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What is the recovery timeline for arthroscopic knee surgery?

What is the recovery timeline for arthroscopic knee surgery?

About 6 weeks: The first week you can expect some discomfort. A small percentage of patients have a lot of pain. Its difficult to determine who they are preoperatively. Most surgeons want you doing a home exercise program during the 1st week. You will be able to walk usually with the use of a cane for a few days. At the end of the 1st week, your surgeon will remove sutures and start pt. Each week you will progressively improve, and usually by 6 weeks you should be 90% healed. The last 10% can take several months. ...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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What exactly is arthroscopic knee surgery? When is it done? What is the recovery time? Is it dangerous?

What exactly is arthroscopic knee surgery? When is it done? What is the recovery time? Is it dangerous?

Incision, scope, cut: Anesthetize area, insert scope thru small incision, establish problem after washing out cloudy fluid with sterile clear sol'n, insert thin surgical tool (like scissor), correct prob. Done for torn meniscal cartilage, ant cruciate ligament, remove loose fragments or inflamed tissue. Recovery time depends on proc and ortho: 1-8 wks. Anesthesia reax, infection, clots, fluid reaccum: generally safe. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for arthroscopic knee surgery?

How long is the recovery for arthroscopic knee surgery?

Days to weeks: Depending on the findings, it could take days to weeks to improve. Most arthroscopic cases allow you to walk immediately. I recommend no running or jumping for 4 weeks. ...Read more

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What should I expect with arthroscopic knee surgery from anesthesia to recovery?

What should I expect with arthroscopic knee surgery from anesthesia to recovery?

Expectations: A good general overview of a knee scope can be found here:
http://orthoinfo. Aaos. Org/topic. Cfm? Topic=a00299. ...Read more

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What is arthroscopic knee surgery?

What is arthroscopic knee surgery?

Camera assisted work: Arthroscopic knee surgery involves operating on the knee to remove, repair, or replace different injured structures without making big incisions. A small 1/4 inch incision is made first and a small camera the diameter of a pencil is inserted into the knee to look around. The inside of the knee is observed on a tv screen while the procedure is carried out through additional small incisions. ...Read more

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Is arthroscopic knee surgery painful?

Is arthroscopic knee surgery painful?

Not particularly.: Most arthroscopic knee surgery is not too painful and can be controlled with mild narcotics, anti-inflammatories, ice and rest. Arthroscopic acl and PCL reconstructions are more painful but still routinely done as outpatient surgery. ...Read more

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What is arthroscopic knee surgery like?

Knee arthroscopy: This is a procedure that is minimally invasive with a lot done through 2 small incisions: work on meniscus, loose bodies, and various cartilage procedures. Some arthroscopies are also done to reconstruct a torn acl or correct patellar tracking. Usually full weight bearing immediately, crutches for a few days, improved pain, and return to function in a few weeks, depending upon procedure done. ...Read more

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Does arthroscopic knee surgery ever not work?

Does arthroscopic knee surgery ever not work?

Yes: Knee arthroscopy is only a tool for us to take care of a specific problem in the knee. If we suspect a tear in the meniscus, a knee arthroscopy can be used to fix the problem. Unfortunately, sometimes the pain is coming from other sources such as hamstring tendinitis caused by weak quad muscles. In that case, the knee arthroscopy would not help. Or you may have arthritis that would also not help. ...Read more

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How long does arthroscopic knee surgery last?

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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What happens during arthroscopic knee surgery?

What happens during arthroscopic knee surgery?

Knee arthroscopy: The various anatomical sites within the knee are inspected including but not excluded to the articular cartilage lining of the patella, trochlea, medial and lateral femoral condyles, medial and lateral tibial plateau, medial and lateral menisci, the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, the synovial lining. ...Read more

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What exactly is arthroscopic knee surgery procedure?

Scope: Arthroscopic knee surgery is a minimally invasive procedure where a small camera and small instruments are used to evaluate and repair the knee. This is generally done using 3 small stab incisions around the knee cap. It is beneficial for cartilage, meniscal and some ligament injuries in the knee joint. It is a safe procedure with a low overall complication rate. ...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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Can I recover a arthroscopic knee surgery in 30 days or less?

Can I recover a arthroscopic knee surgery in 30 days or less?

Yes: This depends on what the surgery was done for. The most common knee scope surgery is done for a meniscal tear where a partial menisectomy is done and these generally recover in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery?

Depends: Typically people recover from knee arthroscopy in 4-6 weeks, but some of this depends on what was done. Progressive and gentle range of motion is typically the best way to start with a progressive return to heavire sports and activities. ...Read more

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Is it possible to recover a arthroscopic knee surgery in 30 days?

1-2 weeks: Depending on the type of work done, sedentary jobs can return to work within a few days, active jobs may require a bit more time and babying. Sutures (if used) usually come out in 7- 14 days so I recommend waiting till they come out. It there is no associated knee problem (arthritis) the biggest hinderamnce to returning to work is the muscle weakness associated with the tear. ...Read more

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Any advice for someone recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery?

Any advice for someone recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery?

Depends.: Depend on what you had done. But the one thing you could do that is universal, is to ice the knee. Apply ice packs for 20 minutes at a time, 4-5 times per day. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from an arthroscopic knee surgery?

It Depends: On how active you are and how much was done during surgery. For a routine knee scope I typically allow my patients back to work in 3-4 days if they have a sedentary job. Otherwise, most people can start getting back to work at 2-3 weeks depending on their job. Strengthening of the quadriceps muscle is key as this shuts down with knee surgery of any kind. Most people are near full by 4 weeks. ...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 recover after an arthroscopic knee surgery?

Depends: Recovery fro simple knee arthroscopy (meniscal debridement, loose body removal, plica excision) takes ~6 wks; if you rehab diligently you can get back faster (sports in 3-4 weeks). Arthroscopic ligament reconstruction (e.g. Acl), meniscus repairs, or articular cartilage procedures (microfracture, aci, etc) require longer rehabilitation, often 6-12 months. Talk to your surgeon about your case. ...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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Two and a half weeks ago I had arthroscopic knee surgery, my knee still feels hot to the touch. Is that normal at this point?

Two and a half weeks ago I had arthroscopic knee surgery, my knee still feels hot to the touch. Is that normal at this point?

Inflammation: Hot implies inflammation. Increased warmth is common a couple weeks after surgery, but if accompanied by significant pain or redness, then an urgent evaluation is necessary to rule out an infection. ...Read more

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What is causing the back of my knee to hurt? I took a step forward and the back go my knee popped. I had arthroscopic knee surgery please help

Knee pop postop: When was your knee surgery performed/? What was accomplished? IT is not unusual to experienced some pain, popping and swelling of arming amounts for first several weeks postop. Try ice, NSAIDs and avoid kneeling, stairs. Check with your surgeon if things persist ...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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What IV sedation is used for arthroscopic knee surgery?

Depends: Usually versed and and IV pain med, but it depends upon what the ortho doc and anesthesiologist are used to. ...Read more

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What kind of painkillers will be prescribed for arthroscopic knee surgery?

What kind of painkillers will be prescribed for arthroscopic knee surgery?

Narcotic pain meds: Usually vicodin or Percocet is prescribed after knee arthscopy. However, the majority of patients do not need these pain killers after the second day post operatively, as knee arthroscopy is not a very painful procedure. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) or advil, or alleve, is usually sufficient after that. ...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 do I know when will the incision marks from arthroscopic knee surgery heal (disappear)?

How do I know when will the incision marks from arthroscopic knee surgery heal (disappear)?

Never completely: There will always be a scar. It takes 3-6mo for the scar to mature and become white and non inflamed (not red). If you go out in the sun wear sunblock (not sreen). The sun will tan and set the scar dark. ...Read more

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Had arthroscopic knee surgery 2 mos ago but fell 2 days ago, and painful swelling, could I have reinjured it?

Had arthroscopic knee surgery 2 mos ago but fell 2 days ago, and painful swelling, could I have reinjured it?

Yes, but probably no: I tell all my patients how to protect their knees after surgery often with bracing and/or crutches. My guess is that most fall at some point in the early postoperative period. So you are in good company. It really spends on two things: what exact surgery was performed, and how bad was the fall? You should check with your surgeon to see how concerned he or she is. A quick check alleviates anxiety. ...Read more

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What to do if I am having arthroscopic knee surgery next week, and I'm there be a drain from my knee after surgery?

The Q. is not clear: With some word (s) missing. Generally no drain is used after an arthroscopic surgery, unless it is an open procedure. ...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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My mom is undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery next week. What will I have to do to help?

My mom is undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery next week. What will I have to do to help?

Be around...: Before, to help allay anticipatory anxiety;, at surgery, so she sees your smiling face when awakens; and most importantly till she gets back on her feet and walks comfortably. All, along the way, she'll let you know --or you'll sense--what she needs.....And when she's ready to let you go. ...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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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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What is causing all the funny sensations down my leg after having arthroscopic knee surgery? Can doing squat tear something in knee?

What is causing all the funny sensations down my leg after having arthroscopic knee surgery? Can doing squat tear something in knee?

If it's done right-: -after the scope, meaning while there is still some fluid present, a squat can cause the capsule 2 rupture, usually @ the superior pole or closest 2 your head @ the top of the knee. The squat compresses the volume of the joint space so the high increase in pressure in the fluid will rupture, usually @ a portal site. May discolor, but harmless unless fever, chills & increased pain. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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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