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Had knee surgery a year ago to have meniscus removed, why would the knee still hurt pop and lock up?

Had knee surgery a year ago to have meniscus removed, why would the knee still hurt pop and lock up?

Recurrent tear: There is a possibility that you have a recurrent meniscus tear. I suggest that you have a repeat MRI with ia gadolinium (dye injection in joint). This makes the test more sensitive. ...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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I was born with discoid meniscus, I had surgery this year: (June) sauerizsation and stabilization (lateral). I'm having PT but my knee keeps locking?

I was born with discoid meniscus, I had surgery this year: (June) sauerizsation and stabilization (lateral). I'm having PT but my knee keeps locking?

Knee locking post op: If your also having swelling and pain that should indicate further meniscal problems. Depending on the length of time you had issues with your knee prior to surgery, you may have some minor muscle weakness which improves as you continue your pt ...Read more

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I had knee surgery for a meniscus tear about 2 months ago. I am still having popping, locking, and giving way. I had this before surgery also help?

I had knee surgery for a meniscus tear about 2 months ago. I am still having popping, locking, and giving way. I had this before surgery also help?

Locking not normal: 2 months after arthroscopic knee surgery it is still normal to have some discomfort and mild swelling which can produce popping. As a surgeon, I get concerned if my patients still have locking 2 months after surgery. Although it can still occur from chondromalacia (cartilage irregularities especially under the knee cap), I offer my patients a repeat MRI to look for loose pieces or a retear. ...Read more

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When a orthopedic surgeon does surgery do they look under the patella? What causes locking and giving way of the knee joint? Could this be meniscus

When a orthopedic surgeon does surgery do they look under the patella? What causes locking and giving way of the knee joint? Could this be meniscus

Yes: In an arthroscopic knee surgery the undersurface if the patella is routinely checked as are the medial and lateral meniscus, the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, and the articular surfaces of the femur and tibia. ...Read more

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After ACL surgery a few years ago I started experiencing my knee locking up. Any advice?

After ACL surgery a few years ago I started experiencing my knee locking up. Any advice?

Reconsult: I would go back and see the surgeon who performed your surgery first. It that is not possible I would go see another orthopedic surgeon. It may be from the previous surgery or it may be a new injury. ...Read more

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How can you feel after knee meniscus surgery?

How can you feel after knee meniscus surgery?

Sore 1-2 wks: I tell my patients to take it easy for the first 3-4 days, elevate to heart level, ice a lot and limited walking around for the first week so that it doesn't swell early on. Pain can be moderate first week. Generally much better 2nd weeks pretty good by week 3-4. I inject cortisone week 4-6 if not significantly better. ...Read more

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Can I treat a meniscus/knee injury without surgery?

Can I treat a meniscus/knee injury without surgery?

Yes, possibly: Not all meniscus tears are the same, and asymptomatic tears do not require surgery. If a tear continues to be bothersome, blocks motion or significantly inhibits normal activities of daily living despite an adequate course of nonoperative management (rest, ice, elevation, and a graduated physical therapy program), then arthroscopy to repair or debride the tear becomes warranted. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after knee meniscus surgery?

Typically 4-6 weeks: Most routine arthroscopic meniscus procedure take about 4-6 weeks for
recovery.
Usually you are wlaking well within a few
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but it usually takes 4-6 weeks to rehab
so you can resume activities and sports. ...Read more

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Why is my knee still swollen a week after my meniscus surgery?

Why is my knee still swollen a week after my meniscus surgery?

Post surgery healing: It has been said that it takes almost a full year or more for your body to fully heal after a surgery. 1 wk post surgery swelling is normal. Watch a video demonstration some time on a meniscus surgery. Lots of manipulation, insertion, removal, suction, etc is done throughout the surgery; eventhough the finished product looks nice, neat and clean, recovery is still going on below the stitches. ...Read more

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Meniscus removal surgery for knee problems? How successful is it?

It depends: If your pain is from a meniscus tear then surgery by a skilled orthopedist is usually very successful. Most people are significantly improved in weeks. ...Read more

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What can I expect when going in to have knee surgery to remove meniscus?

What can I expect when going in to have knee surgery to remove meniscus?

Nothing special: You going to have some pain in the knee and use crutches for few days, the knee will swell for a while. ...Read more

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What should I do with my knee while awaiting surgery for a meniscus injury?

What should I do with my knee while awaiting surgery for a meniscus injury?

Quard exercise: Try to exercise your muscles around the knee to keep in shape that make recovery go faster. Thank you. ...Read more

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Is it common for my knee to still pop a week after surgery repair of a torn meniscus?

Is it common for my knee to still pop a week after surgery repair of a torn meniscus?

Yes: This is common after this type of surgery. Popping that causes no pain is benign and can be ignored. Sometimes "popping" originating at the knee cap is due to muscle atrophy and improper tracking...This will get better with physical therapy. If you have concerns contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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How much time will it take to fully recover from a meniscus toren in the knee with surgery?

How much time will it take to fully recover from a meniscus toren in the knee with surgery?

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

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30 yr old man, had knee surgery 14 months ago for meniscus, what would cause poping and pain to continue?

30 yr old man, had knee surgery 14 months ago for meniscus, what would cause poping and pain to continue?

Recurrent tear: The tear could have extended. Also, you may have arthritis in the area of the torn cartilage that is causing pain. You need an MRI arthrogram to evaluate the problem. ...Read more

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What should I do if I had a meniscus surgery on my right knee about 3 months ago and my knee still hasn't healed?

What should I do if I had a meniscus surgery on my right knee about 3 months ago and my knee still hasn't healed?

Repair vs debrided?: If you underwent a partial removal of the torn portion of the meniscus (partial mensicectomy), your recuperation period would generally be quicker than if you underwent a repair of the torn meniscus (meniscal repair). Jogging is routinely allowed by 3-4 months after meniscectomy, and after 4-6 months when it is repaired. Underlying arthritis (cartilage loss) would also slow your recovery. ...Read more