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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
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
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
A good general overview of a knee scope can be found here:
http://orthoinfo. Aaos. Org/topic. Cfm? Topic=a00299. ...Read more
When can I hike after knee surgery? I need to go for arthroscopic knee surgery for meniscus repair. I'm planning a vacation in three months to do some moderate hiking. Am I being too optimistic about the recovery period?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Sleep: If general anethesia is performed, you are essentially asleep. ...Read more
Depends: Usually versed and and IV pain med, but it depends upon what the ortho doc and anesthesiologist are used to. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
What to do if I am having arthroscopic knee surgery next week, and I'm there be a drain from my knee after surgery?
Meniscus: Best to consult your orthopedic surgeon.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
Can someone re injure there knee after arthroscopic knee surgery from doing a squat? I did one and heard and felt a loud excruciating popping? Help
Absolutely: Suggest you follow up with your orthopedist ...Read more
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
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