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Pain after a meniscectomy?

Pain after a meniscectomy?

Not very common: Usually menisectomy it is not very painful, few things could possibly make painful to have infection after that or the surgeon found other problems in the joint at the time of the surgery. ...Read more

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What is a medial meniscectomy?

What is a medial meniscectomy?

Cartilage removal: The knee has 2 cushioning cartilages called menisci . They are shaped like a waxing or waning moon. With injury the meniscus can become torn. Most tears of the meniscus do not heal and some require partial removal through arthroscopic surgery. ...Read more

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What is a partial meniscectomy?

What is a partial meniscectomy?

Removal of cartilage: When people tear cartilage in the knee joint, it's usually a meniscus teat. This semi-circular cartilage rings the periphery of the knee joint and helps cushion impact . The meniscus is avascular, except at the edges furthest away from the joint. The meniscus often tears in this low blood supply area and in not repairable. The torn part is excised arthroscopically, leaving the remainder intact. ...Read more

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What can go wrong with a meniscectomy?

What can go wrong with a meniscectomy?

Not much: Menisectomy these days is very simple surgery, have few complications if it is done the right hands. The possible complication is infection (less than 1%) we usually give antibiotic before it. ...Read more

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Why only two holes for my meniscectomy?

Why only two holes for my meniscectomy?

Meniscectomy: Meniscectomy requires one incision for the camera to visualize the damaged tissue, and another to insert instruments to trim the damage tissue out of the knee. ...Read more

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Exercises to recover from meniscectomy?

Exercises to recover from meniscectomy?

Quad Strengthening: Typically, a meniscectomy should not cause too much trauma to the knee and patients recover quite easily. However, the procedure can inhibit the quad muscles from functioning normally for a short time after surgery. Exercises to retrain the quad muscles can help. These exercises include straight leg raises, exercise bicycle, and gentle stairclimbing. Forcing yourself not to limp will also help. ...Read more

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What is invovled with full meniscectomy?

What is invovled with  full meniscectomy?

Rarely done now: The function of the meniscus was poorly understood and prior to arthroscopy, treatment options were limited. Rarely is the entire meniscus removed. Typically, only the torn portion of the meniscus is removed arthroscopically. With very large tears involving the more vascular edges of the meniscus, arthroscopic repair may be attempted. Complete removal of the meniscus will lead to arthritis. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery from meniscectomy?

How long is the recovery from meniscectomy?

Knee recovery: Recovery from meniscectomy can be variable; this may depend on your bmi, associated arthritic findings and response to physical therapy. ...Read more

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What exercises are good to recover from a meniscectomy?

What exercises are good to recover from a meniscectomy?

Knee pain: 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. Generally speaking quadriceps and hamstring strengthening exercises such as stationary bike are food starters. ...Read more

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What are some exercises to recover from a meniscectomy?

What are some exercises to recover from a meniscectomy?

Rom/ strengthen: You can work on motion and quad strengthening right away. Exercise bike can be done early post-op and is good for regaining motion and quad strength.Isometric quads work w/ straight leg raises are an excellent means to work quads without irritating your kneecap, and can be done w/ light ankle wts.Walking is great but should begin slowly after rom and quads tone has returned . Best of luck! ...Read more