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How can you reduce pain and swelling one month after meniscus surgery?

How can you reduce pain and swelling one month after meniscus surgery?

Post-op complaints: Did you have a menisectomy (removal) or a meniscal repair? — pain and swelling a month after surgery are not unheard-of by any means, but it is also possible that you are overdoing it. I suggest you speak with your surgeon and/ or physical therapist about your concerns. In the meanwhile, at home, you can use rest, ice, compression, elevation, tens (if prescribed), and/or nsaids for pain & swelling. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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How long after orthoscopic meniscus surgery will the swelling go down?

How long after orthoscopic meniscus surgery will the swelling go down?

Few days: Usually minimizing the swelling from the procedure is the key performing the procedure in an efficient
manor and minimizing the intra op bleeding will minimize swelling
also it is important to be off your feet for the first 24 hours to keep the swelling down
most of my patient who have an arthroscopic procedure done on thursday
have their dressing changed saturday and
return to work on monday. ...Read more

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How long after orthoscopic meniscus surgery does the swelling usually go down?

How long after orthoscopic meniscus surgery does the swelling usually go down?

2 weeks: Typically, it goes down in the first 2 weeks but it can take longer. If it persists beyond say 6 weeks then it needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I just got my meniscus repaired a month ago. It has just started popping and now its swelling. Is this normal after meniscus surgery?

I just got my meniscus repaired a month ago. It has just started popping and now its swelling. Is this normal after meniscus surgery?

No;see your ortho MD: The clicking and popping sounds should be gone, and there should be minimal swelling at one month out. In particular, you should not have NEW swelling. You have risk for an infection. Follow up with your surgeon ASAP. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience swelling after acl/meniscus surgery?

Is it normal to experience swelling after acl/meniscus surgery?

Surg Swelling Normal: Swelling after surgery is minimized by elevating the area, normal blood pressure, no nausea or vomiting, stop taking nsaid's, antioxidants, and some vitamins and supplements that can cause bruising 2 wks before and after, and low salt diet. And if advised elastic wraps. ...Read more

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How long after ACL and meniscus surgery does it take for swelling to go down?

How long after ACL and meniscus surgery does it take for swelling to go down?

Everyone reacts to-: -this surgery in different ways. 1-even the same surgeon has different recover early. Things that may cause more swelling are bleeding, how much was done, & some have a tendency to swell than others, 2-not resting enough, improper use of ice, being to active. Follow Ur surgeon's protocol, in the long run your result should not B any different. Always let surgeon know of any sudden changes. ...Read more

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Aug '12 I tore my meniscus had surgery. My knee is now locking swelling etc. Advice?

Aug '12 I tore my meniscus had surgery. My knee is now locking swelling etc. Advice?

See your ORS: If u are still having problems w/ your knee more than a year after your arthroscopy see your ors. Recurrent meniscal tears or other causes of knee pain/'locking' could be present. A good thorough knee exam is indicated. ...Read more

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Hi i recently had surgery to repair a torn ACL and remove my meniscus on feb 14th. Still, have swelling and tightness. Should i be worried?

Hi i recently had surgery to repair a torn ACL and remove my meniscus on feb 14th.  Still, have swelling and tightness.  Should i be worried?

NO: You are still i the early stages of recovery from the surgery you described. With time and physical therapy the symptoms should resolve. It cqan take a good 3-6 months to recover fully. ...Read more

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I had meniscus surgery three month ago, why still my knee swelling and in pain and since two weeks ago my right knee has pain. It is getting worse.

I had meniscus surgery three month ago, why still my knee swelling and in pain and since two weeks ago my right knee has pain. It is getting worse.

Depends: It all depends on the type of surgery and the condition of your knee. If you have severe arthritis, then a meniscus surgery may simply have been inadequate. If you had an actual meniscus repair (not that common), then it's possible the repair failed. Also, it's important to rule out an infection. You'll need to see your surgeon for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have continued swelling after lateral release, meniscus repair? Surgery july 9th. Stress fx tibia feb. Not diag. Until may after 2nd mri.

Not unusual: While it's been about 10 weeks since your surgery it would not be unusual to have some swelling related to activites
the swelling should go down overnight?
I think the swelling would more likely be
related to the knee surgery and not the
stress fracture
you might benefit from some nsaids or even
a cortisone injection to bring the swelling down. ...Read more

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Had ACL &meniscus surgery 11 months ago. Knee still has some swelling and still no feeling in portion of my leg. Is this normal?

Had ACL &meniscus surgery 11 months ago.  Knee still has some swelling and still no feeling in portion of my leg.  Is this normal?

Yes, it can be: Arthroscopic acl surgery can cause some mild residual swelling w/ running etc. 11 months post-op. A small area of numbness below the kneecap if the patellar tendon was harvested is also normal. Recurrent swelling that is interfering w/ knee flexion or more numbness than described(esp. W/ meniscus repair)is not ' normal'. See your ors if so. Gl! ...Read more

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How can I end knee swelling after getting blood clots from meniscus surgery?

How can I end knee swelling after getting blood clots from meniscus surgery?

Ask the surgeon: The surgeon should have some thoughts on this matter, but be aware that swelling after surgery and/or a blood clot can be very slow to heal and in some cases is permanent. ...Read more

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What is the typical time for knee swelling to go away after meniscus arthoscopic and ACL reconstruction surgery?

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1-4 weeks: It sometimes depends on the type of reconstruction as well as bleeding within the joint. Because of this, it is difficult to predict the amount and duration. Most of these resolve as the body seals and starts to heal. The body also starts to absorb everything over the first month. ...Read more

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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?

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?

It : It will usually take a few weeks for the swelling to subside. If you have some arthritis as well as a meniscus tear it can take longer for the fluid in your knee to be absorbed. At two weeks post-operation I would not be too worried about having an occasionally swollen knee. ...Read more

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I am about 7.5 weeks post ACL and meniscus surgery on my right knee and I've been walking w/out brace for 1 week but swelling, should I be concerned?

I am about 7.5 weeks post ACL and meniscus surgery on my right knee and I've been walking w/out brace for 1 week but swelling, should I be concerned?

Probably not: Some swelling after a major knee surgery is not uncommon for a few months. Pl continue with OT/PT and keep walking to enhance your rehabilitation. Feel better ...Read more

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My daughter had surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus last Thursday. The swelling in her foot has Progressively gotten worse with pain. What to do

My daughter had surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus last Thursday. The swelling in her foot has Progressively gotten worse with pain. What to do

She needs to be seen: The symptoms you have described suggest a possible infection that may be developing- increased swelling and increasing pain suggests that you should call her doctor and have her seen as soon as possible. Using Advil and Tylenol (acetaminophen) will only mask the symptoms and delay diagnosis. ...Read more

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Patella dislocation meniscus extruded past tibia. Swelling- large effusion mrii. Knee gave out while walking. Need for surgery? Pops clicks

Patella dislocation meniscus extruded past tibia. Swelling- large effusion mrii. Knee gave out while walking. Need for surgery? Pops clicks

Depends: Your need for surgery will depend on the stability and/or damage under your knee cap. If this is your first patella dislocation vs the latest ofmor, that could change things as well. The effusion or fluid in the knee is just a symptom of the dislocation. It's really the patella that needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Acl surgery about 15 months back, again 3 months meniscus tear on interior took MRI and doctor said it's ok to continue soccer, but pain n swelling?

Acl surgery about 15 months back, again 3 months meniscus tear on interior took MRI and doctor said it's ok to continue soccer, but pain n swelling?

Pain& swelling notok: If it is painful and swollen then something is not rigth and to cont to play on it is less than a good idea you should re discuss with your surgeon or seek another opinion. ...Read more

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I'm 20yrs old guy, after meniscus repair surgery & rehab. After 1 year can I be back to my high intensity exercises or should I stop them permanently?

Ask your ortho: I would think you should gradually work your way up. I am not sure how you obtained the tear but don't damage your outcome.
Ask your ortho doctor how best to recover and if you have any limitations. All the best. ...Read more

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After DVT, with the swell ever go away, in my leg and can my orthopedic, tell me, if I still have DVT. I had surgery for torn meniscus.

After DVT, with the swell ever go away, in my leg and can my orthopedic, tell me, if I still have DVT. I had surgery for torn meniscus.

DVT: The swelling may never go away. Hard to tell. Somewhat depends on an individual basis. Your doc should be able to order a venous doppler to evaluate the DVT. ...Read more

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Fit 59 y o f : parrot-beak tear post horn of medial meniscus. Swelling / pain intermitt x 5mo. Recs for specific nonsurg options — exercises?

Fit 59 y o f : parrot-beak tear post horn of medial meniscus. Swelling / pain intermitt x 5mo.  Recs for specific nonsurg options — exercises?

Surg best: Unlikely that non surg will do it here with a parrot beak tear which is unlikely to heal on its own

Discuss arthroscopic surg with your orthopedic surgeon it is pretty likely to help a lot. ...Read more

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What are signs of swelling from a meniscus tear?

What are signs of swelling from a meniscus tear?

Joint irritation: Swelling of the knee is common with several knee problems. When there is an effusion immediately after a knee injury, a possible cause is severe injury to an internal joint structure, like the anterior cruciate ligament or a fracture of the top of the shin-bone. ...Read more

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I have a sprained meniscus and is very painful have swelling as well. Dr have me a shot told me to ice it for 20min 3 times a day. It is still painful?

I have a sprained meniscus and is very painful have swelling as well. Dr have me a shot told me to ice it for 20min 3 times a day. It is still painful?

Meniscus tear: Meniscal tears are painful and as it is a type of "cartilage" the pain comes from swelling in the joint itself — this can last days to weeks. Rest, gentle range of motion, antiinflammatory medications and ice are the mainstay of acute treatment ...Read more

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Can a medial meniscus displacement get worse if nothing is done? Does swelling cause increased pain? Please help

Yes to both possibly: Meniscal tears can certainly get worse as the tear propagates or continues to catch at the torn edge against the moving surfaces of the femoral and tibial joint surfaces. The swelling is the knees normal response to injury. Swelling causes the pressure sensitive fibers within the joint capsule to send pain signals to your brain. Most, but not all, mensical tears eventually requireintervertebral. ...Read more

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I've torn my ACL and meniscus and I was working out then it just started swelling and bothering me at the back does this mean I re tore something?

I've torn my ACL and meniscus and I was working out then it just started swelling and bothering me at the back does this mean I re tore something?

Not necessarily: This could be caused by over stretching one of the ligaments, not necessarily a tear. It could also represent a hamstring injury or even a popliteal cyst at the back of the knee called a Baker's cyst. Of course, it could be more meniscal damage or tear. Rest it, avoid aggravating activities, ice it. If the swelling and pain persist after a few days, see your doctor. Good wishes:) ...Read more