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Can medial plica syndrome cause instability or the knee to give way? Something like "pseudo giving way"?

Can medial plica syndrome cause instability or the knee to give way? Something like "pseudo giving way"?

Yes.: A painful plica can cause the quad (thigh) muscles to shut down, and give you a sense of the knee "giving out". ...Read more

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Plica (Definition)

Infolding synovial tissue within a joint. It is a normal finding. It may on occasion get ...Read more


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What is a medial plica of the knee?

What is a medial plica of the knee?

Synovial fold: Medial plica is a thickening or fold in the synovial lining of the knee. (plica synovialis mediopatellaris = medial plica: extends from the infrapatellar fat pad to the medial capsule of the knee, in the coronal plane.) this is a common finding which generally causes no problems. Very rarely it can cause a painful plica syndrome. ...Read more

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Why I can NOT flex my knee if I only had knee plica removed?

Why I can NOT flex my knee if I only had knee plica removed?

Depends: If soon after the surgery there may still be fluid in the knee from the procedure.

The amount of tissue derided (cut out) may be extensive and be causing an irritation that is inhibiting your flexion. Sometimes there is bleeding after the surgery that can cause swelling and some fibrosis.
Physical therapy is indicated and may take up to 6 weeks to regain your motion.

Ask surgeon if persists ...Read more

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I'm having my plica removed from my knee. What are the pros and cons of the procedure?

I'm having my plica removed from my knee. What are the pros and cons of the procedure?

Not many: The american academy of orthopaedic surgeons lists infection, blood clots in the leg and complications from anesthesia as potential complications of arthroscopic surgery. According to "synovial plicae around the knee, " resection of the plica can result in bleeding into the joint, and reformation of a scarred plica when removal of the plica is incomplete. ...Read more

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Can plica of the knee come back?

Can plica of the knee come back?

Possible: But generally if its excised then its gone for the most part. Speak with your orthopedic surgeon to get more clarity. ...Read more

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Bilateral plica removal and knee cleanup 4 days ago. Can walk with a limp but unstable. Should I use the crutches at a crowded event tomorrow?

Bilateral plica removal and knee cleanup 4 days ago. Can walk with a limp but unstable. Should I use the crutches at a crowded event tomorrow?

Crutches for safety!: Until you can do a strong straight leg raise, signifying reasonable quadriceps strength and control, you would be safer and at less risk for injury from a fall if you used crutches in a crowded event in the coming days ...Read more

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I already went to see a second opinion for not being able to straighten my knee. I was told that I have arthrofibrosis what exactly is that. Plica?

I already went to see a second opinion for not being able to straighten my knee. I was told that I have arthrofibrosis what exactly is that. Plica?

Scar tissue: Arthro means joint and fibrosis is basically scar tissue or thickening of collagen. Arthrofibrosis is basically when the scar tissue bands, scar tissue, or thickened collagen surround the joint keeping it from moving. If stretching doesn't work, surgery to release and debride scar tissue can be attempted. Unfortunately, it can sometimes reccur. ...Read more

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I just had plica (knee surgery) about two months ago. Is it possible for the plica to grow back?

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I just had plica (knee surgery) about two months ago. Is it possible for the plica to grow back?

No: Plicas only very rarely cause knee pain. When we do surgery to remove the plicas, they don't return. There can sometimes be a small amount of scar folds that develop in its place but they generally don't cause pain. If you have a return of pain, the plica was unlikely to be the cause of the original pain. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Does plica ever grow back in the knee? What is the recovery time of having plica removed and having a chondroplasty done?

Does plica ever grow back in the knee? What is the recovery time of having plica removed and having a chondroplasty done?

No: I do not think the plica will grow back, the second part of question have to do recovery from chondroplasty depend on the amount and how sever chodroplasty is it could take about 3 month. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my left knee? I had surgery for plica and the pain is still there after almost a year. Can plica grow back?

What is wrong with my left knee? I had surgery for plica and the pain is still there after almost a year. Can plica grow back?

Plica: Yes! If the factors causing the irritation on synovial mbrne continue, it can recur. A good chiropractor might have some answers to your persistent problem. ...Read more

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Can a problem with your plica band heal on it's own or will I need surgery. It has already been a few months and my knee still hurts while driving.

Can a problem with your plica band heal on it's own or will I need surgery. It has already been a few months and my knee still hurts while driving.

Do physical therapy.: An article discussed this. 3/4 of patitns precover with phsycial theapy. Surgery is rare. One needs:
1) instruction of appropriate knee exercise/sports ;
2) a 3 month stretching program for the muscles;
3) providing guidance for knee extension exercises, especially "physical terminal" knee extension exercises, for strengthening. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with bilat. PFPS, and ended up having both plica removed. Would I still have PFPS or w/o the plica am I "cured"? Am I prone to knee injury?

Diagnosed with bilat. PFPS, and ended up having both plica removed. Would I still have PFPS or w/o the plica am I "cured"? Am I prone to knee injury?

I call it pstello-: -femoral stress syndrome (PFSS).Same. U have poor alignment & plica removal does nothing 2 correct alignment. If it is a persistent problem, C a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. There R some surgical procedures that improve it. Some R soft tissue & some involving bone or some need both @ the same time.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Can my knee get worse if I don't have plica/scar tissue removed?

Can my knee get worse if I don't have plica/scar tissue removed?

Not necessarily: Plica is a normal structure
if injured or inflamed it may cause damage to the articular cartilage. Conservative rx is usually all it takes
surgery is effective if needed. ...Read more

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What can I do to get better from my knee the MRI says I have a thickened suprapatellar plica?

What can I do to get better from my knee the MRI says I have a thickened suprapatellar plica?

C knee specialist: If u r having trouble on the inner side of the knee an exam by an orthopedic surgeon along with him looking @ the mr is the way 2 go. ...Read more