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When can I go back to playing sports after arthroscopy? After my knee arthroscopy, when will i be able to go back to playing soccer? .

When can I go back to playing sports after arthroscopy? After my knee arthroscopy, when will i be able to go back to playing soccer?
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6-8 wks: I tend to be a little more conservative following knee arthroscopy. I would recommend to my patients waiting at least 6-8 weeks after the procedure to resume impact aerobics. This in general would allow enough time for complete resolution of all swelling regain of all motion and reconditioning to get back to your sport. This would also be contingent upon what was done at the time of arthroscopy. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Arthroscopic Surgery (Definition)

Arthroscopic surgery involves looking inside of a joint with a very small camera. The joint is filled with water and the camera is placed into the joint, using small incisions. Most orthopaedic surgeons utilize arthroscopic surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including: meniscal and rotator cuff years, joint infections and inflammation, removal of loose ...Read more


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When can I go back to playing sports after arthroscopy? After my knee arthroscopy, when will i be able to go back to playing soccer? .

Return to sports: This timeline is generally 6 to 8 weeks. That being said you should consult the orthopedic surgeon who performed the surgery as he or she may alter this normal course based on your intraoperative findings. ...Read more

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How long after knee arthroscopy can I start playing basketball?

How long after knee arthroscopy can I start playing basketball?

Depends: Returning to basketball after a knee scope depends on what was done. The surgeon may not want you bear weight on the knee for 3-6 weeks if certain procedures are done. Since basketball inolves quite a bit of stress to the knee I would not let my patient return for a minimum of 3 weeks if a simple meniscectomy was performed; more if a meniscal repair, microfracture or other restorative procedure. ...Read more

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How long after knee arthroscopy can I start playing football I had the op 9 weeks ago for a torn meniscus?

How long after knee arthroscopy can I start playing football I had the op 9 weeks ago for a torn meniscus?

Should ask your M.D.: You should definitely discuss any level of return to play with your surgeon. The answer will depend upon whether the meniscus tear was repaired or simply debrided. Debrided or partially removed meniscal tears usually allow for an earlier return to sports than does a repair. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to get a knee arthroscopy done?

Does it hurt to get a knee arthroscopy done?

Varies: After any surgery there is usually some discomfort associated with swelling and the procedure performed. Icing, medication as needed and starting physical therapy immediately following the surgery will decrease the discomfort significantly. If you were in a lot of pain prior to the surgery you will probably find you are in less pain after the 2nd-3rd week post-operatively. ...Read more

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How long could knee arthroscopy recovery take?

How long could knee arthroscopy recovery take?

It Depends: On how active you are and how much was done during surgery. For a routine knee scope i typically allow my patients back to work in 3-4 days if they have a sedentary job. Otherwise, most people can start getting back to work at 2-3 weeks depending on their job. Strengthening of the quadriceps muscle is key as this shuts down with knee surgery of any kind. Most people are near full by 4 weeks. ...Read more

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What can you do at home after knee arthroscopy?

What can you do at home after knee arthroscopy?

Thigh/calf exercises: Routine knee arthroscopy to address common injuries such as mensical tears and cartilage lesions generally allow for several basic activities geared to help prevent postoperative complications. Performing thigh muscle contractions via a straight leg raise (knee kept straight) helps prevent loss of extension and helps prepare for ambulation. Calf pumping exercises help prevent blood clots (dvt). ...Read more

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Will I need a wheelchair after a double knee arthroscopy?

Not typically: IF it is just a standard arthroscopy with menisectomy most people can get around on crutches or a walker. IF it is more extensive surgery may require that. I let my patients ambulate as tolerated with single leg arthroscopy. I would probably recommend you take care of one knee and then 3-4 weeks later take care of the other. ...Read more

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Will you need to use crutches after you have knee arthroscopy?

Will you need to use crutches after you have knee arthroscopy?

Up to you: I usually tell my patients to get rid of the crutches when they feel their knee is strong enough to stand. If all you had was a debridement. Then there is nothing that you are going to damage by walking on it. ...Read more

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Having a knee arthroscopy with query total release, what is total release?

Lateral release?: Total release? I'm assuming you meant lateral release. This is a procedure that is performed infrequently to address abnormal patellar (knee cap) tilt. If your pain is around your knee cap and your orthopedist is convinced that you have abnormally knee cap tilt then a lateral release may be helpful. But you must exhaust nonsurgical treatments especially therapy before considering this surgery. ...Read more

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Do they tourniquet you during knee arthroscopy?

Depends: Use of tourniquet during surgery for knee scopes is variable, can be surgery and surgeon dependent. Will depend on what the surgery is for, as long as there is good visualization during the arthroscopy then a tourniquet may not be needed. But there is no one right answer for this. ...Read more

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Swollen incision sites 3 weeks after knee arthroscopy?

Probably: As long as it is steadily improving ...less red, less swollen, no drainage, etc. it is probably normal. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how long is the recovery period for a knee arthroscopy?

Time for recovery: Recovery period following knee arthroscopy will vary from patient to patient and from procedure to procedure. A removal of loose body may have a relatively quick recovery whereas an arthroscopically assisted acl reconstruction will require 4-6 months. For a meniscal repair a much longer period of recovery than a meniscectomy. ...Read more

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Are there ways to just have your lower leg numbed during knee arthroscopy?

Yes: Some types of knee arthroscopy can be performed under local anesthesia with adequate sedation. But a discussion with the surgeon and anesthesiologist is required and at times during the surgery it must be converted to a general anesthic if the procedure is not being tolerated or the relaxation of the knee is not enough. ...Read more

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Are muscle spasms common after a knee arthroscopy?

Are muscle spasms common after a knee arthroscopy?

Thanks for asking!: Following knee arthroscopy, muscle spasms are rare; quad weakness, anterior knee pain are more common; that said, calf spasm and/or pain must be evaluated carefully for an underlying blood clot. ...Read more

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How can I use physical therapy to recover from a knee arthroscopy?

How can I use physical therapy to recover from a knee arthroscopy?

Gain motion/strength: The goal of physical therapy after knee arthroscopy is to help you obtain maximal functional recovery of motion and strength in a safe an efficient manner. ...Read more

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How long do doctors usually wait for knee replacement after knee arthroscopy?

How long do doctors usually wait for knee replacement after knee arthroscopy?

Time: This all depends on the level of pain that the patient exhibits. Other factors include quality of life such as activities of daily living, range of motion, deformity and imaging findings. ...Read more

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How long should I use crutches after a left knee arthroscopy to remove bone spurs?

How long should I use crutches after a left knee arthroscopy to remove bone spurs?

Up to you: I usually tell my patients to get rid of the crutches when they feel their knee is strong enough to stand. If all you had was a debridement. Then there is nothing that you are going to damage by walking on it. ...Read more

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I had knee arthroscopy on Dec 6, 2016 to remove plica. Started walking soon and over stressed it in the 6th week. Now 10wks post op, always painful?

I had knee arthroscopy on Dec 6, 2016 to remove plica. Started walking soon and over stressed it in the 6th week. Now 10wks post op, always painful?

See your doc: The simple answer is to follow up with your surgeon to explore additional diagnostic & treatment options. Ask whether there are other sources of pain other than the plica. What about articular cartilage near where the plica was excised. Also, inquire about a meniscal tear, patellar instability, tendinitis, scar tissue, etc. If I can help, then join my care team at healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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I had a knee arthroscopy. One of the post op diagnosis." tremendous synovial overgrowth". Synovial debridement carried out throughout entire knee. What does this mean?

I had a knee arthroscopy. One of the post op diagnosis." tremendous synovial overgrowth". Synovial debridement carried out throughout entire knee. What does this mean?

Synovium=Lining: Essentially all joints have a sac with fluid in the middle to help them move more smoothly. The lining inside that sac is the synovium. It can get heaped up from growing (like skin callous) which is what tremendous overgrowth refers to and the surgeon thinned out the lining throughout the joint. ...Read more

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Can my doctor do the knee arthroscopy in his clinic?

Can my doctor do the knee arthroscopy in his clinic?

No: Knee arthroscopy can be done at an ambulatory surgery center. Several physicians have asc located on the same campus as their office. Knee arthroscopy however is not an office based procedure. ...Read more

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What can you do before knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthrosccopy: Prior to undegoing knee arthroscopy, as in any other surgical situation, you must be well-informed about your non-surgical options and should have followed thru with conservative treatment options as outlined by your treating physician.

Once you are scheduled for knee arthroscopy, you must follow the preop instructions provided by your surgeon and the hospital. ...Read more

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Is knee arthroscopy a very common procedure?

Is knee arthroscopy a very common procedure?

Yes: Knee arthroscope surgery is very common. Usually it entails cleaning up the inside structures of the knee so the knee joint mechanically functions better. ...Read more

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How can I treat diagnostic knee arthroscopy?

Advance as tolerated: A diagnostic knee arthroscopy is a limited procedure, whereby the joint is entered and the staus of the named structures (cartilage, synovium, ligaments, and meniscii) are all documented. No actual debridement, repai, or reconstruction of injured tissues is performed. Because of this low morbidity, your activities can essentially advance as tolerated. Discuss details of your case with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about a knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy: Knee arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure using small incisions and a fiber optic camera. Structures inside the knee joint can be visualized and repaired of there is any damage. The recovery is quicker and less painful than open procedures. ...Read more

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How long does a knee arthroscopy recovery take?

How long does a knee arthroscopy recovery take?

1-6 weeks: For meniscus surgeries in an otherwise healthy patient in excellent condition, the arthroscopy does not need too much time to recover from. I have had patients walk out from surgery and never turn back. However, patients are often deconditioned because of the injury. This causes muscle (especially quads) weakness and inhibition that takes longer to recover from. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Arthroscopy (Definition)

Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...Read more


Dr. Allen Lu
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Knee Arthroscopy (Definition)

A scope (arthroscope) is inserted into the knee to allow visual examination of the structures in the knee for diagnosis. Operative arthroscopy of the knee allows treatment of specific problems without an incision ...Read more