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Dr. Clarence Grim
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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more


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My husband had knee surgery 5 days ago. He has fluid under his knee cap. Tonight, the other leg/ankle is swelling badly. Should he be seen at ER?

My husband had knee surgery 5 days ago. He has fluid under his knee cap. Tonight, the other leg/ankle is swelling badly. Should he be seen at ER?

Maybe: No info about husband's age, medical problems, type of surgery, etc. The fluid under knee cap is probably not of concern UNLESS the skin over it has become red, hot, swollen, and very tender, or if fever.

The OTHER leg being swollen is more concerning. If he has any calf or leg tenderness on that side, please go to ER right away to make sure no blood clot. Good luck! ...Read more

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What causes numbness and tingling in the leg and foot after having arthroscopic knee surgery? I just had knee surgery May 12 a lot of swelling

What causes numbness and tingling in the leg and foot after having arthroscopic knee surgery? I just had knee surgery May 12 a lot of swelling

Varies: There are a number of potential causes. Among the more common are: related to the use of a tourniquet around the time of surgery, related to the peroneal nerve at the fibular head, or even a sciatica from the back among numerous other pisdibilities. I would make sure your surgeon is aware and follow their recommendations. ...Read more

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Lots of swellinf after a recent knee surgery. Is this swelling usual or a possible sign of infection?

Lots of swellinf after a recent knee surgery. Is this swelling usual or a possible sign of infection?

Yes and no: It depends on the reason for swelling.
1- infection means germs in the area causing the swelling and pain and redness and fever if you have those means you infection, if you do not
have those symptoms most likely swelling after the surgery. ...Read more

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Had arthroscopic knee surgery 2 mos ago but fell 2 days ago, and painful swelling, could I have reinjured it?

Had arthroscopic knee surgery 2 mos ago but fell 2 days ago, and painful swelling, could I have reinjured it?

Yes, but probably no: I tell all my patients how to protect their knees after surgery often with bracing and/or crutches. My guess is that most fall at some point in the early postoperative period. So you are in good company. It really spends on two things: what exact surgery was performed, and how bad was the fall? You should check with your surgeon to see how concerned he or she is. A quick check alleviates anxiety. ...Read more

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When will knee swelling go away after knee surgery?

When will knee swelling go away after knee surgery?

Once inflammation su: All trauma to the knee causes causes swelling and surgery is one type of trauma; sweeling usually goes down as the muscles around the knee regain tone and strength and as the infalmmationgoes down. ...Read more

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How do I know when will knee swelling go away after knee surgery 7months ago?

How do I know when will knee swelling go away after knee surgery 7months ago?

Not normal: Knee swelling this long after surgery is not normal even though you did not mention the exact nature of the surgery. Let the surgeon reevaluate your knee. ...Read more

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4onths ago I had knee surgery and still have swelling and tightness, burning why?

4onths ago I had knee surgery and still have swelling and tightness, burning why?

More details please: Knee surgery may mean either an arthroscopic procedure or knee replacement.
After four months an arthroscopic procedure should have been well healed and recovered.
For most individuals total knee replacement complete recovery takes 12-18 months some as short as 6 months depending on the amount of surgery.
Either way see your surgeon. ...Read more

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How long for swelling to go away from Plica knee surgery? . I have a month already and it hurts to walk.

How long for swelling to go away from Plica knee surgery? . I have a month already and it hurts to walk.

Different: You should have gradually improving swelling and pain over time. If the pain is persistent or worsening, then follow up with your surgeon. This could be completely normal for you, since everyone's different, but, as an example, postoperative infection is one potential problem after surgery. ...Read more

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How long does swelling take to go down after knee surgery?

How long does swelling take to go down after knee surgery?

Swelling: This depends on many factors including what was done during surgery, age, etc. Simple procedure such as isolated meniscus tears often have very little swelling that resolves in a matter of days. More significant surgeries including ligament reconstruction may take weeks to months to resolve swelling. The presence of arthritis also increases the recurrence of swelling. ...Read more

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How long will it take for the swelling to go down after a knee surgery?

How long will it take for the swelling to go down after a knee surgery?

Depends: Swelling from knee surgery is common and the length of time it takes to go down depends on how extensive the surgery was and what was repaired. Best to discuss with your orthopedic surgeon to give you the best answer for your specific condition. ...Read more

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Should the swelling be gone? I had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 2 weeks ago, and my knee is still swollen at times. Is that something I should be concerned about?

Should the swelling be gone? I had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 2 weeks ago, and my knee is still swollen at times. Is that something I should be concerned about?

It: It will usually take a few weeks for the swelling to subside. If you have some arthritis as well as a meniscus tear it can take longer for the fluid in your knee to be absorbed. At two weeks post-operation I would not be too worried about having an occasionally swollen knee. ...Read more

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7 days after knee surgery I have pitted edema in my left interior ankle. Bruising and swelling are normal from procedure. Should I consult my doctor?

7 days after knee surgery I have pitted edema in my left interior ankle. Bruising and swelling are normal from procedure. Should I consult my doctor?

Yes: And ask you should be heckled for a blood clot of the deep veins (DVT). I'm sure ypu'll be fone, but call today. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Leg Swelling (Definition)

Leg swelling could be due to infection, allergy, poor circulation/congestive heart failure or lymphadema. If you have leg swelling you ...Read more