Lanette F. Smith, MD
Location and Office HoursBreast Surgery of Tulsa
6475 S Yale
Tulsa, OK 74136
- Hillcrest Medical Center
What is Sinding-Larsen-Johansson disease?
Sinding-Larsen-Johansson disease is an overuse injury seen mostly in young, active preteen boys. They will report pain in the front of the knee just below the patella (kneecap). It is an inflammation (tendonitis) of the patellar tendon at the lower end of the patella. You will often see calcification in this area on x-rays. It is not to be confused with Osgood-Schlatter disease.
What is the recovery process from minimally invasive surgery?
The recovery process from minimally invasive surgery can vary from person to person and depend on the particular operation.
In general, people who undergo minimally invasive surgery tend to experience less pain and discomfort and recover more quickly than people who undergo traditional surgery.
The primary reason for the difference is that in minimally invasive surgery, doctors make a few small incisions rather than the one large incision used in traditional "open" surgery. The small incisions usually cause less bleeding and pain and heal faster than the larger incision.
What can I do to manage my meniscus tear?
If you have recently injured your knee, follow these first-aid steps to reduce pain and swelling:
- Rest and reduce activity. Avoid motions or positions that cause discomfort. Depending on your injury and pain, your doctor may recommend crutches and a brace.
- Put ice or a cold pack on your knee for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Try to do this every 1 to 2 hours for the next 3 days (when you are awake) or until the swelling goes down. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin.
- Elevate your knee higher than your heart.
- Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
- Follow your doctor's instructions for rest and rehabilitation of your knee.
If the tear is minor and your symptoms go away, your doctor may recommend a set of exercises to build up your quadriceps and hamstring muscles and increase your flexibility. It's important to follow your doctor's guidance to avoid a new or repeat injury.
Your recovery time after surgery will depend on many things, including the injury and the type of surgery you have.
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