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Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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can a ruptured knee captsule heal itseif

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can a ruptured knee captsule heal itseif
Hi First off can you tell me more about this ruptured capsule and what's been done for it so far?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

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Edward--I haven't given you an answer as yet. It would help greatly if you first could tell me more about the injury
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It was a knee replacement. The injury was due to a doctor trying to check the condition of the knee and the capsule was ruptured. A physiotherapist told me that it would heal itself over time but it hasn't done. There is now a fluid sac under the skin at the side of the knee.

OK Edward. Thanks for that information. Unfortunately at this point I don't think this will heal on its own. For now the fluid needs to be needle aspirated and a cortisone injection given at the same time. Hopefully that along with physical therapy will resolve the problem but the capsule itself won't actually heal
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I have been told that to use a needle to draw the fluid off would be too risky for infection?

Not at all if antiseptic technique is scrupulously followed with cleansing of the skin and Betadine applied and the doctor uses sterile drapes and gloves
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

OK thanks. I will go back to the surgeon who advised me of the risk of infection and said that I would probably need another replacement knee.

Let me know how that goes Edward and please remember to rate my service to you