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NFT: Knee Aspiration

Chris in San Diego : 8/14/2019 10:14 am
Hi all. Going to the ortho doc today for fluid directly on top of the kneecap. Its been there since a snowboarding fall in March. Nothing hurts at all and I still do everything with no pain. Just wondering if anyone has experienced a downside to an aspiration?

Oh btw, the tonsil stone thread is probably the grossest thread ever. I commend you!
why do it?  
ColHowPepper : 8/14/2019 11:03 am : link
if you're experiencing no pain and have full mobility?

answer to your question: no. Slightly uncomfortable as the fluid is withdrawn, but you won't faint.
Pete in MD : 8/14/2019 11:30 am : link
it doesn't matter how hard it works and perseveres, it will always be a knee.
JerrysKids : 8/14/2019 11:38 am : link
your not in any pain, why do a invasive procedure? I would cancel. The Dr. wants to do it because this is $$$..
Archer : 8/14/2019 11:44 am : link
My experience with aspiration has been very positive.

Fluid can accumulate due to inflation in the knee.
The aspiration is quite easy and quick. They use a needle and draw out the fluids.

In some cases the fluid dissipates on its own.
If it does not some doctors prefer to remove it as a preventive procedure.

AcidTest : 8/14/2019 11:46 am : link
luck. I hope you feel better.
Itís definitely preventative  
UConn4523 : 8/14/2019 11:50 am : link
I wouldnít want it there either even if it didnít cause pain. It could lead to something else. Itís risk reward, and draining a knee is low risk. Fluid can cause it to get infected and then you can enjoy how that goes. Itís about as cheap a procedure as there is, canít see this being a money grab.
Chris in San Diego : 8/14/2019 1:16 pm : link
rmc3981 : 8/14/2019 6:43 pm : link
because the first thing a Dr does is think about doing unnecessary procedures for money. I've been an orthopedic surgeon for 34 years and have not only never even dreamed of doing that, I'm in a group of twelve of us, and it doesn't EVER happen. Insulting. Maybe you should know what his diagnosis is and why the aspiration is being done. Maybe its to aspirate calcium pyrophosphate crystals to confirm a diagnosis. Ignorant comment from an ignorant person. Yes, we're all here to steal your money. Moron.
Haha, a major joint aspiration/injection pays out $60 roughly.  
Jim in Hoboken : 8/14/2019 9:09 pm : link
More for commercial insurance, but nobody's getting rich doing knee aspirations.

PRP, stem cell on the other hand...
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Chris in San Diego : 8/14/2019 9:40 pm : link
Wouldnt do an aspiration without a sterile operating room environment...says risk of infection is too great.

Ice, aleve, compression sleeve. If the fluid is still there he will schedule the operating room....said that it sometimes takes several months to heal.

Im in north county san diego and he had a bunch of thanks doc posters of pro surfers and skateboarders hanging on the wall. That makes him legit in my mind. Lol
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