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Dr. Pradyumna R carefully evaluate your conditions and symptoms associated to your knee pain and knee injuries, based on the diagnostic report and scan he would suggest if so, you are a candidate for Knee Joint Removal of Loose Bodies surgery procedure, he is an highly experienced knee treatment specialist provides diagnosis as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatment options at Bangalore Orthopaedic Clinic, in BTM Layout, Bangalore.

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Loose bodies in the knee joint, also called loose bodies of the knee or chondral loose bodies, are outgrowths from the joint surface. These loose bodies are fragments of detached cartilage or bone that have detached from their original location within the joint and migrated to a different area of the joint. Overall, they may differ in size and shape and may also be free floating (unstable) or trapped (stable).
There are several reasons why you might develop loose bodies in the knee. These include a knee injury, degenerative joint disease such as arthritis and overuse due to work or sports.
If any of the following symptoms occur, you may have loose bodies in the knee:
  • Knee pain
  • Slight swelling
  • Grating sound with knee movement
  • Limited movement of the joint
  • Feeling of some movement in the knee
  • Catching or locking in the joint

Left untreated, loose bodies may result in osteoarthritis, which can cause pain, swelling and decreased range of motion.

Not all knee pain stems from loose bodies within the knee. However, if a patient is experiencing any symptoms related to loose bodies within the knee, they should seek medical attention from an orthopaedic surgeon. If left untreated, loose bodies within the knee may cause further damage to the surrounding tissues. If a patient is experiencing moderate to severe knee pain and has no history of previous trauma, they should see an orthopaedic surgeon.

Even if the patient does not think that they have a serious issue, they should seek medical attention in order to rule anything out. When diagnosing loose bodies within the knee, surgeons examine and test for any visible signs of a loose body. They will also use X-rays (to check for bony elements) and MRI scans (to scan for soft tissue).

Knee arthroscopy, or “clean out” arthroscopy, is a minimally invasive surgery typically resulting in fewer complications and best suited for removing small loose bodies. Large loose bodies that cannot be removed via arthroscopy are treated by open surgery or arthrotomy.

After the surgery, a rehabilitation program may be required to restore your knee’s movement and strength.

The second surgical option, called an arthrotomy, is rarely performed. A surgeon may perform an arthrotomy when the patient’s loose bodies are particularly large. When this is the case, the smaller portals of arthroscopy may not be sufficient to remove the particles. During arthrotomy, a larger incision must be made so that the surgeon can access and remove the loose body.

Following surgery, the surgeon may recommend that the patient participate in physical therapy for two to three weeks. The patient’s physical therapist will help them regain some of the previously lost range of motion and help prevent scar formation in their joint by doing exercises that mimic daily activities.

For more information on Total Knee Replacement, Partial Knee Replacement, or Knee resurfacing and the treatment options available, please call +919113025188. Dr. Pradyumna R, Orthopaedic knee specialist serving BTM Layout, Bangalore City.