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Offline marcovan

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Knee Scope Recovery
« on: December 09, 2005, 04:42:08 PM »
Hi there. 

What is the average recovery time for a knee scope where nothing wrong is found?  Everything is as it should be?

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Re: Knee Scope Recovery
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2005, 05:14:19 PM »
Hi - IMHO, you can be gently walking around your house within a couple of days (you might even be able to walk out of hospital after the arthroscopy - I did). Within 3 weeks any swelling should have gone down and the portals should be healing nicely - within 3-4 weeks you should be able to walk normally - within 1-2 months you might be able to jog/run lightly - within 2-3 months you might be able to fully return to sport. Just my opinion, and based on your knee being in reasonably/very good condition.

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Re: Knee Scope Recovery
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2005, 05:17:19 PM »
Thanks for the info.  For some reason I was under the impression that it would be a 1-2 week period.  Thanks for the clarification.

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Re: Knee Scope Recovery
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2005, 05:34:42 PM »
Hey I had a scope and debride( Cleaning up) when I was 17. I was fully weight bearing righ after surgery, took one day off school and went to school and walked around up and down the stairs etc no problem... two days post op. 
I was back to my normal activities within two weeks. :)
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Re: Knee Scope Recovery
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2005, 05:43:39 PM »
Greetings: Have had both knees scoped and "cleaned" out..Each done on a Wednesday and back to work on Tuesday (on my feet a work--pharmacist)..Baby yourself the first 24 hrs, weight as tolerated--lots of ice/elevation! Then, do the exercises the OS will give you to do--keep icing/elevation, weight as tolerated--just don't overdo it!  In a week I was back at the gym biking and swimming...2 weeks back to the Nautilus weights..Quad exercises/ice/rest and reasonable activities of every day life and you should have an uneventful recovery!

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Re: Knee Scope Recovery
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2005, 06:55:23 PM »
Thanks for the info.  For some reason I was under the impression that it would be a 1-2 week period.

It depends - after the arthroscopy, if your knee's in "good condition" some people might feel "fully recovered" after a couple of weeks, others don't - if you're an athletic guy and thinking of resuming sporting activites, personally, I wouldn't have a game of Rugby or American football 2 weeks after an Arthroscopy...... other's might feel good enough though. Alternately, if your only going to be walking around the "office" at work 2 weeks after the arthroscopy, then many people find this perfectly ok (as Pharmer's alluded to).

In general, I'm cautious with recovery times and resuming sport etc, etc - on average it's better to recover as much as possible before resuming activites than risk exacerbating a "recovering knee".

Good luck anyway.
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Re: Knee Scope Recovery
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2005, 04:19:33 PM »
Thanks all. Just for clarification.

It's not for me, it's for my daughter.  She tore her ACL last January playing High School basketball.  She had an allograft procedure done in February.  She rehabbed rigorously and got the okay to go back to playing in July 5 months after the surgery.   She took it easy (basketball wise) and started playing in October.  Two weeks into playing she had an episode.  The surgeon took an MRI and the diagnosis was that everything seemed to be ok, no tears, the hardware was still in place and suggested 3 weeks of rehabiing. She did that and during light dribbling she says she felt the knee "twist" which to me meant isntability.  We called the surgeon and after examining her, he wanted to do arthroscopic surgery to take a look inside.  A second surgeon said that it was not necessary, that the knee felt stable just that she needed to work on the quad a little bit.    They suggested getting a third opinion.

We are getting a third and fourth opinion this Tuesday, the third from the health provider and the fourth from the most respected specialist in our area.

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Re: Knee Scope Recovery
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2005, 11:05:00 PM »
Hi  been reading the threads here with interest.  I had an arthroscopy 2 weeks ago.  The cartilage was trimmmed, and the knee tidied up.  I thought i was making a good recovery, and tho I am doing my exercises, have noticed in the last couple of days my knee seems to be tight occasionally.  Is this normal.  Also I have found that if I walk slowly I can walk good, if I speed up, I find myself having to limp.  I know age and condition have a lot to do with recovery, I am reasonably active, and 51.  Am I worrying too much?

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Re: Knee Scope Recovery
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2005, 11:19:58 PM »
Dolittle,

Hi, could just be some swelling that makes your knee feel tight.  Are you still elevating and icing? - that should help and you can also take nsaids to help with the swelling.

Everyone heals differently.  It also depends just how much they did during your surgery.  Take it a day at a time - it has only been two weeks......

Hang in there.  ~Shade
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Re: Knee Scope Recovery
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2005, 05:23:07 AM »
i had a hard time recovering from my scope surgery  was out of work 5 months.
when my surgeon cleaned out he saw debris as big as marbles. says i have no cartlige left. i am getting a knee replacement march 9
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Re: Knee Scope Recovery
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2005, 11:41:00 PM »
Just my 2 cents/pence; whatever you're doing follow the Dr.'s orders. I can only speak from my experience. I had my knee scoped (menisectomy, debridement, minor synovectomy) a year ago. A month and 1/2 later I'm back at work on restricted duty (I'm a computer network engineer) -- no kneeling, squatting, lifting or climbing ladders. Everything is going along great; one day I'm feeling so good, I've completely forgotten about the injury (DING DONG!!). I went kneel down to check if the AC power chord for a computer was connected. I made it a 1/4 of the way down and it was like somebody stabbed me with an ice pick. Needless to say it wasn't a good thing, the swelling from the surgery was back, but the pain was in a different locatioon away from the surgical site. Ever since then, my knee hasn't been happy, and I've had a cortizone/lidocain shot, taken lots of IB, but my knee swells as soon as I put weight on it or walk, it sometimes pseudo locks, makes a popping sound and going upstairs is lots of fun. I'm due for another scope in a little over 2 weeks; that's my tale of woe... :-X
2/10/04 - Reconstructive wrist surgery
Menisectomy/Debridement/min. synovectomy (rt. knee)
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1/11/06 - Chondroplasty of the lateral/medial femoral condyle
Removal of loose bodies
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