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Jumping Rope After A Knee Arthroscopy
Depends: Knee arthroscopy is highly dependent on the procedure being performed along with it. Trimming a torn meniscus can lead to immediate relief and return to function while acl or PCL reconstructions take 8-9 months to recover. It also depends on your conditioning before surgery. Pain from quad weakness and tendinitis will not improve at all after surgery. It will depend more on rehab. ...Read more
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
How long after a knee arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) before you can go on a long journey by car as a passenger?
Depends: Depends on why you had arthroscopy to start with. Uncomplicated meniscal tears usual improve in 2-6 weeks. If there is arthritis present the pain may never completely resolve. For more involved arthroscopic procedures it is anyone's quess as to how long the pain may persists. Your surgeon is the best one to advise in this matter. ...Read more
I have a hematoma after a knee arthroscopy and its red now after 20 days from the surgery and its covering all my leg is that normal? And how to treat
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
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
Knee scope Recovery : Reovery 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
Exercise post arthro: A lot depends upon the timing of the 'exercise.' a complex knee scope with ACL reconstruction may take some time before one can 'exercise' normally. That said upper body work can be performed soonafter. Swimming will happen sooner than running; biking on a stationary bike may occur with minimal resistance as well. A well-trained physical therapist should be able to gradually return you. ...Read more
Talk to doctor: There are a number of reasons you feel sick; medicine reaction is the most likely. Talk to your doctor and explain the symptoms. Your doctor can change your medications or order something else for you to help. ...Read more
Knee arthroscopy: Arthroscopy may be performed under local anesthesia, local anesthesia w/ sedation, spinal/epidural or general anesthesia. Much will depend on surgeon and regional anesthesia provider preferences. All are very safe when performed properly. I would recommend discussion with your anesthesiologist and surgeon preoperatively to decide on the best options for your particular situation. ...Read more
Probably: As long as it is steadily improving ...less red, less swollen, no drainage, etc. it is probably normal. ...Read more
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
Depends: As long as you did not have any type of repair of your miniscus for example you should be ok as long as you do not have pain ...Read more
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
I had knee arthroscopy 2 weeks ago and was advised I had grade 3 and 4 degeneration. What should I do?
Knee arthroscopy: Grade 3/4 articular cartilage degeneration must be better defined. Is it global tricompartmental involvement or reserved to a specific compartment? For one compartment disease a course of gel (hyaluronic acid) injections can be very helpful. This coupled with pt and orthotics may be a great start. ...Read more
4 days post op. L knee arthroscopy. Alot of pain on outer side of lower thigh. Is this normal? Thankyou
Will they drug test a teenager before a knee arthroscopy? Will two days be sufficient to test negative?
Not necessarily: The hospital won't necessarily test a teenager for illicit substances. But you need to be honest with the nurse and doctor as to a history of drug use. Certain substances are tested for particularly if there is an index of suspicion. Outside of that it depends on the drug as to how long it remains in the system. ...Read more
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
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
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
Several, but rare...: Generally, arthroscopy is a very safe procedure. Common side effects include swelling, pain, and muscle weakness, all which should resolve with time and rehabilitation. Rare but potential side complications can include anesthetic-related complications, infection, or dvt/pe (deep venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism), or nerve or blood vessel injury. Procedure-specific risks are also present. ...Read more
Outpatient surgery: Quick in and out surgery. Small incisions and short anesthesia time. Many 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
Being apprehensive -:
About any surgery is quite normal. Rest assured you'll do fine, as this the commonest surgery done all over the world and everyday thousands are being done.
Talk it over with your anesthesiologist, who can help you greatly, with some sedation.
You'll do well. These are very safe procedures nowadays.
Good luck and leave the anxiety at home. ...Read more
Follow: Orthopedic surgeon's recommendations & schedule follow up appointment. Take care. ...Read more
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