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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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Plica (Definition)

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


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What is the treatment and prognosis for a knee plica in a 10 YO? Likelihood for full recovery and ability to run again without surgery? In PT now.

What is the treatment and prognosis for a knee plica in a 10 YO? Likelihood for full recovery and ability to run again without surgery? In PT now.

Varies: It varies a lot. Some patients may have a plica and do fine, not even knowing they have it. Others have persistent pain, swelling, and popping in the knee and ultimately have surgery. Meds, PT, ice, and possibly injection therapy are the typical nonoperative treatments to varying degrees of success. ...Read more

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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

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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 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 does a patient go through during a plica surgery?

What does a patient go through during a plica surgery?

Knee scope: A knee "plica" refers to a band of fibrous tissue in the knee joint. Plica are normally found in the knee and are usually asymptomatic. Occasionally, a plica may become thicken and therefore cause knee pain. If this occurs, the plica can be removed with a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery. Talk to your orthopaedic surgeon to see if surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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Had cortisone for medial plica 1.5 weeks ago. Still painful. Should next step really be surgery? Not reading good things about the outcome.

Had cortisone for medial plica 1.5 weeks ago. Still painful. Should next step really be surgery? Not reading good things about the outcome.

If not willing to-: Accept the risks, you need do nothing, but your symptoms will not get better. Repeated steroid injections will cause damage to the joint surfaces. It's a great drug, but a double edged sword, beware! ...Read more

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Is a displaced menicus root normal? I had surgery for plica and a chondroplasty but not for a menicus.

Is a displaced menicus root normal? I had surgery for plica and a chondroplasty but not for a menicus.

Not normal, but dep.: A displaced/fractured meniscus is not normal, but treatment or not really depends on you. If you are not experiencing pain or functional problem, you don't need correction. If pain or limitting function, then u need to explore your options--medication, physical therapy/rehab, and/or surgery...
Consult doc/ortho if you have concerns.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens during arthroscopic knee surgery for plica?

What happens during arthroscopic knee surgery for plica?

Arthorscopic surgery: In arthroscopic surgery the surgeon looks 360 degrees around the entire knee. If the patient has a plica the surgeon would incise it with an instrument. That being said I would anticipate that the plica is a secondary diagnosis and not the prime reason for the surgery. ...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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What is wrong with my left knee? I had surgery for plica and the pain is still there after almost a year. Can plica grow back?

What is wrong with my left knee? I had surgery for plica and the pain is still there after almost a year. Can plica grow back?

Plica: Yes! If the factors causing the irritation on synovial mbrne continue, it can recur. A good chiropractor might have some answers to your persistent problem. ...Read more

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I had surgery for plica removal and chondroplasty. Still have pain 5 months later I had a new MRI that shows displacement how can that be. Menical?

I had surgery for plica removal and chondroplasty. Still have pain 5 months later I had a new MRI that shows displacement how can that be. Menical?

Quadriceps weakness: It is very important to strenthen your quad muscle especially when you have surgery as a weak muscle will allow some patellar subluxation and also effusion. The cartlage that forms after a chondroplasty is not normal cartlage but more of a scar and this also can cause persistent pain. ...Read more

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Can a problem with your plica band heal on it's own or will I need surgery. It has already been a few months and my knee still hurts while driving.

Can a problem with your plica band heal on it's own or will I need surgery. It has already been a few months and my knee still hurts while driving.

Do physical therapy.: An article discussed this. 3/4 of patitns precover with phsycial theapy. Surgery is rare. One needs:
1) instruction of appropriate knee exercise/sports ;
2) a 3 month stretching program for the muscles;
3) providing guidance for knee extension exercises, especially "physical terminal" knee extension exercises, for strengthening. ...Read more

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Should I get plica surgery? MRI shows nothing wrong other than a plica. Hurts when walking & doing PT exercises. Deep bending is necessary (I dance)

Should I get plica surgery? MRI shows nothing wrong other than a plica. Hurts when walking & doing PT exercises. Deep bending is necessary (I dance)

Talk to Orthopedics: 1st, make sure that the plica is the cause of your pain. Only a good Orthopedic specialist (preferably a knee surgery specialist) should do an exam & go over your symptoms to make the diagnosis. 2nd, nonsurgical treatment like Naproxen or Cortisone injections can be tried. Surgery should be reserved as a final option if diagnosis confirmed & nothing else works. Talk to your doctor for referral. GL ...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

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What causes a medial meniscus to be displaced? I had plica removed medial. Could that be the cause. This was seen on a MRI 4 months after surgery

What causes a medial meniscus to be displaced? I had plica removed medial. Could that be the cause. This was seen on a MRI 4 months after surgery

The meniscus can: Be displaced if it is torn. A plica has nothing to do with the meniscus. A displaced meniscus or tear can be quite painful as it slips in and out of the knee joint with flexion and extension. You will also feel catching, locking and giving out. Your knee can also have an effusion or swelling. ...Read more