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Author Topic: How long after cortisone injection can I have surgery?  (Read 9761 times)

Offline Diegas

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How long after cortisone injection can I have surgery?
« on: July 30, 2012, 09:50:54 PM »
My understanding from reading the posts is that it is not wise to have surgery soon after having cortisone injected into the joint that will be operated on.  Does anyone know how long I need to wait after having a cortisone injection before getting surgery?  Is two weeks long enough?
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Re: How long after cortisone injection can I have surgery?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 09:55:27 PM »
Best ask your surgeon - s/he will know best.  Also, best to wait for the cortisone to work fully surely ?  I'd personally give it as long as possible, certainly 3 months.  What is wrong with your knee?  Have you tried ice, physio etc...surgery should be the last option
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Re: How long after cortisone injection can I have surgery?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2012, 02:22:58 AM »
Thanks for your response.  I have synovitis, and have had surgery on my other knee for the same thing.  I have tried everything, and this cortisone shot was the last thing I was planning on trying before surgery.  I will give it a little more time to be sure the cortisone doesn't make a difference.  I really don't want to have another surgery!
01/2012 RK synovectomy and chondroplasty surgery
01/2012 Same problems start with LK
01/2013 Considering surgery on LK

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Re: How long after cortisone injection can I have surgery?
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012, 12:54:02 AM »
I just heard from the surgeon and he thought three weeks between the shot and surgery would be enough time. Should I be suspicious?  Or does that sound like a reasonable amount of time? 
01/2012 RK synovectomy and chondroplasty surgery
01/2012 Same problems start with LK
01/2013 Considering surgery on LK

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Re: How long after cortisone injection can I have surgery?
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2012, 03:15:20 PM »
DiegHenj, I am in the same situation so I am VERY interested in your post.  I am also interested in how long the injections typically last?  I have not received any feedback on this question.

I hope that you get more feedback.

Best of luck!
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Re: How long after cortisone injection can I have surgery?
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2012, 03:41:28 PM »
I don't think you should be suspicious, unless you have reason to believe that your Doctor is untrustworthy?

My Doctor says you should give a cortisone injection 6 weeks to tell whether it has helped or not. But that does not mean you have to wait that long before you have surgery.

Good luck whichever way it goes.

 















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