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Dr. Steven Shannon
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Synovectomy (Overview)

This is a surgical procedure to remove the lining of a joint or tendon sheath (synovium) and is done for some inflammatory conditions where the synovium becomes thickened and painful. Often done in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.


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Synovectomy recovery time?

Synovectomy recovery time?

3-4 weeks: Generally a patient can recover and return to work and sports after 3-4 weeks following a knee scope for synovectomy. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Shannon
28 doctors shared insights

Synovectomy (Overview)

This is a surgical procedure to remove the lining of a joint or tendon sheath (synovium) and is done for some inflammatory conditions where the synovium becomes thickened and painful. Often done in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.


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How long is synovectomy recovery?

How long is synovectomy recovery?

A couple weeks: This is commonly done arthroscopically and takes about 2-3 weeks for the achiness to settle down. The first week you swell a bit but by day 4-5 the swelling starts to go down if you ice a lot and don't over do it. ...Read more

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How long does a synovectomy take?

How long does a synovectomy take?

Not long: The length of a surgery is surgeon dependent, some can do a procedure in 10 minutes that takes others 30 minutes. You also did not state what anatomical region this was i. E knee etc. I would say on average it is a 20-30 minute procedure. ...Read more

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What is done during a synovectomy?

What is done during a synovectomy?

Synovium : Synovium is a soft tissue structure, it is part of the anatomy of the knee. A synovectomy means the doctor plans on removing this lining or a piece of it likely because it is no longer functioing properly, and it is damaged. ...Read more

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How long is a synovectomy recovery?

How long is a synovectomy recovery?

Variable: A synovectomy is a surgical procedure in which the inflammed synovium, or lining of a joint, is removed. This can usually be done arthroscopically. Recovery will depend on which joint is operated on and how severe the disease within that joint was. A common indication for synovectomy is rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: synovectomy?

What is the definition or description of: synovectomy?

Removing synovium: This is a surgical procedure to remove the lining of a joint or tendon sheath (synovium) and is done for some inflammatory conditions where the synovium becomes thickened and painful. Often done in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Can I walk after having a synovectomy?

Can I walk after having a synovectomy?

Depends: All surgeons have different post op protocols. Some may want the surgical site to be rested for the first 24-48 hours, to avoid swelling from the incision itself etc, other docs are more free and let people walk immediately so this is somethign that needs to be discussed with the operating surgeon. ...Read more

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After a total synovectomy does the synovium regrow? If so, how quickly?

After a total synovectomy does the synovium regrow?  If so, how quickly?

Yes: SLOWLY...more rapid growth is due to inflammation and a part of arhritic disorders
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Which one is more safe chemical synovectomy or radioactive synovectomy for patients suffering from hemophilia?

Which one is more safe chemical synovectomy or radioactive synovectomy for patients suffering from hemophilia?

Radioactive one: Radiosynovectomy is currently the preferred procedure when radioactive
materials are available.
However, chemical synovectomy is an effective alternative method if radioactive materials are not available. ...Read more

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What is your opinion of a complete synovectomy for a 17-year old to relieve pain and swelling following a partial menisectomy 9 months ago?

What is your opinion of a complete synovectomy for a 17-year old to relieve pain and swelling following a partial menisectomy 9 months ago?

Knee pain: Is there a diagnosis for the persistent knee pain and swelling post-op? Undergoing a complete synovectomy to relieve pain/swelling without an underlying diagnosis to support such a procedure will not likely work. This procedure is typically done for major inflammatory conditions of the knee and is not a typical treatment for pain after menisectomy ...Read more

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Can rifampicin/rifaldin be used to do chemical synovectomy in a patient having hemophilia arthropathy? Is it a safe procedure?

Can rifampicin/rifaldin be used to do chemical synovectomy in a patient having hemophilia arthropathy? Is it a safe procedure?

Too many unknowns. : There are too many unknowns for this type of treatment to be seeking advice on this forum. Please seek the help of a physician asap. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my knee if the doctor says I need a synovectomy?

What is wrong with my knee if the doctor says I need a synovectomy?

Synovium : Synovium is a soft tissue structure, it is part of the anatomy of the knee. A synovectomy means the doctor plans on removing this lining or a piece of it likely because it is no longer functioing properly, and it is damaged. ...Read more

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Just had arthrocentesis and chemical synovectomy for hemophilic arthropathy. When will i able to regain full rom and should I start physiotherapy?

Just had arthrocentesis and chemical synovectomy for hemophilic arthropathy. When will i able to regain full rom and should I start physiotherapy?

SORRY,: To hear your story at that young age. You better ask you doctor but I think physiotherapy would be in place. As to rom, I hope you will regain with time full range. Do not be shy and ask your md! ...Read more

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I have pvns in left knee, I'm having a complete synovectomy aswell as he's having a look at PCL as it's a bit lax. How long will I be under roughly?

I have pvns in left knee, I'm having a complete synovectomy aswell as he's having a look at PCL as it's a bit lax. How long will I be under roughly?

30-60 minutes: Most arthroscopic synovectomies probably take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and a half depending on how extensive and the amount of bleeding and visibility. ...Read more

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I had a subtotal synovectomy on my knee a year ago, flexion normal, missing few degrees hyperextension, still stiff, pain doing stairs, what is wrong?

I had a subtotal synovectomy on my knee a year ago, flexion normal, missing few degrees hyperextension, still stiff, pain doing stairs, what is wrong?

Arthritis?: Most patients requiring a synovectomy, especially those 50 years and above, have osteoarthritis. Stairs place a significant load on the knee joints, and many patients with various types of knee problems hurt when going up and down stairs. It would be worthwhile to follow up with your orthopedic doctor for a reassessment and discussion of treatment options. Repeat x-rays could be helpful. ...Read more

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What is Arthroscopy left ankle synovectomy and loose body excision procedure?

What is Arthroscopy left ankle synovectomy and loose body excision procedure?

It means U had--: --an arthroscopic procedure done on Ur ankle &loose fragments were removed, & loose bodies in a joint can cause an inflammatory response, & the inflamed synovial tissue was removed. ...Read more

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Are multiple bone cysts common in hemophilia and is chemical/radioactive synovectomy the answer or they must be taken out through a surgery?

Are multiple bone cysts common in hemophilia and is chemical/radioactive synovectomy the answer or they must be taken out through a surgery?

Not rare: Bone cysts-or "pseudo tumors" are not unusual in hemophilia and depending on location and size may be observed or treated.
Treatment is not easy or without potential complications. Seek an experienced specialist. ...Read more

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Will i be able to live an active lifestyle after a synovectomy in my knee? I want to make sure I can run, snowboard, and hike after the procedure

Will i be able to live an active lifestyle after a synovectomy in my knee?  I want to make sure I can run, snowboard, and hike after the procedure

Almost certainly: Most patients can continue living an active lifestyle after a synovectomy. However, I would ask your orthopedic surgeon this question since that individual is most familiar with the specifics of your presentation. ...Read more

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I had a subtotal synovectomy on my knee a year ago, flexion normal, missing degrees hyperextend, still stiff, pain doing stairs, . DON'T have arthritis?

I had a subtotal synovectomy on my knee a year ago, flexion normal, missing degrees hyperextend, still stiff, pain doing stairs, . DON'T have arthritis?

Hard to say: Many potential causes. Synovectomies are traditionally done on patients who have an underlying inflammation of the synovium, usually from a systemic condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout, for example. If the underlying systemic condition is not addressed, the problem can often recur. There may also be other factors contributing to your condition beyond simply your synovium. ...Read more

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Friend had hip repl & diag of pigmented villonodular synovitis. Chances of reoccur/prevention or known causes? Is synovectomy usually perf at op?

Friend had hip repl & diag of pigmented villonodular synovitis. Chances of reoccur/prevention or known causes? Is synovectomy usually perf at op?

Possible: If the diagnosis was known at the time of joint replacement, then the surgeon would likely have performed as complete a synovectomy as possible. However, it is not possible to remove all the synovium, even when a hip replacement is done, and therefore many orthopaedic oncologists recommend adjuvant radiation therapy, which could adversely affect the hip replacement. An expert is necessary! ...Read more

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Can u please describe in detail what they do when u have arthroscopic labral debridment acromioplasty synovectomy and bursectomy surgery of left shoulder?

Can u please describe in detail what they do when u have arthroscopic labral debridment acromioplasty synovectomy and bursectomy surgery of left shoulder?

See Below: Acromioplasty (commonly referred to as spur removal or shaving) is one of the most commonly performed shoulder procedures and is also considered to be one of the most overperformed procedures. I would recommend you consider a second opinion with a shoulder specialist to firmly establish the reasons behind your shoulder pain. http://www.theshouldercenter.com/labrum-tear-slap-lesion.htm for more... ...Read more

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I've had knee arthoscopy with open removal of PVNS and synovectomy. It's been 3 months. Should I take knee joint supplements?

I've had knee arthoscopy with open removal of PVNS and synovectomy. It's been 3 months. Should I take knee joint supplements?

No Data: I am unaware of any reputable study deonstrating the effectiveness of "joint supplements" such as glucosamine and chondroitin supdate (or their equivalents). Taking them probably won't hurt. Nor will it likely help.
But I am a believer in discussing things with you physician first. ...Read more

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Siderotic synovitis unknown origin, subtotal synovectomy 8/2013, rt knee, good rom but always stiff, often sore down stairs, no arthritis, normal??

Siderotic synovitis unknown origin, subtotal synovectomy 8/2013, rt knee, good rom but always stiff, often sore down stairs, no arthritis, normal??

This is due to bleed: Since not all the synovium was removed there may be persistent synovitis. The question also is do you still have bleeding into the joint. Have you had a post-operative MRI to see if synovitis persists? You of course also need persistent exercise to make certain the surrounding musculature is good and stays strong to support the knee. You need to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Had knee arthroscopic synovectomy on right knee to remove PVNS. Next 2 dressing I had small red, bruise under the skin. Today it's spreaded x10.

Had knee arthroscopic synovectomy on right knee to remove PVNS. Next 2 dressing I had small red, bruise under the skin. Today it's spreaded x10.

Call your surgeon: This is not a sign of PVNS recurrence. This also does not sound like any problem with the surgery or anything dangerous. It is most likely bleeding from the surgery coming to the surface. You should still call your surgeon. This is the best person to tell you if it is OK to ignore or needs to be checked. ...Read more

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I am 24 days post op from knee chondroplasty and synovectomy (3rd degree arthritis.) Is bad thigh muscle pain normal?

I am 24 days post op from knee chondroplasty and synovectomy (3rd degree arthritis.) Is bad thigh muscle pain normal?

Call your physician: Its really difficult to tell. Thigh pain can be common following surgery due to the procedure as well as the possible tourniquet used. Your surgeon will know the specific details of your case and be able to offer you guidance. Another visit to their office might be necessary to exam your leg and look for signs of infection, dvt, or tell if its just expected post op findings. ...Read more