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How Long Will Knee Be Swollen After Meniscus Surgery
Post surgery healing: It has been said that it takes almost a full year or more for your body to fully heal after a surgery. 1 wk post surgery swelling is normal. Watch a video demonstration some time on a meniscus surgery. Lots of manipulation, insertion, removal, suction, etc is done throughout the surgery; eventhough the finished product looks nice, neat and clean, recovery is still going on below the stitches. ...Read more
I had meniscus surgery 7 months ago. Yesterday I felt sideways and hurt that knee, is really swollen, hurts in the side Did I injury meniscus?
Wait and see : ice elevate modify activities for a period of time such as two weeks. If pain persists especially pain with twisting or deep squat then seek evaluation. Sometimes with a fall or direct blow a bone bruise can develop and can cause short lived symptoms that would improve with time and conservative care. ...Read more
I am experiencing knee pain. Had surgery few years ago torn meniscus .. cannot bend knee back ..swollen painful ..front and back of knee .no injury ?
Slipped into a gap of about 25 cm, causing my knee to twist. its very swollen and sore. I had meniscus surgery in 2013 please advise if i should go ge?
Should the swelling be gone? I had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 2 weeks ago, and my knee is still swollen at times. Is that something I should be concerned about?
I have had surgery on my knee to repair a torn meniscus a week ago. Today my foot is swollen, is this normal?
Yes: Common the first week or two for some. Ice your knee. Elevate your leg. This usually resolves over a 2-3 weeks. ...Read more
Ten days out surgery to repair both meniscus in left knee, ankle and foot swollen. Sonogram for clot negative. What to do for normal?
Rest, ice & elevate!: Some swelling after surgery is normal. The amount and location may not be. The type of surgery is important, but post-op care is a very big factor. Simple ice and elevation with range of motion exercises when called for can prevent or reduce swelling. Sometimes rest alone with elevation of the feet to eye level for several days will do it. Joint surgery usually requires motion to heal properly. ...Read more
I had athroscopic knee surgery, ACL recons. And meniscus 5days ago. Ankle is now swollen and bruised, i believe hematoma. It is very painful. Danger?
Hematoma: Following acl surgery especially if your own (autologous) bone patellar tendon bone graft is taken swelling, bruising in the ankle is not uncommon. Just make sure that you are not having any sharp calf pain where a doppler ultrasound would be helpful to be performed to rule out a blood clot. ...Read more
My husband has multiple meniscus tears in his knee how long will he be off work after surgery since there is more than one?
Meniscus: Multiple tears vs single tear should not impact recovery time. If tears are trimmed/cleaned up, recovery is very rapid since bad tissue is removed and nothing has to mend. Not uncommon to be back to work within a few days (depending on type of work). Rarely at your age, tears need repair/stitching. In that case recovery much longer as the meniscus needs to heal. Can take 6 weeks or more. ...Read more
I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus about a year ago, and my knee still hurts if I am active for too long. Shouldn't it be healed by now? Or is there another problem?
May just be arthriti: Its common to have articular cartilage wear in the knee called osteoarthritis. Meniscus pain is sharp & acute, common with twisting and squatting. Arthritis pain is usually a dull achey pain with first getting up, after long periods of activity, at night at the end of along day, with stair climbing, rising and sitting, getting on and off the toilet. Xray shows space lose. See you doc try injection. ...Read more
Depends.: Depending on what you do and what was done, your return to work can range from a week to 6 weeks. If the meniscus is resected and not repaired, there are typically no significant activity restrictions post-op. However, if the meniscus was repaired, typically this requires some bracing, protected weightbearing, and that may restrict on what you need to do to work. ...Read more
I had meniscus surgery about 3 years ago they removed dead cartilage now my knee hurts if i stand to long and gets worse at night what could it be?
Couple things: It could be arthritic pain it could be patellafemoral pain syndrome. Depends where pain is. U need to do quad and vmo exercises. See if improving function of knee improves condition. If not cortisone or visco inj may help. Talk to ur local orthopedic/sports med doc. ...Read more
If i decide to have surgery on my meniscus will i be in an immobilizer brace? How long until i can drive if it's on my right knee?
That depends on your:
Orthopod, who'll base his decision on the operative findings ; what he had to do for it.
Check with him re: driving. I don't allow my patients to drive for 6 weeks or till the strength in knee muscles is optimum.
Good luck ; happy holidays. ...Read more
18 yr old female with a possible meniscus tear. Do you recommend surgery? Will i be in an knee brave immobilizer? How long until i can drive after?
Yes/no/maybe: It depends how bad the tear is and which meniscus. Many meniscal tears can be treated with physical therapy alone. I would start by seeing an orthopedist or sports medicine dr, possibly getting an MRI to see exactly what's going on inside, and try pt. Many surgeries can be prevented with pt. ...Read more
How long should I wait to have my right hip totally replaced if i just had surgery on my left knee for torn meniscus?
Wait until...: You are over your knee scope completely . Some patients who have their knee ' fixed' feel better and have less hip pain and a better gait @ 6-8 wks. However. , if u have avn and/or advanced oa of the hip and your pain is interfering w/ your quality of life have it replaced when you are ready.Discuss w/ your surgeon. Best of luck! ...Read more
How long will it take for me to be able to return to my job as a housekeeper after knee surgery for a bucket handle tear of my medial meniscus?
Depends: If your surgeon can repair (stitch together) the tear, then you will need crutches and may also require a brace with restricted motion for up to 6 weeks, followed by rehab to regain strength and motion. If the tear is not repairable and your surgeon simply trims it out, then you can return much quicker. Probably within 2-4 weeks based on your comfort. Your young age helps speed your recovery. ...Read more
My doctor has diagnosed me with a torn medial meniscus in my right knee. He says the surgery is fairly quick, but how long should the recovery take?
Depends on…: Condition of leg muscles that support the knee & how extensive the meniscus tear is. Pro athletes recover in about 2 weeks due to strong quadriceps & hamstring muscles & intensive physical therapy. The rest of us may take 4-6 weeks or more depending on above conditions. Orthopedic surgeon can give u better estimate based on your case. ...Read more
Tore lateral meniscus slightly almost a year back and had surgery to fix it, went back to dance within a couple weeks because the dr said no therapy was needed. Now my knee hurts if I am on my feet for too long or walking more than a short distance?
Need dr. visit.: Something is obviously wrong....Might of reinjured it...Needs to be re-evaluated. ...Read more
How long does arthroscopic knee surgery take to heal? I had scar tissue removed and a ACL Lateral Meniscus trimmed? But I did a squat and popped pain
Varies: It varies, arthroscopic knee surgery describes the approach used, but not the exact surgery done once inside the knee. Did you have a complete ACL tear? If a meniscal tear is trimmed, recovery usually about 2-4 weeks, if ACL reconstructed then 8-12 weeks, if ACL torn but not reconstructed, you may have persistent instability. Let your surgeon know about the incident you are describing. ...Read more
I have meniscus tear and arthritis under knee dr said joint replacement not arthroscopic surgery is long lasting help more do u agree ?
Arthritis: Hi, in older people with Arthritis the treatment for Meniscal tear is knee replacement rather than repair. Because the tear is most likely caused by the Arthritic joint.A study has been done and published in New England journal of Medicine and it shows Knee replacement is superior to repair, also Physical therapy in some cases is as equal to the surgery. ...Read more
Sore 1-2 wks: I tell my patients to take it easy for the first 3-4 days, elevate to heart level, ice a lot and limited walking around for the first week so that it doesn't swell early on. Pain can be moderate first week. Generally much better 2nd weeks pretty good by week 3-4. I inject cortisone week 4-6 if not significantly better. ...Read more
Yes, possibly: Not all meniscus tears are the same, and asymptomatic tears do not require surgery. If a tear continues to be bothersome, blocks motion or significantly inhibits normal activities of daily living despite an adequate course of nonoperative management (rest, ice, elevation, and a graduated physical therapy program), then arthroscopy to repair or debride the tear becomes warranted. ...Read more
Typically 4-6 weeks:
Most routine arthroscopic meniscus procedure take about 4-6 weeks for
Usually you are wlaking well within a few
but it usually takes 4-6 weeks to rehab
so you can resume activities and sports. ...Read more
Nothing special: You going to have some pain in the knee and use crutches for few days, the knee will swell for a while. ...Read more
Quard exercise: Try to exercise your muscles around the knee to keep in shape that make recovery go faster. Thank you. ...Read more
Yes: This is common after this type of surgery. Popping that causes no pain is benign and can be ignored. Sometimes "popping" originating at the knee cap is due to muscle atrophy and improper tracking...This will get better with physical therapy. If you have concerns contact your surgeon. ...Read more
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