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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

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 arthroscopic knee surgery 4 weeks ago tomorrow. I had scar tissue removed under knee cap. Now the knee cap shifted very slightly painful?

I had arthroscopic knee surgery 4 weeks ago tomorrow. I had scar tissue removed under knee cap. Now the knee cap shifted very slightly painful?

Varies: Multiple possibilities. Some scar tissue may have recurred and you may have stretched or tore it with what you are describing. I would certainly let your surgeon know. ...Read more

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What could be wrong I did a squat and felt a loud excruciating pain in my knee I just had arthroscopic knee surgery for scar tissue removal under knee?

What could be wrong I did a squat and felt a loud excruciating pain in my knee I just had arthroscopic knee surgery for scar tissue removal under knee?

See below: Could be related to post op fluid in knee or possibly re-injury. See your surgeon if you still have pain after one week. ...Read more

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How long does arthroscopic knee surgery take to heal? I had scar tissue removed and a ACL Lateral Meniscus trimmed? But I did a squat and popped pain

How long does arthroscopic knee surgery take to heal? I had scar tissue removed and a ACL Lateral Meniscus trimmed? But I did a squat and popped pain

Varies: It varies, arthroscopic knee surgery describes the approach used, but not the exact surgery done once inside the knee. Did you have a complete ACL tear? If a meniscal tear is trimmed, recovery usually about 2-4 weeks, if ACL reconstructed then 8-12 weeks, if ACL torn but not reconstructed, you may have persistent instability. Let your surgeon know about the incident you are describing. ...Read more

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What causes burning pain in the knee, lower leg after having arthroscopic knee surgery 1 week ago? Is this normal? Scar tissue removal under patella?

What causes burning pain in the knee, lower leg after having arthroscopic knee surgery 1 week ago? Is this normal? Scar tissue removal under patella?

Scar tissue: It is possible that after having the arthroscopic surgery burning discomfort could be as a result of them having placed a steroid medication in your knee after your surgery. It could also be at the sites where the portals were created causing some burning in the skin during the healing process. ...Read more

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Can scar tissue be removed after having knee surgery?

Can scar tissue be removed after having knee surgery?

Yes: Adhesions can develop after a knee surgery which limit motion and can be removed (typically arthroscopically), however the reason for stiffness should be fully evaluated before considering this. Most common causes are malpositioned acl graft or inappropriate size or position of total knee components. If this is the case revision of the primary procedure is required. ...Read more

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So I just had a basic knee surgery. They removed scar tissue that had been causing my knee pain/dislocations. How long before I can return to work?

So I just had a basic knee surgery. They removed scar tissue that had been causing my knee pain/dislocations. How long before I can return to work?

Ask your surgeon: Describe your occupation and job duties to your surgeon and he/she can guide you with regards to return to work. Light duty with restrictions are sometimes provided to protect you as you return to work. ...Read more

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Can your tibia bone feel unstable? What are the symptoms? I had knee surgery for ACL trim and mensicus trim and scar tissue under the patella. Help

Can your tibia bone feel unstable? What are the symptoms? I had knee surgery for ACL trim and mensicus trim and scar tissue under the patella. Help

Yes: Yes, you can definitely have some degree of instability in your knee/tibia, particularly if you have an "acl deficient" knee. I would not hesitate to discuss directly with your surgeon. ...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 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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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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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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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?

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

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When someone has arthroscopic knee surgery does the surgeon look under the kneecap?

Standard arthroscopy: It would be standard practice to examine the medial, lateral compartment of the knee as well as the patellofemoral compartment, or under the kneecap during every arthroscopic procedure. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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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


Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more