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My blog is intended to address common issues I face on a daily basis in practice. Because I focus on total joint replacement of the shoulder, hip, and knee as well as arthroscopic surgery, many of my postings relate to these procedures and the rehabilitation process necessary for the best recovery possible.
I am sure there will be a variety of questions/concerns that I will not spontaneously address. Since my goal is to provide educational resources for patients worldwide, please feel free to suggest a topic you would like to see me address on this website.
Please understand that I can not make personal, specific recommendations to you, as we do not have a doctor/patient relationship. I will, however do my very best to address your question in general terms, and as always, I am available for personal consultation if you'd like.
Feel free to email me: chris@yourorthoMD.com or simply make a suggestion in the comment section below.
11/22/2020 10:17:16 pm
Hello Dr. Gorczynski;
11/26/2020 09:45:43 pm
You have excellent range of motion, and at 10+ weeks from surgery, I would expect a relatively pain-free knee. I would not expect extreme pain, and I would not expect pain when walking. This is not normal for this stage of recovery, with the excellent range of motion you have regained. I recommend you see your surgeon, and I would recommend a new set of x-rays to make sure everything is OK with your prosthesis.
Marian D Green
5/6/2021 10:13:00 pm
Thank you for your time, I appreciate it. I had bilateral knee replacements, 7 months ago. Range of motion good, measure 122. But if I stand too long my knees get swollen. I use ice wraps. Left knee not has good as right knee. Any suggestions for swollen knees, or does it take a year like I have read online. Thank you.
5/11/2021 05:01:57 pm
I would expect improvement for a year or more. My experience is that episodic swelling is not very common at your stage, but can occur. It is important to follow-up with your surgeon, so they can make sure all is well.
11/30/2022 07:08:51 am
I had a PKR inside on8/12/22 . I had full range of motion within one week post op. But the bakers cyst I had when I first tore the meniscus for years ago came back within 2 weeks post op. My cyst has always been painful as it pulls the back of my knee with every step. I thought this would go away after 2 procedures. I am told I’m too impatient, there is still fluid in my knee ?. That it may go away. Why would I think it would go away after all this? As it stands I have the exact pain and pulling in the exact place post op as I’ve had for 4 1/2 years. It is depressing and one of the most disappointing things I’ve ever had to deal with. I cannot find answers anywhere.
12/4/2022 04:57:36 pm
Baker's cysts (popliteal cysts) can be quite frustrating for patients and surgeons. They often occur due to excessive fluid production by a knee. This fluid finds its way out the back of the knee and forms a cyst. Sometimes a tear in the meniscus acts as a one way valve and pumps this fluid out of the knee. Assuming your partial knee was in the same compartment responsible for generating the inflammation, and that the entire meniscus was removed at the time of surgery (a normal part of partial knee replacement surgery), I would expect this cyst to resolve. Since it is persistent, and symptomatic, you could consider aspirating the cyst and injecting cortisone. An alternative would involve excision of the cyst as a last resort.
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