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I had knee surgery on friday and I have had a start and stop stream since, is this common?

I had knee surgery on friday and I have had a start and stop stream since, is this common?

No.: Sometimes narcotics (pain medications) can cause urine retention (difficulty starting urination). Other problems can arise if you had a catheter placed - i.e. Urinary tract infections. Bottom line, talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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Just had knee surgery today. I'm home. Have bad case of chills. Is that normal?

Just had knee surgery today. I'm home. Have bad case of chills. Is that normal?

No: Gentleman at home s/p knee surgery with complaint of chills. During surgery, your are at risk for infection. Even though you were given antibiotics, it would be prudent to get examined and have your vital signs checked. Visit the ER immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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Two and a half weeks ago I had arthroscopic knee surgery, my knee still feels hot to the touch. Is that normal at this point?

Two and a half weeks ago I had arthroscopic knee surgery, my knee still feels hot to the touch. Is that normal at this point?

Inflammation: Hot implies inflammation. Increased warmth is common a couple weeks after surgery, but if accompanied by significant pain or redness, then an urgent evaluation is necessary to rule out an infection. ...Read more

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Had microfracture knee surgery and don't get my sutures taken out for 15 days. Is that normal to wait that long? Will it hurt?

Had microfracture knee surgery and don't get my sutures taken out for 15 days. Is that normal to wait that long? Will it hurt?

Suture Removal: It's normal to wait for anywhere from 1-2 weeks, and sometimes more, to remove sutures. Suture removal isn't usually that painful although there is often some discomfort. ...Read more

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Had microfracture knee surgery and don't get my sutures taken out for 15 days. Is that normal to wait that long? I've read it's usually 10-14day.

Had microfracture knee surgery and don't get my sutures taken out for 15 days. Is that normal to wait that long? I've read it's usually 10-14day.

Ask questions pre-op: Disclaimer: i'm not a surgeon. But as a family doc, i always advise my patients to ask questions about proposed test, xray, procedure, surgery, medication, whatever before agreeing to it. In other words, best time to ask about when to remove sutures is before operation. And best person to ask is your surgeon, not some random doc online. With that said, 15d vs 10-14d isn't really a big difference. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my foot to be swollen 3 days after knee surgery?

Is it normal for my foot to be swollen 3 days after knee surgery?

Yes: That is not uncommon, however if the swelling gets worse or you are having calf pain contact your doctor as there would be concern about a blood clot. ...Read more

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When will the numbness of my foot stop after having knee surgery ?

When will the numbness of my foot stop after having knee surgery ?

Depends: If a nerve has been severed and separated then it could be permanent. If it was only compressed and the compression goes away e.G swelling, then it is likely to improve over next several weeks to months. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my legs to ache and my feet to swell 4 months after knee surgery?

Is it normal for my legs to ache and my feet to swell 4 months after knee surgery?

Follow up with your : Doc, a clot. In either leg should be in the differential diagnosis. If there is no clot, are you wearing compression hoosiery if any kind? That might be a consideration as well. ...Read more

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Is pain in my calf normal after knee surgery?

Is pain in my calf normal after knee surgery?

No: Calf pain is not normal after knee surgery. I would go back to your orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. You can possible have a blood clot in your calf after surgery. If you have asleep venous thrombosis that could be life threatening. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have another knee surgery a year later? I had surgery one year ago but i still am having locking when i try to straighten the leg?

Is it normal to have another knee surgery a year later? I had surgery one year ago but i still am having locking when i try to straighten the leg?

Second opinion: The more surgeries you get, the more the complications. Always try to get a second opinion from another orthopedic surgeon preferably at the university hospital before you decide on another surgery. ...Read more

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I had arthoscopic knee surgery 4 weeks ago and my ankles are swollen. Is this normal? What should I do?

I had arthoscopic knee surgery 4 weeks ago and my ankles are swollen.  Is this normal? What should I do?

Be seen: I would certainly let your surgeon know. The most common cause if it involves both sides is that you have retained fluid still from your surgery. While you are having surgery you get IV fluids that can third space into your soft tissues and gradually resolves. But other causes such as heart or kidney failure, medication reaction, or blood clot are possible. So make sure your surgeon is aware. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery 4 weeks ago and just fully got off crutches. My cholesterol levels are through the roof. Is this normal?

I had knee surgery 4 weeks ago and just fully got off crutches. My cholesterol levels are through the roof. Is this normal?

Well: Your cholesterol needs to come down. Now I am sure due to the surgery you have been sedentary. However. The. Cholesterol takes time to rise as you say. So better see doctor for treatment and get a healthier lifestyle and diet ...Read more

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My doctor did a microfracture knee surgery in multiple spots in my knee. Is that normal?

My doctor did a microfracture knee surgery in multiple spots in my knee. Is that normal?

Do u feel better?: Your description is very general. Go for 2 nd opinion if you don't feel better or discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Will the peace corp still take me if I've had 2 hip and a knee surgery, that knee one was 1 1/2 yrs ago, what about allergies, can that stop you?

Will the peace corp still take me if I've had 2 hip and a knee surgery, that knee one was 1 1/2 yrs ago, what about allergies, can that stop you?

Peace corps: I know that environmental allergies may not be an issue for the peace corps, but food allergies can be an issue, it depends on the case. Don't know about the join stuff. ...Read more

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I just had knee surgery and get painful muscle spasms when I rest. Is it normal?

I just had knee surgery and get painful muscle spasms when I rest. Is it normal?

Normal after surgery: While local muscle spasms after surgery in the area are common, they should go away with healing. If not, the surgeon should be contacted for additional assessment as indicated. Feel better ...Read more

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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