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Pain around incisions after knee arthroscopy?

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

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Arthroscopy (Definition)

Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...Read more


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Swollen incision sites 3 weeks after knee arthroscopy?

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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How do I know when will the incision marks from arthroscopic knee surgery heal (disappear)?

How do I know when will the incision marks from arthroscopic knee surgery heal (disappear)?

Never completely: There will always be a scar. It takes 3-6mo for the scar to mature and become white and non inflamed (not red). If you go out in the sun wear sunblock (not sreen). The sun will tan and set the scar dark. ...Read more

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1in incision on the right side of my knee from hardware removal oct 18, feels like a hard lump underneath. No other signs of infxn. Is this normal?

1in incision on the right side of my knee from hardware removal oct 18, feels like a hard lump underneath. No other signs of infxn. Is this normal?

Discuss with MD: It could be the hardware that was left or a callus of bone resulting from the hardware. If it is bothering you cosmetically or physically, should be reviewed with the orthopedic surgeon that did the procedure. ...Read more

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Had stitches removed from orthoscopic knee sx 5 days ago. Hard tender lump growing under 1 incision site. Not red or hot.?

Had stitches removed from orthoscopic knee sx 5 days ago. Hard tender lump growing under 1 incision site. Not red or hot.?

Contact doctor: It would be prudent to contact your doctor and the lesion may need to be examined to determine if an intervention is needed. ...Read more

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My knee is swollen with two protruding lumps where the incisions were infected. Now my calf is tight & sore. Why is this happening?

My knee is swollen with two protruding lumps where the incisions were infected. Now my calf is tight & sore. Why is this happening?

Evaluation: Hi, this situation calls for an evaluation, also possible blood tests and X-rays. Please go to ER for evaluation. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal to develop bruising around inscision sights 2 weeks after knee arthroscopy?

Is it normal to develop bruising around inscision sights 2 weeks after knee arthroscopy?

Possible: You might have been taking some medication for pain relief such as Advil, motrin, or Naprosyn (naproxen).they can all cause bruising. ...Read more

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8 days after shoulder arthroscopy, hard lump next to main incision, tender to touch, burning pain even without touch. Normal? What is it? Should I worry?

8 days after shoulder arthroscopy, hard lump next to main incision, tender to touch, burning pain even without touch. Normal? What is it? Should I worry?

Suture abscess: This could be a suture dissolving or this could be a suture abscess (infected suture) the latter sounds more likely give the description, please call your orthopedist, inform them and ask for a follow up appointment. ...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 have multiple painful lumps behind my knee.

I have multiple painful lumps behind my knee.

Lymph nodes?: Painful bumps behind the knee could be lymph nodes, which generally appear in response to local inflammation or infection, below that knee for example, like in the shin, calf or foot. If there's no infection or inflammation evident, or if they've been there for more than two weeks, you need to see a local doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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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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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I have had 2 arthroscopic surgeries done on my left knee. Now whenever I bump it, the pain is excruciating. Does anyone know why?

I have had 2 arthroscopic surgeries done on my left knee. Now whenever I bump it, the pain is excruciating. Does anyone know why?

I will tell you: There is a superficial nerve come from inside the knee to outside the knee, sometime this nerve accidently cut during arthroscopy, when is cut (partial, or total cut) it form what we call neuroma at the site if you pump that area you will have what are describing. Rear but possible.
Check it out. ...Read more

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This morning I noticed a lump behind my right knee. Throughout the day it had gotten bigger, red and painful. Any ideas what it is?

This morning I noticed a lump behind my right knee. Throughout the day it had gotten bigger, red and painful. Any ideas what it is?

Many possibilities: A a physician could help sort through those with a history and physical. Baker's cyst, boil, insect bite, blood clot, swollen lymph node, phlebitis are some possibilities. Best to get a professional opinion. ...Read more

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6wks since arthroscopy removed large medial plica. Knee is catching under scar for split second and giving way-so painful. Why is this happening?

6wks since arthroscopy removed large medial plica. Knee is catching under scar for split second and giving way-so painful. Why is this happening?

Scar tissue: After your surgery, more scar tissue can form. I would recommend aggressive massage, heat and/or ice, topical ointments, and less activity for a little while. The giving way is a reflex to sudden pain in your knee. If these don't help your catching, injections or physical therapy may help. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my knee and it's very painful I've had it for years but the pain is getting worse it feels like a bone but it swells up bad any ideas?

See your doctor.: Physical exam, x-rays and possibly MRI will aid in finding out what's going on, and if surgical procedure is necessary. Pain getting worse is a sign to see a doctor about it. ...Read more

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What to do if I have painful lump on the back of my knee?

Get it checked: There are many possibilities for what this could be. Good idea to have it looked at. A common reason could be baker's cyst - these often don't cause symptoms but can burst and cause pain or get irritating. Joint swelling due to injury or bursitis can cause pain. Vascular issues at the back of the knee can also cause pain - ultrasound can be helpful in evaluating these. ...Read more

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Hard painful lump size of a softball above the knee cap? What is it?

See your doctor: Could be bursitis, fluid accumulation or infection, hard to say. Size is concerning, so see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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I have a lump about an inch from my knee cap on the inside of my knee that is painful.

I have a lump about an inch from my knee cap on the inside of my knee that is painful.

Varies: There are numerous possibilities. It could be an inflamed area near what is known as your tibial tubercle. I would not hesitate to be seen and evaluated for it. ...Read more

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I have a small pea sized lump in the crease of my knee at the back of my leg it is not painful to touch it doesn't move should I get this checked?

I have a small pea sized lump in the crease of my knee at the back of my leg it is not painful to touch it doesn't move should I get this checked?

You may: It is probably a Baker's cyst, An out-pouching of the lining of the joint. Consult this site for more info on this topic: https://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/bakers-cyst/symptoms-causes/syc-20369950
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Sensitive painful hard lump on my left leg just below my knee on the left side of my calf... Any ideas of what it could be?

Can be anything!: Hard painful lumps and bumps need to be evaluated by your PCP, or dermatologist for further evaluation. Depending if there's an additional red ring around it, or if it's nodular, or if it has any other associate findings will determine what it could be. So a physical examination needs to be done for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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I found a hard lump or mass in my inner thigh about 3 inches above my knee. It is tender but not painful to the touch. What could it be?

I found a hard lump or mass in my inner thigh about 3 inches above my knee. It is tender but not painful to the touch. What could it be?

Multiple: Many possibilities including both benign and more serious problems. List includes, but not limited to cysts, muscle herniation, benign & cancerous soft tissue tumors, benign & cancerous bone tumors. Please have this evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Weird hard lump on upper shin. Under knee. Painful to bend knee. Painful to straighten leg. Sudden appearance. No trauma to leg at all. Help?

Could be several: Things and all of them need xrays and proper physician examination and diagnosis. Scar tissue from previous trauma, lipoma, bone spur, and bone sarcomas/ tumors are all possibilities. Please get yourself to a physician to help diagnose and treat asap. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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What cause painful pinkish inner/dark red edges patch with a pea size lump underneath it? Located on the lower inner right thigh close to knee.

Shingles?: Without being able to look at it, I would hesitate to attempt a diagnosis. That being said, if it is painful, and has a "blister" look about it, it could be shingles, which can be treated. Get it looked at soon as getting on the antivirals for it sooner would give a better outcome. If, of course, it is shingles. ...Read more

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Arthroscopic knee symptoms to remove 2 loose bodies w/ minor chondroplasty. Weight-bearing postop & 50cc blood removed bc of swelling, but painful now. Why?

See below: It is not unusual to have pain after this type of procedure. Progressively it should be getting better. You're weight-bearing orders are as instructed by your orthopedic surgeon who at the time did your operation in particular your chondroplasty will give you those weight-bearing instructions. Physical therapy as an outpatient basis to improve strength flexibility and range of motion while you're limiting your weight-bearing is recommended. Follow up and follow your orthopedic surgeons treatment guidelines good luck thank you. ...Read more

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Successfully ruled out DVT but I still have painful lump on the calf behind knee. What could it be?

Successfully ruled out DVT but I still have painful lump on the calf behind knee. What could it be?

Knee lump: Likely a bakers cyst. A collection of joint fluid. Should go away by itself. Can be seen on sono. ...Read more

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Three days ago I had hip arthroscopy. Is it normal for my leg to be swollen and painful especially around the knee?

It can be: It is not uncommon to have ankle, leg and thigh swelling after a hip arthroscopy for a week or two. However, you should ask your surgeon about it and have them evaluate you in the office if your discussion on the phone still makes him concerned. Examination is always the best way to make a good clinical decision. ...Read more

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I have a very painful lump or knot under my left knee cap. What is this called? I'm having surgery next tuesday to get it removed.

I have a very painful lump or knot under my left knee cap. What is this called? I'm having surgery next tuesday to get it removed.

Ask your MD: Ask your orthopedic doctor what is being removed from beside your kneecap... Could be several things @ your age;? Lipoma, bipartite patella fragment, loose body, osteochondroma of distal femur, etc. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I had knee arthroscopy on Dec 6, 2016 to remove plica. Started walking soon and over stressed it in the 6th week. Now 10wks post op, always painful?

I had knee arthroscopy on Dec 6, 2016 to remove plica. Started walking soon and over stressed it in the 6th week. Now 10wks post op, always painful?

See your doc: The simple answer is to follow up with your surgeon to explore additional diagnostic & treatment options. Ask whether there are other sources of pain other than the plica. What about articular cartilage near where the plica was excised. Also, inquire about a meniscal tear, patellar instability, tendinitis, scar tissue, etc. If I can help, then join my care team at healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Two weeks ago I felt pain below left knee and saw an unexplained bruise later. No injury. Bruise has faded a lot but painful lump still there. Ideas?

Two weeks ago I felt pain below left knee and saw an unexplained bruise later. No injury. Bruise has faded a lot but painful lump still there. Ideas?

Check it out: It is not unusual to bump yourself and not remember or notice until you see a bruise or feel pain. I have had this experience from exercise, or even house cleaning if I am not paying attention. Since the bruise has faded, you. Ignt give it a bit more time to watch for improvement. Try to recall when it happened. If it is still bothering you or gets worse again, go see your PCP. ...Read more

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I hit my right leg hard 3 weeks ago. I now have a large lump below and to the left of my right knee (front). Painful, red, no heat. I have no insuranc?

I hit my right leg hard 3 weeks ago. I now have a large lump below and to the left of my right knee (front). Painful, red, no heat. I have no insuranc?

Likely a hematoma: From what you describe, it sounds like a hematoma, or blood collection. It also may be other things. Seeing a doctor in person would be the way to go, really. ...Read more

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I have a lump the size of a marble on the inside of my knee, it is very painful when touched.

I have a lump the size of a marble on the inside of my knee, it is very painful when touched.

Baker's Cyst: Pain behind the knee with fullness and pain suggest a possible baker's cyst. A baker's cyst is a natural outpouching of the knee joint that can get full of knee joint fluid and can make it difficult to move the knee. This should however be evaluated by an orthopedic specialist for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a hard lump behind my knee that comes and goes it causes a big bulge at the back it can be painful when walking and feels tight what is it?

I have a hard lump behind my knee that comes and goes it causes a big bulge at the back it can be painful when walking and feels tight what is it?

Cyst?: That is a common area for a fluid filled cyst to occur - usually in one of the the tendons of the posterior knee... Also known as a baker cyst. Should be looked at by md and evaluated -. ...Read more

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Why does my 13 year old cousin have a lump 2 inches below the knee. She plays a lot of sports and she says that it hurts when she bumps it. Painful?

Osgood-Schlotter's: Without actually examining your cousin it is difficult to say but it sounds as if she has osgood-schlotter's disease--an inflammation of the tibial tubercle due to overuse/extensive exercise. She needs to lower her level of activity, ice the area several times daily, stretch her quads and hamstrings. Taking an anti-inflammatory medication for flare-ups also helps. If not helpful, see her doctor. ...Read more

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