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Old 03-02-2004, 02:52 AM   #1
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Default recovery time for getting fluid drained from knee(s)?

so my right knee is pretty swollen/pudgy on the side and feels like water when i poke it. the other one is a little bit watery, but not visably so. i "have" to go skiing for 10 days next week, but after that i'm going to the docter. supposing they just drain one or both of them (syringe+suck = happy knees) how long am i expected to need to recover? also: what is involved in it. i've got stuff to do after i get back, so if it takes more than a few days/1 week tops i'll jsut have to keep ignoring it.

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Old 03-02-2004, 02:58 AM   #2
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Oh boy......You need to get it drained and you think you can ski 10 days first? ummmmm yeah......I doubt that will be happening.

When I had to have mine drained it was not bad at all after the procedure.....it removed all the pressure and I was ok after a few days.....

How long has it been swollen? Are you sure its not going to be 3x the size when you wake up tommorow?

My knee just got worse and worse during 48 hours and then I had it drained.

You might actually be better off getting it drained first.......
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Old 03-02-2004, 03:00 AM   #3
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Recovery time after the procedure is zero.

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Old 03-02-2004, 03:42 AM   #4
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IIRC, my dad was ready to go right after his knee was drained.
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Old 03-02-2004, 05:36 AM   #5
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Id imagine it the recovery time has to do with why your knee is swollen and not the drainage. Ive gotten my knee drained on 3 seperate occasions all from dislocating my knee which caused it to swell. The actually draining is quick and usually painless as long as they dont hit your bone or anything with the needle. If i recall correctly they first give you a shot of novicaine or whatever then they stick another needle in you and suck out whatever comes out.

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Old 03-02-2004, 08:33 AM   #6
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Oh dude having your fluid drained sux. The doctor takes a HUGE 20 or 50cc syringe with a long and thick needle. Kinda like the one Travolta stuck into Uma Thurman's chest in Pulp Fiction. They spray freeze your knee, and then insert this needle under the knee cap. You can't really feel it at first, but then the freeze wears off, and you feel it inside the knee. For me the doctor had to fill one syringe, unscrew it from the needle leaving it sticking from my knee, and then screw it back again and suck out another one. Ewww. But once he was done, I felt much better.
Just keep popping antibiotics!
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Old 03-02-2004, 08:41 AM   #7
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I've had this done - oh - about 10 times. First few times, I really had to brace myself for the pain. It's an unusual pain 'cuz it's way in the joint, not superficial at all.

However, one time another doctor in the office did it and he was like - stab, suck, out - with my barely knowing he did it. He said there's this little void you have to go through with the needle and it doesn't hurt. Mmmmmm yeeeeeah, I would ask your doctor if he knows about that spot. That would be great.

And, as Janq said, recovery time == 0.
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Old 03-02-2004, 09:50 AM   #8
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cool! thanks guys. i'll definetly be going to the doctor asap now that i know its not that big of a deal.

i've had bad knees since middleschool. in december i jumped off a medium sized cliff and something popped in my knee when i landed funny. my knee has been extra sore and swollen since then. i'm pretty sure i can squeeze another 10 days out of it.


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Screw bone joints, go for titanium!
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Old 03-02-2004, 10:13 AM   #10
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cool! thanks guys. i'll definetly be going to the doctor asap now that i know its not that big of a deal.

i've had bad knees since middleschool. in december i jumped off a medium sized cliff and something popped in my knee when i landed funny. my knee has been extra sore and swollen since then. i'm pretty sure i can squeeze another 10 days out of it.


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u may be able to squeeze 10 days more but with just walking.
i doubt u will be fit enough to go skiing.

a few things may have happened when u heard this "audible" pop and have the swelling. sounds to me u have some fluid in the knee joint called effusion which means u have either a torn ACL, PCL , meniscus tear or all of them. all this means u go to the OR and get scoped and have them repaired.

i wouldnt recommend going skiing. an MRI will confirm the diagnosis.

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Old 03-02-2004, 01:48 PM   #11
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crap... i really don't need to spend my whole summer rehabbing a nuked knee.

thanks for the advice.

grant - mri bound
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