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Knee Plica Syndrome
Can medial plica syndrome cause instability or the knee to give way? Something like "pseudo giving way"?
Diagnosed with plica syndrome. Had physical therapy for 3 months...knee still hurts. Should I consider surgery?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is wrong when your knee last lances? The pain is so bad. I did have plica removed about 2 years ago. Please help
See details: No one can help over the internet. You need to see an orthopedist and have the knee reevaluated. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had both my plica bands removed in 2008. I was told they might grow back. I am having similar pain in my right knee again. Could it be another band?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does plica ever grow back in the knee? What is the recovery time of having plica removed and having a chondroplasty done?
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
Recently had knee surgery to clean up soft tissue as well as remove plica. Surgery was 3 weeks ago and now knee catching again. What should I do?
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
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
I had surgery for plica removal and I am having locking of the knee since that happen 1 year ago, I also has a chondroplasty done. How can that happen?
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