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Complications After Meniscus Surgery
Swelling: Swelling or fluid in the knee is most common minor complication after meniscus surgery. Its easily drained by your surgeon. Other complications are recurrent tearing of the meniscus, persistent pain, infection, bleeding, joint stiffness or loss or range of motion, and damage to neurovascular structures are remotely possible. Some of these complications may require addition surgery. Overall, meniscus surgery has a very high success rate.
Had surgery 5 mo ago for meniscus tear. Still having complications - should doc order MRI or continue with injections such as cortisone & euflexxa?
Knee Problems: You mention that you had meniscus surgery, but also note that you have had cortisone and euflexxa injections. Why? At age 35 you are young to have degenerative changes. Complications covers a lot of things and usually implies that things didn't go as planned. If you have pre-existing arthritis then you are going to need to deal with that. Are you overweight? Really we need more information.See 1 more doctor answer
Many: If you have a meniscus tear that has is symptomatic, i.e. Pain, swelling, locking up or catching, or causing your knee to give way then surgery is a great option to remove the torn meniscus making it stable and getting you back to symptom free function.
Improvement: Depending on the type of tear you have, your doctor will elect to remove the torn meniscus or fix it. If it is removed then your recovery should be quick-back to sports within a couple of weeks. If you have it repaired then you are looking at 6 weeks of walking with a brace on then a dedicated pt protocol that would get you back to high level activities around 4-6 months.
Meniscus Surgery: Meniscus surgery is usually done arthroscopically, meaning that small portals are used to enter the knee. The knee is filled with fluid. Small instruments along with a camera are used to get to the meniscus tear. It is then either repaired with stitches or trimmed. Only the diseased meniscus would be trimmed. All of the good meniscus would be left to continue providing cushion for the knee.
Meniscus: Talk to your surgeon. This depends on what type of work you do. Not un common to go back to more sedentary work within a day or two, while more aggressive employment may take a few weeks.
Generally yes.: Those types of tears generally do not heal themselves, and do require surgery.
Repair vs removal: This procedure is completed arthroscopically. You may have a meniscus repair or a partial menisectomy (removal). The repair is ideal, if possible, for preventing arthritic changes, but requires a longer recovery time. In either case recovery is relatively quick. Post-op rehab will concentrate on motion, & quad strength.
Depends: Many factors are involved. Surgery is indicated when significant symptoms are present and the symptoms have not improved to an acceptable level through conservative treatment.
Arthroscopy can help: Meniscal tears that are symptomatic, whereby pain and mechanical symptoms of catching and painful giving way of the knee persists despite adequate rest, therapy, icing and potential use of NSAIDS (Motrin, etc.), often require arthroscopic surgery to either repair or debride (akin to trimming a hang nail back to a smooth rim) the tron portion of the meniscus.
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