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My sister had arthoscopic knee surgery one week ago. What should the expectation be for recovery and physical therapy?

My sister had arthoscopic knee surgery one week ago. What should the expectation be for recovery and physical therapy?

Quite variable: This will depend upon what type of surgery you had. Simple procedures such as a partial meniscectomy may require no therapy at all, whereas surgery to reconstruct a ligament injury may involve many weeks of formal therapy and months of strengthening and recovery. ...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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I had knee surgery in 2003 n didn't do physical therapy and I'm a runner my leg is still a lot weaker than my left? Can I make it as strong as my left

I had knee surgery in 2003 n didn't do physical therapy and I'm a runner my leg is still a lot weaker than my left? Can I make it as strong as my left

Possibly: It all depends on what kind of knee surgery you had back then. Was the cartilage injured, was there a meniscal tear, etc. If it is just a strength issue then yes you can rehab. ...Read more

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Why do I need physical therapy before my knee surgery?

Why do I need physical therapy before my knee surgery?

Strengthening: You want to have as much muscle mass and strength prior to surger as possible. You also want as much joint mobility as possible. Thise will put you ahead after the surgery and the rebuilding of the knee function. ...Read more

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How long after ACL knee surgery do I need physical therapy?

How long after ACL knee surgery do I need physical therapy?

About 3 months: Most patients require around 3 months of therapy to recover from this surgery. The first month is focused on regaining range of motion and gait training, followed by a program of hamstring and quadriceps strengthening. By 3 months, most patients can do a home program to continue to strengthen their knees or more sport specific rehabiliation. ...Read more

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Is it ok not to seek physical therapy after knee surgery?

Is it ok not to seek physical therapy after knee surgery?

Physical therapy-Yes: Physical therapy is routinely recommended for most patients after undergoing knee surgery from arthroscopy to knee replacement. Trained and licensed physical therapists can help guide the rehabilitation process based upon guidance from your surgeon. ...Read more

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Will I need physical therapy after arthroscopy? I am having arthroscopy on my knee. Will I need physical therapy afterwards? .

Will I need physical therapy after arthroscopy? I am having arthroscopy on my knee. Will I need physical therapy afterwards? .

Yes: Physical therapy is the best way to speed up your recovery after arthroscopy. The muscles around the knee are very prone to weakening because of the problem one has requiring surgery as well as due to the surgery itself. ...Read more

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Will I need physical therapy after arthroscopy? I am having arthroscopy on my knee. Will I need physical therapy afterwards? .

Will I need physical therapy after arthroscopy? I am having arthroscopy on my knee. Will I need physical therapy afterwards? .

Depend upon: All depend upon why the arthrocopy was done for. Usually arthroscopy for a plain patrial menisectomy require only home pt specially if you have a good quad, however on more complicated surgeries that require to be non weight bearing for a while that leads to quad atrophy the answer is yes. ...Read more

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How can I use physical therapy to recover from a knee arthroscopy?

How can I use physical therapy to recover from a knee arthroscopy?

Gain motion/strength: The goal of physical therapy after knee arthroscopy is to help you obtain maximal functional recovery of motion and strength in a safe an efficient manner. ...Read more

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Mild shortness of breath. No chest pain or leg pain/swelling. Arthroscopic knee surgery past. Monday, aspirin therapy since. Healthy 34 yo female.?

Mild shortness of breath. No chest pain or leg pain/swelling. Arthroscopic knee surgery past. Monday, aspirin therapy since. Healthy 34 yo female.?

Be seen: I would sure be seen, especially if you have not had problems with shortness of breath before. It could be as simple as a little fluid overload from the fluids you got in surgery, but a pulmonary embolus from a blood clot is potentially life threatening and has been reported after elective knee surgeries. Let your surgeon know. ...Read more

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I play football. What can I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

I play football. What can I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Physical therapy ++: You'll certainly need to build up the muscles that attach to the knee (quads, hamstrings, calf muscles etc), and do a lot of specified therapy by a well trained sports physical therapist. But when, or if, you should go back to playing football will be related to what type of football, what level of play, what procedure u had, how well u recovered: in other words, what the 'orthopod' says. ...Read more

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Lower leg stiffness persisting several months after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Lower leg stiffness persisting several months after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Baker's cyst: It may be or may not be related to the arthroscopic surgery. I would consider a baker's cyst with fluid leaking down from the knee as a possibility. Would also consider other vascular, neurologic, bone or joint consideration. If the reason for the arthroscopy was in the arthritis maybe there's arthritis in the ankle midfoot or hind foot. ...Read more

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What causes the stiffness and discomfort after arthroscopic knee surgery is done for repairing a torn meniscus?

What causes the stiffness and discomfort after arthroscopic knee surgery is done for repairing a torn meniscus?

Trauma: To muscles, tendons, joint, meniscus and bony surfaces!

the tissues are stretched, cauterized, and bruised. ...Read more

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Feeling pain in my thigh muscle when pressing it or at sitting position. Is it normal after arthroscopic knee surgery for removal of plica? It's day 6

Feeling pain in my thigh muscle when pressing it or at sitting position. Is it normal after arthroscopic knee surgery for removal of plica? It's day 6

Yes, fairly normal: This is most likely from edema related to the surgery. The edema and injury from the surgery to the area just below your quads can cause significant edema and actual short term structural changes leading to some discomfort. Give it about two weeks and discuss with your ortho if it does not improve. Hope that helps! ...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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How long do it take for the scar tissue to breakup and dissolve. After arthroscopic knee surgery on the minicus?

How long do it take for the scar tissue to breakup and dissolve. After arthroscopic knee surgery on the minicus?

A long time: Some people lay down more scar tissue than others. This can lead to stiffness and slower recovery. "breaking up" scar tissue is trying to stretch it out so it doesn't impede progress. This can take months and may not be complete. ...Read more

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What's the quickest way to recover after arthroscopic knee surgery?

What's the quickest way to recover after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Physical therapy: Follow the instruction of your surgeon and those given to your therapist. The surgeon has actually seen the insides of your knee and what is wrong and what was fixed or not fixxed as well as your prognosis. In addition what you can and cannot do and when to progress. ...Read more

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How long does it take to walk after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Right away: You can walk the day of surgery.
Most people will feel good the first day from the local anesthetic and medicine injected at the time of surgery. The medicines wear off by day two and three. You can still walk but it becomes more sore. By day 3-4 the worst swelling occurs and this is the worst days for some. Usually swelling decreases after this and walking gets better each day after. Keep icing! ...Read more

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How long before I can return to work after arthroscopic knee surgery to repair my meniscus?

How long before I can return to work after arthroscopic knee surgery to repair my meniscus?

Depends.: Depending on what you do and what was done, your return to work can range from a week to 6 weeks. If the meniscus is resected and not repaired, there are typically no significant activity restrictions post-op. However, if the meniscus was repaired, typically this requires some bracing, protected weightbearing, and that may restrict on what you need to do to work. ...Read more

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What should I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

What should I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Quick Recovery: A sore and swollen knee for a couple days. Use crutches as needed for the first couple of days. Use ice readily over the first few days, and start early full range of motion early to reduce swelling and prevent stiffness. Minimize standing and walking until swelling and pain resolve. If swelling gone and range of motion normal, normal activities are allowed usually at 4 weeks post-op. ...Read more

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Is it possible to go back to work the same day after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Is it possible to go back to work the same day after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Possible, but.....: Is it possible that one is an investment banker and drive from li to nyc directly from the surgical suite after taking oxycodone, weave in and out of cars (no traffic at 2pm), avoid getting pulled over by cops, almost causing an accident/ /multiple injuries/fatalities on the way, in order to get to that meeting because one feels that it's crucial to be at the meeting to close a $1b deal? Sure. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will I be on crutches after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Can someone tell me how long will I be on crutches after arthroscopic knee surgery?

2-3 days: From personal experience probably 2-3 days for an uncomplicated meniscal tear. For a more complicated repair, it depends on the extent on the problem. ...Read more

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How long does arthroscopic knee surgery last?

It Varies: If you have a meniscus tear only, once you trim the tear, you many not ever have any future problems. Due to the loss of a portion of your shock absorber, however, you may develop secondary arthritis in the future which means the cartilage on the ends of the bones can start to wear down. This may take years or decades to happen if it happens at all. ...Read more

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My mom is undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery next week. What happens in that kind of surgery?

My mom is undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery next week. What happens in that kind of surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery: Two or three small incisions are made. A small fiber optic camera is inserted in the knee with small instruments. The damage in the knee is then corrected. The surgery is usually under one hour. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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


Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more