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Offline Cornjob

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Microfracture and swimming?
« on: January 11, 2008, 05:56:12 AM »
I had microfracture three weeks ago on the lateral femoral cartilage.  I've been swimming three times since the surgery - with a float between my legs and just using my arms.  It felt great to be in the pool and the first two times were excellent, but when I got out of the pool the last time, my knee had swollen up quite a bit. 

In the three weeks post surgery, I've had almost no pain and only medium swelling that seemed to be going down, but now the swelling seems to be much more. 

Did anyone out there have an increase in swelling during the NWB phase or did I probably do some damage in the pool?

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Re: Microfracture and swimming?
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2008, 06:08:36 AM »
Are you in ordinary pool or a hot pool ?
If you are in a hot pool that can maybe increase the swelling.
Other then that if you don't use the leg, I don't think there should be a problem to swim.
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Re: Microfracture and swimming?
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2008, 06:10:04 AM »
It's an ordinary pool, but it is pretty warm. 


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Re: Microfracture and swimming?
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2008, 06:17:13 AM »
Probably the explanation then and nothing to worry about. Did the swelling get down to they day after ?
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Re: Microfracture and swimming?
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2008, 06:21:04 AM »
It was last night and it seems even more swollen tonight. I'm wondering if I need to call the doctor or should I just wait until I seem him again in 10 days.

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Re: Microfracture and swimming?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2008, 06:25:10 AM »
If the swelling doesn't go down in 24 hours or if you are in pain call your OS. 
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Re: Microfracture and swimming?
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2008, 06:31:04 AM »
Get up the leg high over the heart level and ice frequently, if you don't see any improvements after today call your doc and ask. I had lots of swelling after microfracture.
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Re: Microfracture and swimming?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2008, 04:00:42 PM »
Good advice above.  You are only a mere 3 weeks post op.  Even though you were using a float you probably were putting some stress on the knee.  I experienced some swelling as I increased my exercise load.  So this could be a normal response.

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Re: Microfracture and swimming?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2008, 05:21:44 PM »
Did you ask your OS about swimming before you went? Mine forbid any prolonged contact with water for the first four weeks following a scope. This was to avoid the possibility of the not-quite-healed portals opening up and allowing infection to seep in along with the water. I'd agree with everyone else, if it doesn't subside within 24 hours or if you start to run a low-grade fever, call your OS.
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