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Offline gk1928

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Bilateral Arthroscopy= Plica Removal
« on: December 24, 2014, 03:55:55 AM »
About a week ago I had bilateral arthroscopy in which they removed the plica and cleaned out the knee. I have been able to weight bear since the surgery. But I am definetly limping, and there is some pain while walking, and I am unstable. I have crutches I was given but I have not used them. I am going to a big event which will require a lot of walking and standing, would the crutches be helpful? I don't want to do anything detrimental to my recovery by using them. Any advice?

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Re: Bilateral Arthroscopy= Plica Removal
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2014, 10:43:11 AM »
I have heard doctors having exact opposite opinions on this:

Some say, start walking as soon as possible in order to not let the muscles shut down.

Others say, go slow because the joint is washed out during the procedure and there is no "oil" which could destroy cartilage or open meniscus tears because of excessive friction since it's moving on water...

Maybe both are right, maybe something in the middle would be the ideal.

But if you are mentioning excessive walking, then it might be better to take crutches in order to preserve your cartilage and not doing damage while the joint recovers it's natural fluids. It might be wise not to abuse it...