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What's the pain like after having surgery for a torn ligament in the thumb?

What's the pain like after having surgery for a torn ligament in the thumb?

Different for all: Pain is percieved differently by all of us. Some of us have a higher pain tolerance than others but your doc will give you something for the pain. ...Read more

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Ligament Tear (Definition)

Ligaments are defined as collagenn tissue structures that connect bones in and around joints. A classic example is the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee that provides stability o the bones of the knee joint and specifically connects the femur to the tibia. A torn ligament is simply any disruption ...Read more


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Is it possible not to have surgery on a torn ligament?

Is it possible not to have surgery on a torn ligament?

Depends: Ligament injuries are usually graded 1-3. Grade 1 means stretching or small microscopic tears of the ligament. Usually treated without surgery. Grade 2 are partial tears and are in the grey zone, may need surgery, may not. Grade 3 are complete tears and will typically need surgery to preserve joint stability. ...Read more

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Torn ligament, surgery helpful for ankle area?

Torn ligament, surgery helpful for ankle area?

Maybe: If the ligament is fully torn and the foot is in pain and ustable then surgery would be helpful. ...Read more

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Does a torn ligament in your thumb require surgery?

Does a torn ligament in your thumb require surgery?

Often yes: Ligament injuries to thumb can be minor, such as a sprain (partial tear), which only requires immobilization. More extensive injuries, like a radial or ulnar collateral ligament tear, require surgical treatment. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How can you recover from a torn ligament in the knee without surgery?

How can you recover from a torn ligament in the knee without surgery?

Ligament dependent: Many ligaments are part of your knee. Ligaments that have a reasonable chane to heal with appropriate non operative management, include: PCL (mandates bracing); mcl, some mpfl (medial patlellofemoral ligament). The ACL and lcl usually required an augmented repair or an anatomical reconstruction? ...Read more

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What can you do to recover from a torn ligament in the knee, without surgery?

What can you do to recover from a torn ligament in the knee, without surgery?

Depends on ligament: Some ligament injuries will heal with non operative treatment. This depends on which ligament and how severe an injury occurred. The medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments may heal with protectice bracing for 4-6 weeks if they involve a partial tear and no other damage. Complete tearing of a ligament will often be associated with other knee damage. Mri can often tell. ...Read more

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Apain in my ankle seems to get more uncomfortable. Surgery has been advised but is it necessary for torn ligament and how long is the recovery?

Depends: If your ankle is unstable because of the torn ligament then surgery is indicated. Also the torn ligament can cause pain especially if it gets pinched in the ankle. Without knowing exact diagnosis, it is difficult to tell if surgery is needed or not and what recovery is. But for a ligament reconstruction it is about 3 months. ...Read more

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Can still play soccer with a partially torn ligament. Is surgery necessary to fix it or are there other ways without surgery? Thank you in advance!

Can still play soccer with a partially torn ligament. Is surgery necessary to fix it or are there other ways without surgery? Thank you in advance!

What ligament? : What ligament is it? You typically want to rest a torn ligament while it is in the healing process and excessive ambulation can cause further damage to the injury. Not to mention it is painful to even walk with a torn ligament in the lower extremities! ...Read more

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Medial joint side of the knee is getting diminished. ..Is it torn ligament problem?Is surgery required?

Medial joint side of the knee is getting diminished. ..Is it torn ligament problem?Is surgery required?

Don't know what you: Mean by "diminished" or if you even have any discomfort. Have you previously injured it? Does it feel unstable, lock up or cause the knee to swell? Lots of questions need answering before answering yours. Why don't you have your doctor take a look? ...Read more

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What can be reasons for top of foot to not heal after 3 surgeries for torn ligament? Bumps on bottom of foot that itch. Dr suggests another surgery...

What can be reasons for top of foot to not heal after 3 surgeries for torn ligament? Bumps on bottom of foot that itch. Dr suggests another surgery...

Torn ligament: There are many reasons for poor healing . Speak openly with your surgeon for the best guidance. The itchy bumps may be athlete's foot - see your podiatrist for that as well . Good luck to you. ...Read more

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The doctor says I have a torn ligament and he wants to do surgery on my left knee to improve it does it get better after surgery?

The doctor says I have a torn ligament and he wants to do surgery on my left knee to improve it does it get better after surgery?

It should improve: Certain ligaments need to be repaired, your dr makes the call based on the exam and history. The knee uses the acl as its primary stabilizer with remaining muscles, ligaments and menisci helping. If the acl is not repaired in active people it leads to early onset arthritis.
Be prepared to rehab your knee for several months. ...Read more

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I have ACL torn ligament and i want to go to orthoscopic knee surgery .My question is which graft is best for me . And I am not a sportperson.

ACL: Since you are not a "sportsperson" the 1st question is do you even need surgery. Acl reconstructions are typically reserved for those involved in activities requiring pivoting or jumping as well as those who have instability outside those activities. As for the graft choices there are pluses and minuses with most data showing a preference for auto grafts (your tissue) in young patients (<40). ...Read more

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Meniscus tear, ligament tear, and vascular surgery. I'm on a full leg brace, what comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

Meniscus tear, ligament tear, and vascular surgery. I'm on a full leg brace, what comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

Severe injury: What was repaired ,? If only the blood vessels you need to be in the hands of an experienced knee surgeon who can monitor the treatment ,which will probably include additional surgery for the meniscus and ligament , to be followed by several months of rehabilatation. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery Nov. 19th, I had a torn ligament so the surgeon had 2 put a cadaver piece in my knee, also had a tear in my meniscus, knee is poppn?

I had knee surgery Nov. 19th, I had a torn ligament so the surgeon had 2 put a cadaver piece in my knee, also had a tear in my meniscus, knee is poppn?

Postop questions: If I understand correctly, your knee is now popping? What about pain? Swelling? It sounds like you need follow up with your surgeon. It is critical you make postoperative follow up with your surgeon to properly follow your progress, rehab and any complications that may arise. ...Read more

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Ankle fracture and torn ligament. Need surgery. Is it true that I can never play basketball again?

Ankle fracture and torn ligament. Need surgery. Is it true that I can never play basketball again?

You should return: The majority of patients with an ankle fracture and torn ligaments have successful surgery and CAN return to sports such as basketball. Following your physician's directions with regards to weight-bearing, use of a cast/boot/brace and physical therapy will be very important. It may take you 6-12 months before you are ready to return to a sport such as basketball. www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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What surgeries are done to fix torn ligament completely separated ?

Tendon separation: There are several types of surgery procedures to correct a torn ligament the goal is the same however, and that is to repair the ligament in order to obtain normal function without pain. Consultation with orthopedic specialists is advised to evaluate the situation to determine your options as to the types of surgery for repair. ...Read more

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Is it possible to heal a ligament tear without surgery?

Is it possible to heal a ligament tear without surgery?

Yes, depends: Depends on the extent of injury. Your orthopedic surgeon is the best guide. You always can get second opinion. ...Read more

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Can you live with a partial ligament tear, without any surgery?

Yes: Most partial tears of ligaments heal if treated correctly by splinting or bracing. Not all complete ligament tears need surgery. ...Read more

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Is the anterior cruciate ligament tear surgery is painful?

Is the anterior cruciate ligament tear surgery is painful?

Yes (to an extent): Any surgery will cause post-operative pain. There will also be discomfort with the therapy that is required after the procedure. Different patients have different pain thresholds, but usually, the pain post-operatively isn't so bad (from the feedback i've gotten from my patients who have had the surgery). ...Read more

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Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more