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Knee surgeries. Have bruises on knee cap, swelling, lost stability. What can help?

I have had 5 knee surgeries on my right knee (my last surgery was in 01/12) and on Saturday I fell going up concrete stairs. I have two small unimpressive bruises for the amount of pain the fall created. Swelling in my right knee with a bruise on my knee cap and a small bruise about 34- below my knee cap on my left knee with back of knee pain on the left outer side (where no contact was made.) I have been icing and elevating my swollen right knee. I don t feel like I have lost any stability in my knee(s). And though it is painful - I have not lost any range of motion. If/when should I go see a Dr?
Asked On : Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

If you are walking normally, it excludes a fracture in your limbs.

From the description, it seems to be only a soft tissue contusion. This generally will heal spontaneously over a period of time.

The initial management is as follows -

* Rest to the injured part and dont involve in activities which puts additional strain on the injured tissues.
* Ice packing should be applied for about 20 minutes once in every 2 hours.
* Use elastic compression bandage around the swollen area
* Elevation of the limb
* Analgesic & anti inflammatory medications

If your symptoms are not resolving with the above measures, consult an orthopedic surgeon

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Fri, 19 Jul 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Manjula R's  Response
you have repeated knee injuries and surgeries, now you have injured and having swelling and lost stability in the knee joint..
better to see the orthopedician, if there is ligament tear or meniscal tear.. needs to be treated..
get well soon..
Answered: Fri, 19 Jul 2013
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