if your surgeon should be unavailable. Good luck. ...Read more

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How much weight can you put on a leg after major knee surgery?

How much weight can you put on a leg after major knee surgery?

It depends.: This depends how long after the surgery this is being done, and how well you've healed. Usually after knee surgery the knee is flexed and extended to get back range of motion. Then if ambulation is attempted, it is first done with crutches, so weight is gradually introduced. So it would be best to put little weight on it to start, then more until no crutches are needed, then try slowly to walk. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have another knee surgery a year later? I had surgery one year ago but I still am having locking when I try to straighten the leg?

Is it normal to have another knee surgery a year later? I had surgery one year ago but I still am having locking when I try to straighten the leg?

Second opinion: The more surgeries you get, the more the complications. Always try to get a second opinion from another orthopedic surgeon preferably at the university hospital before you decide on another surgery. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my leg after my knee surgery that took place december 20?

I have a rash on my leg after my knee surgery that took place december 20?

See your surgeon: There can be several reasons for a rash following knee surgery. Typically this is due to skin irritation, often from the surgical dressing. Best to have your surgeon check it and allow them to assess the severity and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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I'm having microfracture knee surgery on my right leg done. How long till you can typically drive?

Knee surgery: Obviously it is important to use your right leg to drive. If the surgery was on your left probably would be able to drive immediately. Good idea to have a temporary handicap hanger from doc. Usually weight bearing after micro fracture is restricted for 6-12 weeks depending on location and extent. Driving will have similar restrictions. Discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Recently had knee surgery. I have noticed that the swelling in my lower leg is beginning to harden... It is a bit soft but still firm. What is this?

Recently had knee surgery. I have noticed that the swelling in my lower leg is beginning to harden... It is a bit soft but still firm. What is this?

Calf hardness: Increase in calf swelling and hardness post knee surgery can be cause for concern, notify your surgeon so you can be evaluated ...Read more

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What's the best way to strengthen my leg after knee surgery? After not using my leg its weak and I have a lot of atrophy..

Physical Therapy: A professional therapist can target the areas that need improvement without increasing the danger of further injury. ...Read more

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What is causing all the funny sensations down my leg after having arthroscopic knee surgery? Can doing squat tear something in knee?

What is causing all the funny sensations down my leg after having arthroscopic knee surgery? Can doing squat tear something in knee?

If it's done right-: -after the scope, meaning while there is still some fluid present, a squat can cause the capsule 2 rupture, usually @ the superior pole or closest 2 your head @ the top of the knee. The squat compresses the volume of the joint space so the high increase in pressure in the fluid will rupture, usually @ a portal site. May discolor, but harmless unless fever, chills & increased pain. ...Read more

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I HAD KNEE SURGERY 7 DAYS AGO. I WAS WALKING OK BUT NOW THE BACK OF THE BOTTOM OF MY LEG IS TIGHT AND ALOT OF PAIN AND AM STRUGGLING TO WALK?

I HAD KNEE SURGERY 7 DAYS AGO. I WAS WALKING OK BUT NOW THE BACK OF THE BOTTOM OF MY LEG IS TIGHT AND ALOT OF PAIN AND AM STRUGGLING TO WALK?

Go back you doctor: Call your doctor right away and talk to him. You need an evaluation right now. You do not want to have a blood clot. If you cannot get your doctor go to er ...Read more

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I had knee surgery in 2003 n didn't do physical therapy and I'm a runner my leg is still a lot weaker than my left? Can I make it as strong as my left

I had knee surgery in 2003 n didn't do physical therapy and I'm a runner my leg is still a lot weaker than my left? Can I make it as strong as my left

Possibly: It all depends on what kind of knee surgery you had back then. Was the cartilage injured, was there a meniscal tear, etc. If it is just a strength issue then yes you can rehab. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery to remove torn cartilage behind the kneecap now I find that my knee is not stable. Why? My knee and leg don't feel right. 3 weeks ou

Time: If you are just 3 weeks out from surgery, it is possible it may just take more time for recovery to occur. I would certainly keep your followup with your orthopedic surgeon and follow his recommendations. Sometimes physical therapy may be used as well. ...Read more

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Lower leg stiffness persisting several months after arthroscopic knee surgery?

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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Everytime I sit down my left leg goes to sleep at the quadriceps. & sharp pain goes down my leg. I had knee surgery before. Any possible reasons?

Everytime I sit down my left leg goes to sleep at the quadriceps. & sharp pain goes down my leg. I had knee surgery before. Any possible reasons?

Main concern is: Deep venous thrombophlebitis, especially if you underwent recent knee surgery. It could also be pinched nerve. It is best to see your doctor or orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery 12 years ago, I did a terrible job rehabbing it. Over the past year I have noticed that I cannot stand on my tip toes on that leg?

I had knee surgery 12 years ago, I did a terrible job rehabbing it. Over the past year I have noticed that I cannot stand on my tip toes on that leg?

Varies: There are a variety of reasons a person with a prior knee injury might have difficulty standing on their toes on that side. One is if the knee has a small flexion contracture, another is if you have some weakness/ atrophy in your calf muscle. If it is causing you a functional problem, consider being seen and a course of therapy may be beneficial. ...Read more

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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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I had knee surgery to replace remove some broken hardware (bone staple) a month ago and my upper leg is still quite swollen - thigh and glute.?

I had knee surgery to replace remove some broken hardware (bone staple) a month ago and my upper leg is still quite swollen - thigh and glute.?

See your surgeon.: Hardware removal can certainly be traumatic to the involved extremity, but to have significant swelling above the surgical site such as the hip and buttock may represent more than simple post-operative swelling. I would recommend follow-up evaluation with your surgeon to ensure there is no sign of infection or DVT (deep venous thrombosis). Better to be safe than sorry! See your surgeon. ...Read more

Calf Pain (Definition)

Means a pain in the calf. This can be from muscle strain, a clot in a vein, a torn tendon, infection or a host of several other problems, including referred pain from someplace higher up, like the lower back. The best starting place for calf pain is your primary medical doctor, who can then make an appropriate referral depending on what he or she ...Read more