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Is arthroscopic knee surgery painful?

Is arthroscopic knee surgery painful?

Not particularly. : Most arthroscopic knee surgery is not too painful and can be controlled with mild narcotics, anti-inflammatories, ice and rest. Arthroscopic acl and PCL reconstructions are more painful but still routinely done as outpatient surgery. ...Read more

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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone(femur), the upper end of the shin bone(tibia) and the undersurface ...Read more


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Titanium knee joint replacement possible?

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Titanium knee joint replacement possible?

Yes: Most knee replacements are made of cobalt alloys because they are harder. The titanium is generally too soft to work as a knee surface. There is, however, one total knee replacement made of titanium where they have hardened the end of the titanium (making it a ceramic compound). ...Read more

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Knee hematoma after knee surgery?

Knee hematoma after knee surgery?

Can be normal?: You haven't really given much information here. Minor hematomas can be normal and managed with heat, compression and observation. Larger ones may need draining. I strongly recommend you se your surgeon sooner rather than later to avoid unwanted complications! ...Read more

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What is involved in knee manipulation after total knee replacement surgery?

What is involved in  knee manipulation after total knee replacement surgery?

Forceful bending: A total knee replacement that has not regained adequate knee flexion after surgery can by treated with a manipulation under anesthesia. This procedure involves the manual disruption of fibrous scar tissue that can sometimes develop within the knee joint. Dedicated range of motion exercises, with a physical therapist and done independently, are critical to the success of this procedure. ...Read more

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Pain around incisions after knee arthroscopy?

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Pain around incisions after knee arthroscopy?

A number of reasons: The typical incision sites for knee arthroscopy lies over a number of structures that can be the source of pain after arthroscopy. 1) the skin itself, 2) superficial nerves crossing the incision that were cut, 3) the meniscus underlying the incision, 4) the cartilage that is directly deep to the incision. Any of these can be the source of pain. ...Read more

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Is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery imporant?

Is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery  imporant?

Very important: Therapy is important after knee replacement in order to regain all of your range of motion and in order to work on strengthening the knee so that you can have a normal gait (walk normally without a limp.). ...Read more

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Swollen incision sites 3 weeks after knee arthroscopy?

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Swollen incision sites 3 weeks after knee arthroscopy?

Probably: As long as it is steadily improving ...less red, less swollen, no drainage, etc. it is probably normal. ...Read more

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What is hip replacement revision?

What is hip  replacement revision?

See details: The initial artificial hip or a component of the hip is replaced by a new hip or component. ...Read more

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Why knee is warm after total knee replasment.

Why knee is warm after total knee replasment.

Incresed blood flow: After an injury or surgery, there is increased blood flow to the injured area. Due to small blood vessel damage, there is also some swelling in the area. This leads to increased warmth in the knee. This can last for several months as the soft tissues continue to heal around the knee. ...Read more

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Knee popping and locking after knee surgery?

Knee popping and locking after knee surgery?

See ur surgeon: There can be several reasons for your symptoms depending on your diagnosis which led to your surgery, other possible knee problems not addressed by surgery, and the type of surgery you had, along with post-op duration and course. See your surgeon to re-evaluate your knee. ...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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Can arthroscopic knee surgery correct fracture of femoral condyle?

Can arthroscopic knee surgery correct fracture of femoral condyle?

Can assist: Certain fracture patterns of the femoral condyle can be assisted by using arthroscopy. It can judge whether out not the fracture is significantly displaced or if there is an associate cartilage damage. Some fractures can be percutaneusly resuced and screws place tohold the fragments in place and not require an open procedure. ...Read more

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Is knee rehab enough without knee surgery for bad knee cartilage?

Is knee rehab enough without knee surgery for bad knee cartilage?

Depends: It depends on whether you are referring to articular or meniscal cartilage (there are two types within the knee). Many factors influence a recommendation on this question. Your age and degree of arthritis would need to be considered. ...Read more

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Will medicare cover a knee joint replacement surgury?

Will medicare cover a  knee joint replacement surgury?

Yes.: If deemed medically necessary, yes. Joint replacement surgewry is almost always considered elective. ...Read more

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Advanced articular cartilage loss in medial compartment of tibio-femoral and patella-femoral joints. Would partial (unicondylar) knee replacement work?

Advanced articular cartilage loss in medial compartment of tibio-femoral and patella-femoral joints. Would partial (unicondylar) knee replacement work?

Maybe: This decision is best made by your own orthopedist who has direct access to your x rays. A second opinion never hurts. In someone so young, if you can get away with something short of a total joint replacement, it is always preferable to do so. ...Read more

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What would cause knee locking up after total knee replacement?

What would cause knee locking up after total knee replacement?

Knee locking: You should have this discussion with your surgeon. If he does not give you a satisfactory answer and solution, it is okay to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Joint infection after total hip replacement surgery commone or negligent?

Uncommon: Infection after tha is a known complication that occurs in 0.1-2% of hip replacement procedures. Factors that can affect this incidence include patient conditions such as obesity, diabetes, or immune system diseases, as well as the length of surgery time, wound closure methods, and experience of the surgeon. Some hospitals and surgeons have higher rates of infection. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a surgical glue allergy? I had knee replacement surgery and the incision started to weep clear yellowish.

Common: The incisions weep clear fluid on occasion. This does not imply an allergy. Sometimes we still see it several days later when the person is already at the rehabilitation unit. The discharge should be decreasing with time. If it does not or redness, warmth or fever develops contact your surgeon immediately. ...Read more

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Had total knee replacement in December still very painful and have small knots down incision is that normal can't get answer from doctor ?

Had total knee replacement in December still very painful and have small knots down incision is that normal can't get answer from doctor ?

Varies: The recovery from knee replacement varies somewhat from patient to patient and surgeon to surgeon. If you are slowly but surely getting better, than it is likely you will continue to improve. If you are not getting better or are even getting worse, then you need to sit down with your surgeon to discuss this further or seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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I am having knee replacement in april, 2013. I can't take opium pain medication. What else can I take to relieve the pain? Thanks, dee

Many Choices: It would be very wise to meet with a pain specialist prior to your surgery to set yourself up for success. Alternative investigation too may help: meditation, acupuncture, massage. Possible meds include pain blocker Gabapentin (neurontin) anti inflammatory such as meloxicam, naprosyn, (naproxen) etc opiate alternative tramadol (warning; addictive too) seek specialty advice. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had a knee replacement and now my knee dosent ben t?

What do you advise if i had a knee replacement and now my knee dosent ben t?

See Ortho doc: you may need exercises to range your knee, however if there is something wrong with your replacement the orthopedic doc may need to further evaluate you. ...Read more

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On june 10 th I have knee replacement. My knee doesn't respond as well as i expect. It doesn't flex enough. I will have knee manipulation. What is this?

On june 10 th I have knee replacement. My knee doesn't respond as well as i expect. It doesn't flex enough. I will have knee manipulation. What is this?

Post surgical knee: Scar tissue that forms following surgery may prevent full range of motion. If physical therapy cannot resolve this, manual manipulation is performed to break the scar tissue ...Read more

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Symptoms of a loosened knee replacement?

Symptoms of a loosened knee replacement?

Pain and swelling: Implant loosening causes pain, especially with weight bearing. The knee generally will make more lubricating fluid as well, causing swelling. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from a knee replacement?

Is it possible to die from a knee replacement?

Mortality TKR: This is certainly a complication of any surgery. It will be necessary to get medical clearance by your primary doctor and/or pulmonologist or cardiologist if you have any lung or heart conditions prior to the surgery. Mortality from total knee surgery is exceedingly low. You will be placed on a blood thinner after surgery to prevent blood clots. ...Read more

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What to if I am having a knee replacement soon and i was just wondering what to expect?

What to if I am having a knee replacement soon and i was just wondering what to expect?

3-6 month recovery: This surgery can improve your function and pain level but takes a while to recover. The hospital stay is usually 2-3 days, followed by 4-6 weeks of therapy to regain the knee motion and strength. Post operative pain can be managed with pain medication. Sleeping may be interupted at night for 6 or more weeks due to knee discomfort. Energy level after surgery takes 2-3 months to return. ...Read more

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How useful is a total knee replacement?

How useful is a total knee replacement?

VERY, if indicated: Total knee replacement (tkr) is a real success stories of modern medicine. When indicated, a tkr can be a overall health game changer. Tkr recipients usually regain levels of activity that became otherwise impossible or intolerable (walking, biking, stair climbing). Aerobic exercise in turn provides excellent support for overall cardiopulmonary health. Discuss tkr with your orthpaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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When is a total knee replacement needed?

When is a total knee replacement needed?

Total knee needed: The most concise answer is when arthritic knee pain is not relieved any longer by nsaids, therapy, cortisone injections, hylauronic acid injections, knee braces, ice, nutritional supplements or arthroscopy and x-rays show advanced arthritis and cartilage loss or spurs. When function is impaired and activity declines from pain. Or, when start subtracting things you enjoy from your life due to pain. ...Read more

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Why do people get total knee replacement?

Why do people get total knee replacement?

Total knee: The first reason is for pain relief. Other reasons are to increase mobility or to improve a deformity of the bone. ...Read more

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How serious is a knee replacement surgery?

Moderate: General or spinal amethesia 200cc of blood loss risk of infx. And blood clots pulmonary embolis pain 2-5days hospital stay. ...Read more

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How difficult is a total knee replacement?

How difficult is a total knee replacement?

Depend : Difficulty of doing a knee replacement depends on the surgeon; anyone who does about a hundred replacements every year should have no problems doing a virgin replacement. ...Read more

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Why does my knee replacement keep popping?

Knee replacement: This is typically from the piece of the implant that allows for the smooth movement between the femur and tibial pieces. If this is painful or you have questions see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can i kick bx after knee replacement sugery?

Can i kick bx after knee replacement sugery?

You can but: I have patients that do but you increase the risk of injury with this type of activity. These higher level activities can cause ligament injury or loosening of the bone cement interfaces. ...Read more

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What to expect after total knee replacement?

What to expect after total knee replacement?

Post TKA: Surgical pain. Lots of physical therapy. Improved alignment. Use of motion machine. Start with walker and progress to cane and stairs. Lessening of pain. ...Read more

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What is involved in a partial knee replacement?

What is involved in a partial knee replacement?

Partial Knee: With partial knee replacement, only one of the three knee compartments is replaced (or resurfaced). I have a good comparison of issues with partial versus total knee replacement on my website at the following link: http://www.andrewpearle.com/robotic/robotic-knee-resurfacing.html ...Read more

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Can knees lock up after total knee replacement?

Yes, but not often: Knee replacements can feel like "seizing" or "locking up" on rare occasions and they are usually not due to the device. The most likely phenomena you are experiencing is either "crepitus" or "clunk" which is when scar tissue surrounding the front of the knee gets trapped within the device creating a sensation of locking up. When severe enough, it can be alleviated by removing that scar tissue. ...Read more

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How can I exercise with a total knee replacement?

With advise: You can exercise after knee replacement, and it is a good idea. The best exercise is that which avoids stress across the knee. Although you want to strengthen the muscles around the knee, you do not want to place undue stresses across the replaced knee. Your orthopedist and your physical therapist can best advise you. ...Read more

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Incision (Definition)

An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more