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How long should I use crutches after a left knee arthroscopy to remove bone spurs?

How long should I use crutches after a left knee arthroscopy to remove bone spurs?

Up to you: I usually tell my patients to get rid of the crutches when they feel their knee is strong enough to stand. If all you had was a debridement. Then there is nothing that you are going to damage by walking on it. ...Read more

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Arthroscopic Surgery (Definition)

Arthroscopic surgery involves looking inside of a joint with a very small camera. The joint is filled with water and the camera is placed into the joint, using small incisions. Most orthopaedic surgeons utilize arthroscopic surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including: meniscal and rotator cuff years, joint infections and inflammation, removal of loose ...Read more


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Can arthroscopic surgery be done to remove a bone spur in my knee?

Can arthroscopic surgery be done to remove a bone spur in my knee?

Yes: Many times arthroscopic surgery can successfully remove a offending bone spur in the knee. Your orthopedic surgeon can give you a very accurate assessment as to the success that he/she will have doing this. ...Read more

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Is there usually a period of non-weight bearing after ankle arthroscopy if bone spurs are removed from leg bones? No-microfracture of talus.

As comfort dictates: There is no specific reason that you can not put weight after arthroscopic spur removal. Weight bearing a tolerated usually is your status. Keep the ankle elevated higher than your heart for first few days to decrease swelling. It will hurt to walk on it initially so walkonit if you like to suffer, . As usual it is best to follow the protocol of your surgeon who did it, theyknow the situation best. ...Read more

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I had my knee arthroscopy last Feb 19, it's been 2 weeks now, my knee is still swollen, can't walk, can't bend, small walk with crutches, stiff calf?

I had my knee arthroscopy last Feb 19, it's been 2 weeks now, my knee is still swollen, can't walk, can't bend, small walk with crutches, stiff calf?

See your surgeon: It sounds like you ought to call the surgeon that performed the arthroscopy and get examined. I wouldn't expect you to have these symptoms two weeks after your procedure. ...Read more

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Will you need to use crutches after you have knee arthroscopy?

Will you need to use crutches after you have knee arthroscopy?

Up to you: I usually tell my patients to get rid of the crutches when they feel their knee is strong enough to stand. If all you had was a debridement. Then there is nothing that you are going to damage by walking on it. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to walk without crutches 2 weeks after knee arthroscopy?

Is it harmful to walk without crutches 2 weeks after knee arthroscopy?

Depends: As long as you did not have any type of repair of your miniscus for example you should be ok as long as you do not have pain ...Read more

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I had knee arthroscopy on Dec 6, 2016 to remove plica. Started walking soon and over stressed it in the 6th week. Now 10wks post op, always painful?

I had knee arthroscopy on Dec 6, 2016 to remove plica. Started walking soon and over stressed it in the 6th week. Now 10wks post op, always painful?

See your doc: The simple answer is to follow up with your surgeon to explore additional diagnostic & treatment options. Ask whether there are other sources of pain other than the plica. What about articular cartilage near where the plica was excised. Also, inquire about a meniscal tear, patellar instability, tendinitis, scar tissue, etc. If I can help, then join my care team at healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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About how long would I be on crutches, or would I even need them and about how long would it take to fully recover after exploratory knee arthroscopy?

About how long would I be on crutches, or would I even need them and about how long would it take to fully recover after exploratory knee arthroscopy?

Arthroscopic: Depending on what has been done during the arthroscopic procedure in your knee would determine whether or not you need to use the crutches, most commonly people use the more for comfort immediately after the operation unless they've had a procedure called micro fracture. If microfracture has been done then you are usually non-weight-bearing for about 6 to 8 weeks minimum, if all they did was an ardepending on what has been done during the arthroscopic procedure in your knee would determine whether or not you need to use the crutches, most commonly people use the more for comfort immediately after the operation unless they've had a procedure called micro fracture. If microfracture has been done then you are usually non-weight-bearing for about 6 to 8 weeks minimum, if all they did was an arthroscopic washout and a partialmeniscus debridement you could be ambulating on this without crutches within 24 to 48 hours ...Read more

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How long does a knee arthroscopy recovery take?

How long does a knee arthroscopy recovery take?

1-6 weeks: For meniscus surgeries in an otherwise healthy patient in excellent condition, the arthroscopy does not need too much time to recover from. I have had patients walk out from surgery and never turn back. However, patients are often deconditioned because of the injury. This causes muscle (especially quads) weakness and inhibition that takes longer to recover from. ...Read more

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How long do I need to be off work for knee arthroscopy?

How long do I need to be off work for knee arthroscopy?

1-6 weeks.: Depends on what your problem was and hte surgery performed. Often after an uncomplicated partial meniscectomy you are allowed to put weight on the knee as tolerated. If there was a chondroplasty for arthritis (drilling/microfracture etc) may not be able to weight bear for up to 4-6 weeks. Returning to work depends on what type of work you do and if you drive there (right knee surgery especially). ...Read more

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How long could it take to recover from knee arthroscopy?

How long could it take to recover from knee arthroscopy?

It depends: It depends on what type of arthroscopy. Generally, simple clean-up and menisectomies take 3-6 weeks for full recovery, meniscal repairs take 3-6 months, and ligament reconstructions take 6-12 months. It is important to discuss your specific condition/procedure with your surgeon to better define your recovery. You may be able to do certain things very quickly, while other activities take longer. ...Read more

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I am having a knee arthroscopy. How long does it usually take?

I am having a knee arthroscopy. How long does it usually take?

Diagnosis dependent: Arthroscopy of the knee can take anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours depending upon the diagnosis and planned surgical intervention. A simple meniscal tear debridement can be very rapid, whereas a meniscal repair combined with a ligament reconstruction can take well over an hour. Your surgeon will give you the most accurate timetable specific to your knee and planned surgery. ...Read more

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Having a bi- lateral knee arthroscopy. What can I expect knees to be like after?

Having a bi- lateral knee arthroscopy. What can I expect knees to be like after?

Depends: Knee arthroscopy is highly dependent on the procedure being performed along with it. Trimming a torn meniscus can lead to immediate relief and return to function while acl or PCL reconstructions take 8-9 months to recover. It also depends on your conditioning before surgery. Pain from quad weakness and tendinitis will not improve at all after surgery. It will depend more on rehab. ...Read more

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My child is having knee arthroscopy tomorrow. What can I expect her knees to be like after?

My child is having knee arthroscopy tomorrow. What can I expect her knees to be like after?

Depends: Maybe swollen and sore until healed. It really depends upon what the scoping is for. ...Read more

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How long should I expect swelling to last post knee arthroscopy?

How long should I expect swelling to last post knee arthroscopy?

Swelling: Swelling after a knee scope can last several days to several weeks. It depends on what was done, the amount if any of swelling prior to surgery and how long the surgery takes. Arthroscopy is done with fluid distention and the fluid is not all removed at the end of surgery. Most of my patients have some swelling for a week or less. If swelling perists then the knee may need to be drained. ...Read more

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Are there ways to just have your lower leg numbed during knee arthroscopy?

Yes: Some types of knee arthroscopy can be performed under local anesthesia with adequate sedation. But a discussion with the surgeon and anesthesiologist is required and at times during the surgery it must be converted to a general anesthic if the procedure is not being tolerated or the relaxation of the knee is not enough. ...Read more

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When can I engage in cardio / exercise after knee arthroscopy & joint repair?

When can I engage in cardio / exercise after knee arthroscopy & joint repair?

Best to ask surgeon: Your ability to progress to cardio exercise (stationary bike, elliptical, etc.) after knee arthroscopy depends upon what exactly was done in your knee. A simple meniscal tear debridement (pain "removal") requires minimal internal healing and may allow very rapid return to desired activites (10-14 days). If internal healing is required (acl reocnstruction or other "repair") expect 3-6 week delay. ...Read more

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My 13. Yr old son did a knee arthroscopy for lesion in his right knee 5 days ago n my dr said his lesion was intact how long to return to footy?

Lesion in knee: I am making a huge leap in diagnosis and will assume that he was found to have a non displaced or unstable osteochondritis dissecans (ocd) lesion of the femoral condyle. If he is pain free he can resume sport sooner than later. ...Read more

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How long does a Fulkerson osteotomy take? Including femoral block, knee arthroscopy? How much longer would it take if add mfpl? How long willIbeunder?

Varies: Varies quite a bit based upon surgeon speed, your size, complexity of the case, etc., usually between one and two hours. ...Read more

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Knee arthroscopy on 7-3-14. Having throbbing pain when I'm not walking. Taking 2 Percocet x4hrs. Should I be concerned?

Knee arthroscopy on 7-3-14. Having throbbing pain when I'm not walking. Taking 2 Percocet x4hrs. Should I be concerned?

Ask the surgeon: This is a question for your orthopedic surgeon. It's important after surgery to follow-up any questions or complications with the surgeon who performed the procedure ...Read more

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Does it hurt to get a knee arthroscopy done?

Does it hurt to get a knee arthroscopy done?

Varies: After any surgery there is usually some discomfort associated with swelling and the procedure performed. Icing, medication as needed and starting physical therapy immediately following the surgery will decrease the discomfort significantly. If you were in a lot of pain prior to the surgery you will probably find you are in less pain after the 2nd-3rd week post operatively. ...Read more

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How long could knee arthroscopy recovery take?

How long could knee arthroscopy recovery take?

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 can you do at home after knee arthroscopy?

What can you do at home after knee arthroscopy?

Thigh/calf exercises: Routine knee arthroscopy to address common injuries such as mensical tears and cartilage lesions generally allow for several basic activities geared to help prevent postoperative complications. Performing thigh muscle contractions via a straight leg raise (knee kept straight) helps prevent loss of extension and helps prepare for ambulation. Calf pumping exercises help prevent blood clots (dvt). ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a knee arthroscopy?

How long does it take to recover from a knee arthroscopy?

Varies by procedure.: If it is for a meniscus tear, most people are moderately sore for 3-5 days. Swelling improves starting around day 4 or so. Most people take pain meds for 2-10 days. Some take no narcotics at all. Crutches for a day or two then sometimes a cane. Most are done with these by first week. Limping around for a week or two is common. Many can do mild to moderate activity in 10-14 days. Best by 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Will I need a wheelchair after a double knee arthroscopy?

Not typically: IF it is just a standard arthroscopy with menisectomy most people can get around on crutches or a walker. IF it is more extensive surgery may require that. I let my patients ambulate as tolerated with single leg arthroscopy. I would probably recommend you take care of one knee and then 3-4 weeks later take care of the other. ...Read more

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Having a knee arthroscopy with query total release, what is total release?

Lateral release?: Total release? I'm assuming you meant lateral release. This is a procedure that is performed infrequently to address abnormal patellar (knee cap) tilt. If your pain is around your knee cap and your orthopedist is convinced that you have abnormally knee cap tilt then a lateral release may be helpful. But you must exhaust nonsurgical treatments especially therapy before considering this surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I am likely to need a wheelchair following double knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopy: Following bilateral or 'double' knee arthroscopy I would recommend having a wheelchair available; typically you should be able to mobilize yourself and ambulate with a walker or crutches depending on your level of aerobic ability. ...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


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more