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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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


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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

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What is the recovery time for a microfracture knee surgery?

What is the recovery time for a microfracture knee surgery?

3 to 6 months: The first six weeks after micro fracture surgery, patients are asked to use crutches and protect weight bearing. After that, progressive weight bearing is introduced, and range of motion is achieved in the second six weeks. The third six weeks is focused on strengthening, and the 4th 6weeks is geared for sports specific training. ...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 osteoporosis knee surgery?

How long is the recovery for osteoporosis knee surgery?

None: There is no surgery for osteoporosis at the level of the knee. If there is osteoarthritis the recovery time depends on the type of surgery performed. ...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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My sister had arthoscopic knee surgery one week ago. What should the expectation be for recovery and physical therapy?

My sister had arthoscopic knee surgery  one week ago. What should the expectation be for recovery and physical therapy?

Quite variable: This will depend upon what type of surgery you had. Simple procedures such as a partial meniscectomy may require no therapy at all, whereas surgery to reconstruct a ligament injury may involve many weeks of formal therapy and months of strengthening and recovery. ...Read more

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Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery. Is an upright or recumbent bike better?

Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus.  It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery.  Is an upright or recumbent bike better?

Start recumbent: Using an upright bike will put more pressure on your knee while it is healing and is not recommended, while a recumbent bike has less pressure and helps to keep range of motion of joint and maintain muscle tone. So, start with recumbent bike after surgery. When the knee is feeling better and stronger, then you can shift to an upright bike. ...Read more

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Can having JRA slow the recovery for guided growth knock knee surgery? It's been week she still sore and has poor balance and needs a walker age 9

Can having JRA slow the recovery for guided growth knock knee surgery? It's been week she still sore  and has  poor balance and needs a walker age 9

Varies: Having JRA could potentially slow her recovery, especially if other joints are involved as well. I would certainly let her surgeon know if you don't think she is recovering as she should. ...Read more

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My 70 yr old father who has a heart attack 2 yrs ago just had knee surgery hours earlier. Should he be on a blood thinner? Also is recovery worse??

My 70 yr old father who has a heart attack 2 yrs ago just had knee surgery hours earlier. Should he be on a blood thinner? Also is recovery worse??

Maybe: There are several variables to consider and probably the physician in charge has already made the decision. Feel free to ask. We cannot give the right answer here, and it may be a judgement call. ...Read more

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How much time does knee surgery take?

How much time does knee surgery take?

Probably: 1-2 hrs generally. Some surgeons are faster and some surgeries just take longer if more is involved in your knee than was expected. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery about a year ago and since then I have had to wear a knee brace every day my knee hurts all the time and my calf stays swollen up?

See details.: This is obviously not a normal result from what i assume to be arthroscopic surgery. You should not still need a brace and should not be in pain. Calf swelling can be secondary to phlebitis or the rupture of a popliteal cyst among other causes. Get a 2nd opinion. I would strongly recommend a new MRI if you have not recently had one done. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy prep, vomited, fainted, fell, head injury, ER & for 2nd colonoscopy same + knee surgery from fall.Time for 3rd, please advise.

Colonoscopy prep, vomited, fainted, fell, head injury, ER & for 2nd colonoscopy same + knee surgery from fall.Time for 3rd, please advise.

Hydrate well: Given your previous issues make sure the indications for your colonoscopy are sound. Hydrate well pre and during prep, use non osmotic prep eg not fleets phostasoda or visicol but go lytely or MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) type prep, do prep over slightly extended time period and have someone with you...Don't stand suddenly... ...Read more

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My infected knee implant was removed(fifth time) replaced with temporary knee insert 5 years ago. The insert has moved .. The insert is painful and wearing me down. I can't put weight on that leg. I have been unable to face full knee surgery again. I g

My infected knee implant was removed(fifth time) replaced with temporary knee insert 5 years ago.  The insert has moved .. The insert is painful and wearing me down. I can't put weight on that leg.  I have been unable to face full knee surgery again.  I g

Very tough situation: Unfortunately, if the spacer has moved, it will continue to move and erode bone. Since you are young, some options may include repeat knee replacement (assuming the infection has been eradicated) or fusion, in which the knee is made stiff. People can usually walk with a fusion, with minimal pain; however, sitting is difficult because the knee doesn't bend. ...Read more

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