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Offline jaymes

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I got a plica removed 11 months ago but when I fully bend my knee (like on my haunches) it becomes sensitive after ainute which I think is caused by some inflammation still being there

 

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Re: How long does inflammation from plica arthroscopy take to fully subside?
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2021, 04:32:32 PM »
There may always be some inflammation, although it’s more likely scar tissue or nerve sensitivity that can occur after any surgery. A knee that has been changed by surgical intervention may never be 100% the same as before the op. Best to focus on what you can do and improving daily function rather than little niggles :) if something causes pain that doesn’t quickly subside, then perhaps get it checked out. An injection of some sort may help relieve any residual swelling but those are not without risk. Otherwise try a topical anti inflammatory?
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Re: How long does inflammation from plica arthroscopy take to fully subside?
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2021, 06:41:37 PM »
Yes there is scar tissue at the incision sites areas but I'm not sure how scar tissue can cause pain?

Only things I know that can cause pain in knee  joint area are the nerves and there being inflammation
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Re: How long does inflammation from plica arthroscopy take to fully subside?
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2021, 10:25:17 PM »
Scar tissue around nerves?
How much pain do you have? Does medication help, eg a nerve pain med like gabapentin?
Scar tissue can get inflamed too and cause issues.
Contact your surgeon if the pain is severe and intractable, ie does not respond to analgesia or other pain medication.
A scan should show issues within the joint
It may be a complication which requires pain management review
Good luck :)
« Last Edit: November 10, 2021, 10:34:03 PM by vickster »
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09 (lat meniscus, lat condyle defect)
LK scopes 8/2/10 & 16/12/10
RK scope 5/2/15 (menisectomy, Hoffa’s fat pad trim)
LK scope 10.1.19 medial meniscectomy, trochlea MFX
LK scope 19.4.21 MFX to both condyles & trochlea, patella cartilage shaved, viscoseal, depo-medrone

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Re: How long does inflammation from plica arthroscopy take to fully subside?
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2021, 11:24:42 PM »
Scar tissue around nerves?
How much pain do you have? Does medication help, eg a nerve pain med like gabapentin?
Scar tissue can get inflamed too and cause issues.
Contact your surgeon if the pain is severe and intractable, ie does not respond to analgesia or other pain medication.
A scan should show issues within the joint
It may be a complication which requires pain management review
Good luck :)

not enough pain for it to go to a Dr yet

One more question: do you know  if inflammation is what can cause this heavy feeling in front of your knee, below kneecap?

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Re: How long does inflammation from plica arthroscopy take to fully subside?
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2021, 11:10:00 PM »
Fat pad inflammation? Bursitis? (have you been squatting or kneeling on it?)
Try icing the area/apply a topical anti inflammatory? Plus rest of course
« Last Edit: November 11, 2021, 11:17:34 PM by vickster »
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09 (lat meniscus, lat condyle defect)
LK scopes 8/2/10 & 16/12/10
RK scope 5/2/15 (menisectomy, Hoffa’s fat pad trim)
LK scope 10.1.19 medial meniscectomy, trochlea MFX
LK scope 19.4.21 MFX to both condyles & trochlea, patella cartilage shaved, viscoseal, depo-medrone

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Re: How long does inflammation from plica arthroscopy take to fully subside?
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2021, 07:03:36 PM »
Fat pad inflammation? Bursitis? (have you been squatting or kneeling on it?)
Try icing the area/apply a topical anti inflammatory? Plus rest of course

None of those but I did have jagged edges in the cartilage which the surgeon rounded off, do you know if doing this should get rid of further inflammation?

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Re: How long does inflammation from plica arthroscopy take to fully subside?
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2021, 07:10:38 PM »
Fat pad inflammation? Bursitis? (have you been squatting or kneeling on it?)
Try icing the area/apply a topical anti inflammatory? Plus rest of course

And if so, roughly how long would it take for the inflammation that's caused by jagged cartolqge to go away, if you got rid of the underlying cause? 

I've read that inflammation should go away once you get rid of underlying causes