Throughout the knee there are several bursae (fluid filled sacs) that function to lessen the friction between soft tissue structures and bone. Bursae can become inflamed and symptomatic with repetitive movements or direct contact, such as kneeling or a fall. Initial treatment consists of medication and ice to relieve the pain, stretching and strengthening exercises, and modification of the activity that initially caused the problem to occur. If symptoms persist or recur, withdrawing fluid from the bursa, with or without a steroid injection, may be needed. Bursae that persist despite conservative treatment, that recur, or that are infected may require surgical excision (removal).
Dr. Chudik performs the surgery with the either the assistance of an arthroscope (small camera that allows you look inside the body) or a through a limited open incision. Dr. Chudik uses special instruments to remove the inflamed bursa tissue. Following surgery, you may be placed on crutches to help with balance and you may need to attend six weeks of post-operative physical therapy to restore full strength and knee function.
You may return to activities when there is no pain and when full knee range of motion, muscle strength and endurance, and functional use has been restored.