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How long before I can return to work after arthroscopic knee surgery to repair my meniscus?

How long before I can return to work after arthroscopic knee surgery to repair my meniscus?

Depends.: Depending on what you do and what was done, your return to work can range from a week to 6 weeks. If the meniscus is resected and not repaired, there are typically no significant activity restrictions post-op. However, if the meniscus was repaired, typically this requires some bracing, protected weightbearing, and that may restrict on what you need to do to work. ...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


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What should I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

What should I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Quick Recovery: A sore and swollen knee for a couple days. Use crutches as needed for the first couple of days. Use ice readily over the first few days, and start early full range of motion early to reduce swelling and prevent stiffness. Minimize standing and walking until swelling and pain resolve. If swelling gone and range of motion normal, normal activities are allowed usually at 4 weeks post-op. ...Read more

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What's the quickest way to recover after arthroscopic knee surgery?

What's the quickest way to recover after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Physical therapy: Follow the instruction of your surgeon and those given to your therapist. The surgeon has actually seen the insides of your knee and what is wrong and what was fixed or not fixxed as well as your prognosis. In addition what you can and cannot do and when to progress. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will I be on crutches after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Can someone tell me how long will I be on crutches after arthroscopic knee surgery?

2-3 days: From personal experience probably 2-3 days for an uncomplicated meniscal tear. For a more complicated repair, it depends on the extent on the problem. ...Read more

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Muscle loss after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Muscle loss after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Very common: Quad muscle atrophy after knee surgery is very common and often overlooked as a continuing source of problems. Several months of routine thigh strengthening exercises are needed post-op to return to 100%. ...Read more

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I play football. What can I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

I play football. What can I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Physical therapy ++: You'll certainly need to build up the muscles that attach to the knee (quads, hamstrings, calf muscles etc), and do a lot of specified therapy by a well trained sports physical therapist. But when, or if, you should go back to playing football will be related to what type of football, what level of play, what procedure u had, how well u recovered: in other words, what the 'orthopod' says. ...Read more

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How long does it take to walk after arthroscopic knee surgery?

How long does it take to walk after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Right away: You can walk the day of surgery.
Most people will feel good the first day from the local anesthetic and medicine injected at the time of surgery. The medicines wear off by day two and three. You can still walk but it becomes more sore. By day 3-4 the worst swelling occurs and this is the worst days for some. Usually swelling decreases after this and walking gets better each day after. Keep icing! ...Read more

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Is it possible to go back to work the same day after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Is it possible to go back to work the same day after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Possible, but.....: Is it possible that one is an investment banker and drive from li to nyc directly from the surgical suite after taking oxycodone, weave in and out of cars (no traffic at 2pm), avoid getting pulled over by cops, almost causing an accident/ /multiple injuries/fatalities on the way, in order to get to that meeting because one feels that it's crucial to be at the meeting to close a $1b deal? Sure. ...Read more

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Lower leg stiffness persisting several months after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Lower leg stiffness persisting several months after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Baker's cyst: It may be or may not be related to the arthroscopic surgery. I would consider a baker's cyst with fluid leaking down from the knee as a possibility. Would also consider other vascular, neurologic, bone or joint consideration. If the reason for the arthroscopy was in the arthritis maybe there's arthritis in the ankle midfoot or hind foot. ...Read more

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What causes the stiffness and discomfort after arthroscopic knee surgery is done for repairing a torn meniscus?

What causes the stiffness and discomfort after arthroscopic knee surgery is done for repairing a torn meniscus?

Trauma: To muscles, tendons, joint, meniscus and bony surfaces!

the tissues are stretched, cauterized, and bruised. ...Read more

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Feeling pain in my thigh muscle when pressing it or at sitting position. Is it normal after arthroscopic knee surgery for removal of plica? It's day 6

Feeling pain in my thigh muscle when pressing it or at sitting position. Is it normal after arthroscopic knee surgery for removal of plica? It's day 6

Yes, fairly normal: This is most likely from edema related to the surgery. The edema and injury from the surgery to the area just below your quads can cause significant edema and actual short term structural changes leading to some discomfort. Give it about two weeks and discuss with your ortho if it does not improve. Hope that helps! ...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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My mom is undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery next week. What will I have to do to help?

My mom is undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery next week. What will I have to do to help?

Be around...: Before, to help allay anticipatory anxiety;, at surgery, so she sees your smiling face when awakens; and most importantly till she gets back on her feet and walks comfortably. All, along the way, she'll let you know --or you'll sense--what she needs.....And when she's ready to let you go. ...Read more

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I have been having left knee clicking and clunking now for 5 months after having arthroscopic knee surgery. Is this normal? What damage is being done?

Typically not: You may have scar tissue or muscle imbalance. Make sure to followup and let your surgeon know what you are feeling. ...Read more

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Can I recover a arthroscopic knee surgery in 30 days or less?

Can I recover a arthroscopic knee surgery in 30 days or less?

Yes: This depends on what the surgery was done for. The most common knee scope surgery is done for a meniscal tear where a partial menisectomy is done and these generally recover in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What should I expect with arthroscopic knee surgery from anesthesia to recovery?

What should I expect with arthroscopic knee surgery from anesthesia to recovery?

Expectations: A good general overview of a knee scope can be found here:
http://orthoinfo. Aaos. Org/topic. Cfm? Topic=a00299. ...Read more

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How do I know when will the incision marks from arthroscopic knee surgery heal (disappear)?

How do I know when will the incision marks from arthroscopic knee surgery heal (disappear)?

Never completely: There will always be a scar. It takes 3-6mo for the scar to mature and become white and non inflamed (not red). If you go out in the sun wear sunblock (not sreen). The sun will tan and set the scar dark. ...Read more

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Had arthroscopic knee surgery 2 mos ago but fell 2 days ago, and painful swelling, could I have reinjured it?

Had arthroscopic knee surgery 2 mos ago but fell 2 days ago, and painful swelling, could I have reinjured it?

Yes, but probably no: I tell all my patients how to protect their knees after surgery often with bracing and/or crutches. My guess is that most fall at some point in the early postoperative period. So you are in good company. It really spends on two things: what exact surgery was performed, and how bad was the fall? You should check with your surgeon to see how concerned he or she is. A quick check alleviates anxiety. ...Read more

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What to do if I am having arthroscopic knee surgery next week, and I'm there be a drain from my knee after surgery?

What to do if I am having arthroscopic knee surgery next week, and I'm there be a drain from my knee after surgery?

The Q. is not clear: With some word (s) missing. Generally no drain is used after an arthroscopic surgery, unless it is an open procedure. ...Read more

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What to do if I had arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus 7 months ago and my knee feels the same it did before surg?

Follow up: I would not hesitate to discuss this directly with your surgeon and if you are not fully satisfied with the answer do not hesitate to seek a second opinion. There are many possible causes, your surgeon would be the most able to tell you the likely reason. ...Read more

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I just had arthroscopic knee surgery and was told that I had a lot of red inside the knee. He said this was inflammation. How did it get there?

I just had arthroscopic knee surgery and was told that I had a lot of red inside the knee. He said this was inflammation. How did it get there?

Varies: Inflammation can occur in response to an injury, an autoimmune condition, an arthritic condition, an infectious process, among multiple potential causes. In the knee it is usually associated inflammation of the synovium, known as synovitis. I would discuss the specifics of your case with your surgeon, who likely has a theory as to the cause of the inflammation. ...Read more

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I just had arthroscopic knee surgery my surgeon removed 15 to 20 loose bodies from my knee measuring 3 to 5 mms is this big. What us the trochlea?

I just had arthroscopic knee surgery my surgeon removed 15 to 20 loose bodies from my knee measuring 3 to 5 mms is this big. What us the trochlea?

Kneecap groove: The trochlea is the groove at the end of the femur. The kneecap/patella sits in this groove. We call this the patellofemoral joint. 15-20 is a very large number of loose bodies. 3-5 mm loose bodies would be considered small to medium in size. ...Read more

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What is the recovery timeline for arthroscopic knee surgery?

About 6 weeks: The first week you can expect some discomfort. A small percentage of patients have a lot of pain. Its difficult to determine who they are preoperatively. Most surgeons want you doing a home exercise program during the 1st week. You will be able to walk usually with the use of a cane for a few days. At the end of the 1st week, your surgeon will remove sutures and start pt. Each week you will progressively improve, and usually by 6 weeks you should be 90% healed. The last 10% can take several months. ...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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What is causing the back of my knee to hurt? I took a step forward and the back go my knee popped. I had arthroscopic knee surgery please help

What is causing the back of my knee to hurt? I took a step forward and the back go my knee popped. I had arthroscopic knee surgery please help

Knee pop postop: When was your knee surgery performed/? What was accomplished? IT is not unusual to experienced some pain, popping and swelling of arming amounts for first several weeks postop. Try ice, NSAIDs and avoid kneeling, stairs. Check with your surgeon if things persist ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more