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Can scar tissue be removed after having knee surgery?

Can scar tissue be removed after having knee surgery?

Yes: Adhesions can develop after a knee surgery which limit motion and can be removed (typically arthroscopically), however the reason for stiffness should be fully evaluated before considering this. Most common causes are malpositioned acl graft or inappropriate size or position of total knee components. If this is the case revision of the primary procedure is required. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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So I just had a basic knee surgery. they removed scar tissue that had been causing my knee pain/dislocations. How long before I can return to work?

So I just had a basic knee surgery. they removed scar tissue that had been causing my knee pain/dislocations. How long before I can return to work?

Ask your surgeon : Describe your occupation and job duties to your surgeon and he/she can guide you with regards to return to work. Light duty with restrictions are sometimes provided to protect you as you return to work. ...Read more

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How long do it take for the scar tissue to breakup and dissolve. After arthroscopic knee surgery on the minicus?

How long do it take for the scar tissue to breakup and dissolve. After arthroscopic knee surgery on the minicus?

A long time: Some people lay down more scar tissue than others. This can lead to stiffness and slower recovery. "breaking up" scar tissue is trying to stretch it out so it doesn't impede progress. This can take months and may not be complete. ...Read more

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I had arthroscopic knee surgery 4 weeks ago tomorrow. I had scar tissue removed under knee cap. Now the knee cap shifted very slightly painful?

I had arthroscopic knee surgery 4 weeks ago tomorrow. I had scar tissue removed under knee cap. Now the knee cap shifted very slightly painful?

Varies: Multiple possibilities. Some scar tissue may have recurred and you may have stretched or tore it with what you are describing. I would certainly let your surgeon know. ...Read more

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What could be wrong I did a squat and felt a loud excruciating pain in my knee I just had arthroscopic knee surgery for scar tissue removal under knee?

What could be wrong I did a squat and felt a loud excruciating pain in my knee I just had arthroscopic knee surgery for scar tissue removal under knee?

See below: Could be related to post op fluid in knee or possibly re-injury. See your surgeon if you still have pain after one week. ...Read more

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Can your tibia bone feel unstable? What are the symptoms ? I had knee surgery for ACL trim and mensicus trim and scar tissue under the patella. Help

Can your tibia bone feel unstable? What are the symptoms ? 
I had knee surgery for ACL trim and mensicus trim and scar tissue under the patella. Help

Yes: Yes, you can definitely have some degree of instability in your knee/tibia, particularly if you have an "acl deficient" knee. I would not hesitate to discuss directly with your surgeon. ...Read more

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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

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

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What causes burning pain in the knee, lower leg after having arthroscopic knee surgery 1 week ago? Is this normal? Scar tissue removal under patella?

What causes burning pain in the knee, lower leg after having arthroscopic knee surgery 1 week ago? Is this normal? Scar tissue removal under patella?

Scar tissue: It is possible that after having the arthroscopic surgery burning discomfort could be as a result of them having placed a steroid medication in your knee after your surgery. It could also be at the sites where the portals were created causing some burning in the skin during the healing process. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery a month ago to reconstruct my acl. Was wondering if there is anything i can apply to lighten the scar mark.

I had knee surgery a month ago to reconstruct my acl. Was wondering if there is anything i can apply to lighten the scar mark.

Scar reducing gel: Tthere are several scar reducing gels are available over-the-counter one of them called mederma. If these gels don't help then consult a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have sharp pains in my (L) knee when i'm walking and sitting. i had knee surgery last yr. it hurts where my incision scars are. anything i can do.

I have sharp pains in my (L) knee when i'm walking and sitting. i had knee surgery last yr. it hurts where my incision scars are. anything i can do.

Followup with ORTHO: The Orthopedic surgeon who operated on your knee last year knows your case and your knee, can evaluate the incision scar. After one year the scar should have healed. ...Read more

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How to break up scar tissue in the knee? Is surgery the only option?

How to break up scar tissue in the knee? Is surgery the only option?

No: Surgery may be required but some times the scar tissue can be loosened with physical therapy and exercise. I would recommend you start with evaluation with a orthopedic doctor and instruction on proper exercises. ...Read more

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How do you break up scar tissue in your knee? I never had surgery just a minor tear in patella.

How do you break up scar tissue in your knee? I never had surgery just a minor tear in patella.

Vitamin E Oil: Scar massage with vitamin E oil or cream can help to reduce scars on the skin. Scarring within the knee itself will respond to range of motion exercises and stretching. ...Read more

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How to remove internal knee surgery scarring?

How to remove internal knee surgery scarring?

Motion and therapy: Internal scar formation can occur after significant injury or surgery. If the scar formation cannot be overcome with standard motion and strengthening surgery (and perhaps local steroid injection), an arthrscopic lysis of adhesions may become warranted. Discuss options with your orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get surgery on my knee 3 years after i injured it? Will there be complications? What about any scar tissue that has formed?

Orthopedic surgeon: This is a question that requires physical examination, radiographic study and careful history taking. That would determine appropriateness for surgical procedure, which procedure is recommended and based on that - possible complications. If the knee has a significant but repairable injury - an orthopedic surgeon would be able to advise you about surgery. ...Read more

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Is arthrofibrosis a serious condition? Does it require someone to have surgery to remove the scar tissue? My knee doesn't extend I am -11

Is arthrofibrosis a serious condition? Does it require someone to have surgery to remove the scar tissue? My knee doesn't extend I am -11

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How long does or take to recover from knee replacement then scar tissue removal surgery?

How long does or take to recover from knee replacement then scar tissue removal surgery?

Few weeks: It depend how much scar tissue were taken out, it take about 4 -12 weeks. ...Read more

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Where is anterior scar tissue? Should it be removed in the knee? I had surgery over a year ago for plica and partial chondroplasty? Help

Between portals: Scar tissue can form deep to the patellar tendon, within the fat pad that lies between the two anterior portals in the front of your knee. Though nonoperative treatment and physical therapy is preferred, repeat surgery to release and debride the irregular tissue is ocassionally indicated to regain motion and decrease pain. ...Read more

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Does having an MRI of the knee show scar tissue that has be built up? What do they do for arthofibrosis of the knee is surgery required?

Does having an MRI of the knee show scar tissue that has be built up?  What do they do for arthofibrosis of the knee is surgery required?

MRI is key: Mri is very helpful in evaluation of knee soft tissue injury including evaluation of ligaments, tendons as well as menisci. It can also visualize scar and post surgical knee abnormalities. After the MRI results, if abnormal, you should discuss further treatment with an orthopedist or sports medicine physician. ...Read more

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I got ACL surgery a year ago and i needed a manipulation 4 months later then 5 months later got a scar tissue removal. When i walk my knee catches. Y?

I got ACL surgery a year ago and i needed a manipulation 4 months later then 5 months later got a scar tissue removal. When i walk my knee catches. Y?

Possible causes in--: More scar tissue. Or another problem which you've had, in addition to the acl issue.
Knee cap issues are very common in young girls and women.
Are you having pain at all or is it just catching sensation?
With no pain, i would suggest see how things go, and do nothing surgically but do pt.
With pain, either get a 2nd opinion.
Another possibility may be a referred pain from back or hip area. ...Read more

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I had knee arthroscopic surgery removal of scar tissue under the patella. Did a squat in pt and felt a painful pop in the back of knee. Help explain?

Bakers cyst?: Pain in the back of the knee after arthroscopic surgery can be quite a few things but a common cause is a Baker's Cyst. This is excess swelling in the back (posterior) part of the knee that can occur after surgery. A deep squat can cause the cyst to rupture creating the sensation of a pop. It can cause calf pain. See your medical provider to rule out blood clots and other issues first. ...Read more

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I had knee arthroscopic surgery 7 weeks ago for a trimming of my acl and scar tissue removed under kneecap. Painful locking when walking normal? HELP

I had knee arthroscopic surgery 7 weeks ago for a trimming of my acl and scar tissue removed under kneecap. Painful locking when walking normal? HELP

No: Not normal really. I would discuss directly with your surgeon and he will likely know the cause of your symptoms. Hopefully will resolve, but hard to say with out knowing more what the specific issue is. ...Read more

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Can someone have scar tissue in the fat pad of the knee? I had a lot of plica removed from the knee now I have more pain a year later after the surger

Knee Arthroscopy: Yes scar tissue is inevitable after surgery and particularly in the area of the "anterior fatpad" --located directly downstream of the patella and is the most common sight of scar tissue development after knee arthroscopy. ...Read more

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Can you have scar tissue under your kneecap? When someone arthroscopic surger can the doc view the back of the knee during the scope? Please explain

Can you have scar tissue under your kneecap?  When someone arthroscopic surger can the doc view the back of the knee during the scope? Please explain

Sure you can have scar: Anywhere there's been an injury. As far as the back of any yet see you can see the back of the knee with arthroscope within the joint space. What you cannot see is the back of the knee where the jerk where you go outside the joint space so sometimes if you're asking the physician about condition at the very back of the knee they may tell you they can't see it arthroscopically because it's outside the joint capsule. ...Read more

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What is a focal soft tissue mass? My child had X-ray to see progress for knock knee surgery and X-ray shows a focal soft tissue mass

What is a focal soft tissue mass? My child had X-ray to see progress for knock knee surgery and X-ray shows a focal soft tissue mass

Lipoma: lipomas are the most common soft tissue masses.. not many other things can present in this manner in this location in children. If it was a bony mass, it would be more worrisome. ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more