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Can knee surgery or back surgery cause you to become shorter?

Can knee surgery or back surgery cause you to become shorter?

No: It is difficult to make someone shorter through knee or spine surgery. Typically, corrections of the knee or spine (straighten) will functionally lengthen the limb or stature. The changes though are usually not significant. ...Read more

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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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Can knee surgery or back surgery cause your height to get shorter?

Can knee surgery or back surgery cause your height to get shorter?

No: Knee surgery or back surgery per se do not result in loss of height. But with ageing the loss of the articulate cartilages in the knee and resulting narrowing of the joint may lead. To lessened height. The disc between our vertebra loses water content as we age, this leads to degenerative changes and if combined with vertebral collapse as in compression fractures will lead to loss of height. ...Read more

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What can cause back pain after knee surgery?

What can cause back pain after knee surgery?

Altered walking: I see this fairly often and it is usually do to a change in the way a person walks after the knee surgery. They will tend to favor the operated leg and this will cause excessive strain on their other joints including their back. Usually when the knee gets better and the walking improved the back pain gets better too. ...Read more

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I just had plica (knee surgery) about two months ago. Is it possible for the plica to grow back?

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I just had plica (knee surgery) about two months ago. Is it possible for the plica to grow back?

No: Plicas only very rarely cause knee pain. When we do surgery to remove the plicas, they don't return. There can sometimes be a small amount of scar folds that develop in its place but they generally don't cause pain. If you have a return of pain, the plica was unlikely to be the cause of the original pain. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Posterolateral knee surgery - is the success rate fairly high in regards to getting back to an active lifestyle?

Posterolateral knee surgery - is the success rate fairly high in regards to getting back to an active lifestyle?

Depends: Multifactorial issue. Depends on exactly what was injured, the extent/anatomy of the injury, associated joint surface/cartilage injury, preexisting joint damage ; whether any/all reparable. In addition, whether repairs done, compliance with post op rehab/bracing and other patient factors like bmi, diabetes, wound care. If all repaired by experienced surg., no joint damage ; pt. Complies; yes. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery 5 months ago today I fell walking up to my house now the selling is back like before and my knee huts could I have reinjured my kne?

I had knee surgery 5 months ago today I fell walking up to my house now the selling is back like before and my knee huts could I have reinjured my kne?

You certainly could: As everything is a little weaker while healing from surgery. You need to get ice on it, get it up, put a firm bandage around it and see a doctor (ideally your surgeon) soon to see what's going on and what can be done. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could cause someone to fall after ACL reconstructive knee surgery?

What could cause someone to fall after ACL reconstructive knee surgery?

Another ACL tear: You may have torn the acl again or if you just completed surgery, you will need to work on balance further. ...Read more

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Is it possible to go back to work the same day after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Is it possible to go back to work the same day after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Possible, but.....: Is it possible that one is an investment banker and drive from li to nyc directly from the surgical suite after taking oxycodone, weave in and out of cars (no traffic at 2pm), avoid getting pulled over by cops, almost causing an accident/ /multiple injuries/fatalities on the way, in order to get to that meeting because one feels that it's crucial to be at the meeting to close a $1b deal? Sure. ...Read more

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30 yr old man, had knee surgery 14 months ago for meniscus, what would cause poping and pain to continue?

30 yr old man, had knee surgery 14 months ago for meniscus, what would cause poping and pain to continue?

Recurrent tear: The tear could have extended. Also, you may have arthritis in the area of the torn cartilage that is causing pain. You need an MRI arthrogram to evaluate the problem. ...Read more

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How much vicodin is considered dangerous? I take 2 1/2 pills of 10/325 about 2-3 times a day for back & knee (recent knee surgery) pain

How much vicodin is considered dangerous? I take 2 1/2 pills of 10/325 about 2-3 times a day for back & knee (recent knee surgery) pain

Vicodin for days: Vicodin, a short acting narcotic is designed for temporary use for acute pain. It is very dangerous for chronic use and if you are taking this chronically it may be best if you get to a pain management specialist. ...Read more

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What is causing the back of my knee to hurt? I took a step forward and the back go my knee popped. I had arthroscopic knee surgery please help

Knee pop postop: When was your knee surgery performed/? What was accomplished? IT is not unusual to experienced some pain, popping and swelling of arming amounts for first several weeks postop. Try ice, NSAIDs and avoid kneeling, stairs. Check with your surgeon if things persist ...Read more

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Do you have a second opinion on a knee problem? I had knee surgery 2 years ago to remove a plica band. It has been all fine and dandy until lately when I started exercising it more. I have been back to my ortho that operated and knows my knee pretty well

Do you have a second opinion on a knee problem? I had knee surgery 2 years ago to remove a plica band. It has been all fine and dandy until lately when I started exercising it more. I have been back to my ortho that operated and knows my knee pretty well

It: It sounds like you may be dealing with moderate to severe arthritis as well as a possible injury to ligament or tendon. The x-rays and MRI should be diagnostic. Ra is a possibility however multiple joints are usually involved. If it is found that arthritis is present and severe, then you may need a knee replacement. It sounds like your doctor is doing a fine work up.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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I had back surgery 7 months ago spine fuison. I was playing with my daughter and fell, hitting my knee and back. I have pain. What should I do?

If symptoms: Are very concerning to you get checked out now. If not, consider taking some pain medication such as Ibuprofen (assuming there is no contraindication to taking this) for a few days and see if you feel better. Rest and periodic icing of painful areas can help too. It really comes down to how bad you feel as ultimately nobody can answer the need to see a doctor but you. ...Read more

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Can knee surgery cause swollen foot?

Can knee surgery cause swollen foot?

Swollen foot: Knee surgery can disrupt the lymph system in the leg which could predispose you to swelling below it such as the foot. ...Read more

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History of OCD in knee+surgery, now 2 more large but stable OCDs. Will they keep coming back?

Maybe: The best person to answer that question is your surgeon, since he's been in there and knows the extent of the cartilage injury. Have that discussion with your doctor. ...Read more

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I was on percocet for 2 months for knee surgery. How much damage, if any, can be caused to the liver.?

I was on percocet for 2 months for knee surgery. How much damage, if any, can be caused to the liver.?

If you are: Otherwise healthy and took it as directed, I would be shocked if it has caused any chronic damage whatsoever. ...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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What causes the stiffness and discomfort after arthroscopic knee surgery is done for repairing a torn meniscus?

What causes the stiffness and discomfort after arthroscopic knee surgery is done for repairing a torn meniscus?

Trauma: To muscles, tendons, joint, meniscus and bony surfaces!

the tissues are stretched, cauterized, and bruised. ...Read more

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Will smoking marijuana few days prior to knee surgery cause a reaction with the anethesia?

Will smoking marijuana few days prior to knee surgery cause a reaction with the anethesia?

See below: I would suggest that you not smoke marijuana at all, never mind just before surgery. All drugs can interact with drugs given for an operation. Smoking of any kind can increase your risk of pulmonary complications after surgery. Marijuana is no more safe than tobacco products. ...Read more

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When should the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

When should the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

It depends: This can vary widely depending on what type of tear you have, whether it is repaired versus partially excised, and what type of work you need to return to. Simple partial excisions in someone with a sedentary job can mean return to work in 2-3 days. Higher demand jobs that require that you be on your feet a lot can take 2-4 weeks. Meniscus repairs might need to be protected for several months. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when does the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

Can you tell me when does the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

1-2 weeks: Depending on the type of work done, sedentary jobs can return to work within a few days, active jobs may require a bit more time and babying. Sutures (if used) usually come out in 7- 14 days so I recommend waiting till they come out. It there is no associated knee problem (arthritis) the biggest hinderamnce to returning to work iws hte muscle weakness associated with the tear. ...Read more

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I just had knee surgery on tuesday. The only semi comfortable position is on my back. What can I do to help the lower back pain?

I just had knee surgery on tuesday. The only semi comfortable position is on my back. What can I do to help the lower back pain?

If u can put your: Feet flat with your hips at 45degrees and your knees at 90 degrees (or there abouts) it will take pressure off your lower back. ...Read more

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I have pain going down the front of my right leg after having back surgery. It goes from my hip down to my knee and I can't stand it. Please help?

Need more info: Pain in top of thigh can be L2, L3, or L4 nerve root. If you had surgery for any of those nerves, continued compression may be the reason for this pain. You need to have your surgeon work you up for this. If your surgery did not involve these nerves, then you may be experiencing lateral femoral cutaneous nerve injury that can occur from laying on your belly for long periods of time. ...Read more

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1991 had back surgery on l 4 l 5 disk was great for many years. In the 1 year I am having major pain in my right hip pain is going in to the knee?

Pain Recurrence: Pain can recurr from disease progression at level above and below. An MRI scan with & without contrast can help find the cause. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery on both knees back in 2004 from a car accident, I haven't completely healed from it, what can I do do I need to take out the pins for better use of my legs?

I had knee surgery on both knees back in 2004 from a car accident, I haven't completely healed from it, what can I do do I need to take out the pins for better use of my legs?

Orthopedics: I'm sure your situation is far too complex for a simple answer. Get a couple of opinions from different orthopedic docs. It depends what you mean by "healed". If you still have chronic open wounds that is almost certainly a chronic infection. If you mean you aren't back to pre-crash function then you may be as good as it is going to get. ...Read more

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I had Arthroscopic knee surgery 2 months ago and I am still having shifting, popping, locking of the knee joint. Is this normal? Pain in back of knee to

Locking isn't normal: Arthroscopic knee surgery is great to remove torn meniscus cartilage and loose pieces but it is not great to treat symptoms from arthritis. If you do have some arthritis in the knee, you may still experience shifting and popping. The locking is concerning for new loose pieces floating in the knee. Pain in the back of knee is likely a Baker's Cyst. See your surgeon to be evaluated. ...Read more

Back Surgery (Definition)

Any surg that enters the muscles & beyond. Usually means involving work on the bone structurs disks r considered back surgery. They include a multitude of procedures. 2 ...Read more


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