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I am having a knee arthroscopy. How long does it usually take?

I am having a knee arthroscopy. How long does it usually take?

Diagnosis dependent: Arthroscopy of the knee can take anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours depending upon the diagnosis and planned surgical intervention. A simple meniscal tear debridement can be very rapid, whereas a meniscal repair combined with a ligament reconstruction can take well over an hour. Your surgeon will give you the most accurate timetable specific to your knee and planned surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Bradford Patt
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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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I had knee surgery for a medial meniscus tear, how long does it take to start feeling better?

I had knee surgery for a medial meniscus tear, how long does it take to start feeling better?

~6 weeks: Typically will take 6-8 weeks of physical therapy plus independent exercises(per therapist) to see recovery. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does the pain last after an osteotomy? I'm worried about pain after my osteotomy. How bad is it and how long does it last? .

How long does the pain last after an osteotomy? I'm worried about pain after my osteotomy. How bad is it and how long does it last?

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Osteotomy: First it would be nice to know where the proposed osteotomy will be and why . Then we can present a reasonable estimate as to pain levels. Keep in mind that everyone's tolerance of pain is different . Speak to your surgeon about this and any concerns. ...Read more

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How long does it take for symptoms of a pinched lateral meniscus to settle. Does this term mean I have a tear? I had surgery in July for this.

How long does it take for symptoms of a pinched lateral meniscus to settle.  Does this term mean I have a tear?  I had surgery in July for this.

Days to Weeks: Usually your symptoms should resolve very quickly after surgery. If you ate still symptomatic 6 months later, you should have a re-evaluation. You may need PT or other treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take before I no longer run/bike with a limp after a hip replacement surgery?

How long does it take before I no longer run/bike with a limp after a hip replacement surgery?

Don't run: Depending on a number of factors including the surgical approach used, whether the leg was lengthened and differences among patients you can expect to have some limp for several months after hip replacement surgery. These replacements were not made for the impact of running and i strongly advise my patients to avoid those types of impact activities which will shorten implant life. ...Read more

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I m 23 yrs old. I am suffering from inguinal hernia since a long time and it does not pains.is it necessary to take treatment for it.

I m 23 yrs old. I am suffering from inguinal hernia since a long time and it does not pains.is it necessary to take treatment for it.

Depends on risks: Are you a weight lifter; will the post-operative recovery and associated lifting restrictions be overly burdensome to you; how reducible and sizable is the hernia presently? ...Read more

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I have uretha pain from sex.. I am not on medicine- how long will this pain last- I am a female- how many days does it take to heal?

U T I ?: Do you mean you have burning when you pass urine, what do you mean by urethral pain.We can not answer without knowing what do you mean by urethral pain after sex.I will recommend you see your doctor and have it checked. ...Read more

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Had an accident last night and now I have whiplash. How long does it usually take to recover?

Had an accident last night and now I have whiplash. How long does it usually take to recover?

Whiplash: First, important to know if that is truly your diagnosis. Whiplash is given for the constellation of symptoms surrounding injuries to the soft tissues of the neck after a flexion/extension injury and implies a negative radiologic work-up. Usually sel limited over several weeks, but some cases are persistent leading to chronic neck pain. ...Read more

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What can I expect when having a knee arthroscopy?

Outpatient surgery: Quick in and out surgery. Small incisions and short anesthesia time. Many different procedures can be done arthroscopically, so recovery can vary. Expect swelling and knee soreness for a few days. Most use crutches for a few days only. You will need to reduce standing and walking activities for up to 2-4 weeks post-op to reduce pain and swelling. A gentle range of motion program is helpful. ...Read more

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Is it beneficial to wear a knee neoprene sleeve after surgery and for how long. It is now 2 weeks since i had knee arthroscopic surgery. Thank you.?

Is it beneficial to wear a knee neoprene sleeve after surgery and for how long. It is now 2 weeks since i had knee arthroscopic surgery. Thank you.?

Is not: Neoprene sleeve may help with postop swelling following the immediate post-op time.After two weeks is not necessary to wear any external immobilization specially after simple arthroscopy.You should concentrate in rehabilitation of the knee with proper exercise program directed by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Im having foot surgery for a bunion on my left foot. What should I expect? How long will it be before I can walk and do stuff? What about recovery?

Im having foot surgery for a bunion on my left foot. What should I expect? How long will it be before I can walk and do stuff? What about recovery?

Depends: It depends on the specific procedure that is done. You will likely need to be off your foot with limited weight bearing and activity for 4 to 6 weeks. You will need to keep your foot elevated. ...Read more

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How long does hand stiffness typically last for mildly displaced metacarpal without surgery? When would i know I am ready for physiotherapy?

How long does hand stiffness typically last for mildly displaced metacarpal without surgery? When would i know I am ready for physiotherapy?

Varies: Stiffness after a fracture can remain for a number of weeks to months. The amount of time depends on how much pt/ot one has done after the fracture has healed. A typical fracture takes at least 6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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How long does it band syndrome take to heal? If it does heal will it likely come back? I have had 4 years of knee pain.

How long does it band syndrome take to heal? If it does heal will it likely come back? I have had 4 years of knee pain.

It band: Several things can be associated w it band. A tight it band can cause lateral knee pain distally particularly in runners. It can snap near the hip. Physical therapy directed at hip abductor strengthing and special stretches for it band can be beneficial. Avid runnets thwn will need to continue to keep these areas strong and stretched out to prevent it from coming back. ...Read more

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How long does it take before i could go back to work from knee arthroscopy?

How long does it take before i could  go back to work from knee arthroscopy?

Depends see below: Depends on the procedure and type of work. In most cases if there is no repair or reconstruction performed in about one week you should be able to return to work except for manual labor which can take up to six weeks. ...Read more

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How long will I have pain after a rt knee meniscectomy?

How long will I have pain after a rt knee  meniscectomy?

Knee locking: You should have this discussion with your surgeon. If he does not give you a satisfactory answer and solution, it is okay to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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How long will it take before I could walk on my leg after a knee sprained?

How long will it take before I could walk on my leg after a knee sprained?

Should be anytime: if it hurts that much to walk on a sprain, you may want to get further imaging studies done like X-Ray and MRI. There may be more damage than was thought originally. If its just a sprain, occasional protection for a few days on crutches might be OK. However don't go too long using that or the muscles will stiffen and you may start to atrophy. Take NSAIDs and ice the area around the clock. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your knee to feel normal after micro fracture surgery? My knee still feels very weak after one year.

How long does it take for your knee to feel normal after micro fracture surgery?   My knee still feels very weak after one year.

Need Follow Up: Most people who have microfracture surgery are able to return to sports or intense activities in 4 months, however, recovery is typically slow. For best results, physical therapy should be continued for 3-6 months after surgery. Results are better for patients less than 40 years of age and not overweight. If you are still feeling unstable after a year, you should make a follow up. ...Read more

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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