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Water on the knee prior to TKR

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by IaDave, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. IaDave

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    I went to have a cortisone injection the middle of Dec and scheduled my surgery for March 28th. Two weeks after the injection my knee swelled up just above the knee cap. After having done a TKR on the other knee I knew the routine - rest, ice, compression and elevation.

    After a week no improvement so I saw the surgeon (gout was already ruled out) and he didn't believe it was infected and didn't want to aspirate this close to surgery. He said keep doing what I'm doing and it should settle down in 6-8 weeks but I'm approaching 8 weeks with little improvement. My question is will they proceed with surgery if the knee is still swollen?
     
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    @IaDave,
    Welcome back to BoneSmart!
    Give your surgeon a call and tell him your knee has not changed since your last visit. Let us know what they say.

    I will tag @Josephine, to address your concerns about your knee still being swollen.

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  3. Josephine

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    I would imagine that what you have is suprapatellar bursitis and that the swelling was co-incidental to the injection. It occurred too long afterwards.

    suprapatella bursa.jpg

    As to whether the surgeon will still operate or not, only he can say. But I suggest you don't muddy the water by telling him it was 'caused by' the cortisone injection!
     
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    As was mentioned, call their office to notify them it has not resolved. Be sure to get a response as to the next step.
     
  5. IaDave

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    Saw the surgeon yesterday and no issue with the swelling they will just suction it out during surgery. March 28th can't come soon enough tired of not being able to do anything.
     
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    Yes, that's what they do! Simple approaches are always best!
     

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