I have been having bad infections with knee bursitus, inflamation and infections, so anyway they are taking out the sac on my knee, has anyone had this done and what is realistic recovery time. Hate to be down from skiing. Going under the knife July 16. It needs to be done though , is a pain in the buttt.
Think i will be skiing in 3 weeks after? Am looking forward to this season so much. Hate to be down and letting my team down
Well I am an Orthopaedic Physician Assistant with 12 years of experience and I used to be a knee specialist so I should be able to help.
First of all when did this infection start?
How did it start? (did you fall or get a splinter stuck in your knee etc?)
Are you going under the knife on July 16th or June? (seems like a long time to wait if it is a true infection)
Have you had it drained yet? Was it sent to the lab to be tested?
I will try to check back tonight for your reply and then i can give you a better answer to your question. Hope you can get back on the water soon!
Thanks for the reply. Yes has been drainded a few times over the years. Infection seems to keep reoccuring about every 5 to 6 weeks. Fills full of puss. Surgery is July 16. I am a mechanic so i have been upand down on my knee over 35 years, so its taking its tol on me.n hAs been worse the last year off and on.
Well without seeing your knee it sounds like you have a chronic bursitis as opposed to an infectious bursitis. Chronic bursitis is classically seen in patients who are on thier knees all the time at work or working in the yard all the time etc. If it was infectious I would think they would do surgery like now, not wait 6 weeks and then do surgery. Either way if you have had it drained and have tried compressive dressings with no relief in the bursitis then bursectomy (removal of the bursa) is recomended.
The bad news is a bursectomy is typically difficult to heal because you need to bend your knee and this causes stress on the incision site, the area even after the bursa is removed will still swell, again putting stress on the incision, and many times a bursitis can re-occur if you don't lay low after the surgery.
All of that said if you were my patient I would say the quickest time to return to skiing after the surgery would be 4 weeks and that is if everything goes well. Remember skiing requires a lot of bending with your knee combined with the bacteria in the water which is a haven for recurrent infection. That incision needs to be well healed before you should get back in the water. One suggestion is to find out if you truly have an infectious bursitis and if you do get that surgery moved up so you can get back to the sport you love. If you find out that it is chronic bursitis then I would just live with it with serial aspirations(getting it drained) until after the season and then get the surgery.
One last question... are you on antibiotics?
Hope this helps