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Does knee swelling and bursa sac damage need knee replacement?

I fell on my knee 3 wks ago..3 yrs ago I had an arthroscopy and was told I would need a knee replacement in 5 yrs. Now my knee is swollen and blood keeps collecting near the knee cap and the bursa sac has been damaged. Will I need a whole knee replacement or can my orthopedic dr. clean up the damage..Don t really want invasive knee surgery
Fri, 12 Jun 2020
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Hi,

Knee replacement is done when knee is permanently damaged and deformed because of long standing conditions and not because of 3 weeks old injury and swelling. Swelling will subside on it own all you need to do is to get adequate rest and ice fomentation, even then of it persists then knee aspiration is warranted, in which fluid will be sucked out of your knee with the help of a syringe.

As far as knee replacement is considered it will depend solely on the condition of the articulating surfaces of knee, associated deformity and pain you are having because of that before the recent injury. You need to get an X-ray done, on the basis of it replacement can be planned if required.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Rohan Shanker Tiwari, Orthopedic Surgeon
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Does knee swelling and bursa sac damage need knee replacement?

Hi, Knee replacement is done when knee is permanently damaged and deformed because of long standing conditions and not because of 3 weeks old injury and swelling. Swelling will subside on it own all you need to do is to get adequate rest and ice fomentation, even then of it persists then knee aspiration is warranted, in which fluid will be sucked out of your knee with the help of a syringe. As far as knee replacement is considered it will depend solely on the condition of the articulating surfaces of knee, associated deformity and pain you are having because of that before the recent injury. You need to get an X-ray done, on the basis of it replacement can be planned if required. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Rohan Shanker Tiwari, Orthopedic Surgeon