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What can one expect from plica surgery?

What can one expect from plica surgery?

Return to sport: Generally my patients get better quick and are working out by 3-4 weeks and sports by 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

Plica (Definition)

Infolding synovial tissue within a joint. It is a normal finding. It may on occasion get ...Read more


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How do I know if i need plica surgery again?

How do I know if i need plica surgery again?

Conservative: Usually it is treated conservatively at the beginning. Your surgeon will discuss with you all options. ...Read more

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What does a patient go through during a plica surgery?

What does a patient go through during a plica surgery?

Plica: Plica surgery involves excising a snapping and impinging fibrotic soft tissue band on the inside of the knee between the patella and femur. The surgery is performed arthroscopically and should have a relatively uncomplicated recovery. ...Read more

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What can I expect from plica removal surgery?

What can I expect from plica removal surgery?

Plica surgery: I have been scoping knees for 27 years and have probably done over 3000. I have yet to do one for a plica. I would not be overly optimistic that your knee is going to be better from only excision of a plica. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for plica excision surgery?

What is the recovery time for plica excision surgery?

Varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. ...Read more

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I just had plica (knee surgery) about two months ago. Is it possible for the plica to grow back?

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I just had plica (knee surgery) about two months ago. Is it possible for the plica to grow back?

No: Plicas only very rarely cause knee pain. When we do surgery to remove the plicas, they don't return. There can sometimes be a small amount of scar folds that develop in its place but they generally don't cause pain. If you have a return of pain, the plica was unlikely to be the cause of the original pain. Hope that helps! ...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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Is the thickening of plica reversible without surgery or does conservative treatment only serves to strengthen muscles to keep the plica from sliding?

Is the thickening of plica reversible without surgery or does conservative treatment only serves to strengthen muscles to keep the plica from sliding?

Discuss with MD: In those few patients who do not respond to a non-operative treatment program, an arthroscopic resection of their medial plica may be indicated. ...Read more