How much pain and swelling is normal following knee arthroscopy?

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I'm new to this, so please bare with me. Doc told my husband he was disappointed at how much arthritis is in my knee joint (bone on bone); fixed a small tear in maniscus; and cleaned up what he could. I'm starting day 3 post-op and have what I consider extreme swelling and sometimes excruciating throbbing pain. The pain meds barely work. I haven't been able to see incision area because of the wrappings (I can remove them tomorrow). I cannot place any weight on that leg, nor steaighten/bend it. I have spent the entire time.e since surgery elevated and iced. I keep reading how people are walking and starting excersizes right after surgery...

Is there something else I should be doing? I'm almost 49yrs old and usually heal quickly.

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    Hiya Moosn8r, I truly understand and have been there!, I too have always been a good healer, I was told 2-3 weeks and you'l be walking fine, well it took me 4 months now into my 5th I can walk well now but thought it would never happen! So patience is the word, everyone is different and I have arthritis in it that I didn't know was there...nor had it bothered me before, but going upstairs at home is stillhard going! But I was told recently by a doc that it can take 4-6 months...first one to tell me that, and that's how it's been for me. So hang on in there and just do little gentle movements, from the booklet they gave you, then later on ask for physio help as it did help me too, all the best, Janice.

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      Thank you! It's great to hear from someone who's been thru it. This morning i misstepped on my crutches and caught myself with that leg. I felt a pop, then excruciating pain up my inner thigh, which swelled up immediately. Doc says I just aggravated things....The pain has somewhat subsided; swelling and tender to touch...I'm really hoping this will be worth it eventually.

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      Ooh that was awful for you, it is hard going and tiring in the early days trying to move around carefully! I hope you will be ok, and I came on this site a while back asking for hope too, it's good to have somewhere to vent lol, so hang on in there!

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    Oh my you've only just begun! Don't listen to those people who said they were walking around doing cartwheels a couple days afterwards! They're wrong! I had mine done last July. The nightmare continues. The swelling lasted for about 2 months. The pain was unbearable. The physio was a nightmare and set me back to where I couldn't bear any weight and had to use crutches. Sorry for the bad news. Call your doctor if you're in that much pain. I had to have stronger meds the first week. Don't overdo it. Sorry to be the voice of doom. It does get better, but slowly. I'm 57 with no arthritis and it hurts right now. It will never be the same.

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    I was scared to death after my tkr because I felt as if my ortho.hadn't been informative enough as to proper handling,cleaning,wound how it would look. I was told keep it straight,work on bending,stretching,etc... however was not told rather to keep the insition covered,uncovered,nothing. After one week a home health phy.therapist came to my home had me do a few exercises that caused a great deal of pain.I was up and walking on it the day after but ended up back in hosp.for 7 days now its better, I asked alot of questions and now am on a road to recovery

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    I had pain after my knee arthroscopy last year.  I had one the previous year with no issues (different surgeon).  For 14 months, the ortho surgeon tried all manner of things - nothing worked.  Finally had the nerves ablated in my knee, still no good.  Until my surgeon came across an article about damage that can happen to the infrapatellar branch of the saphenous nerve - it looks like when he did the initial incision on the inside part of the knee, he nicked or severed that nerve.  The pain is intense, I have numbness and tingling across the knee.  I'm hoping to get cryoneurablation of that specific nerve - that we are hoping will solve the problem, because nothing else helps.  Where is your pain located?  Does it sound like this? I"m curious becasue I've been told it's hard to diagnose and uncommon, but I think it might happen a lot more than the doctors realise.

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      The pain I seem to be having now is on the inner and outer sides of my knee .Also he says I dont require any physical therapy,not sure if this is good or bad. I at this point cannot bend my knee back any further then 90°,and in order to kneal down it must bend at at least 120°-140°. So at this point not good movement still taking it one day at a time.

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      It's been 2 months now, and it seems to be better. I can bend it 90ish degrees now, but with my knee elevated on a pillow or cushion, I still get sharp pain in and around my knee cap when asked to lift my foot (not using my hip). I can do full leg lifts, just not from the knee only. I have not been back to see the doc, but will soon since PT will be over. I may ask about that when I see him, thank you.

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