Patient Comments: Joint Aspiration - complications


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Comment from: Moozebean, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

My joint aspiration injection barely hurt! There were no complications, and he prescribed a topical cream to use. The pain went away before I left the room.

Comment from: Jennifer, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I had a joint aspiration done yesterday in the emergency room. I currently have a torn meniscus and am waiting for surgery. It has been one year since my injury. I will tell you this… they will have to put me out before they ever do that again! I have an extremely high pain tolerance, however this was pure torture, unlike anything I have ever experienced. I felt like I was going to pass out. It was so bad. Never again! They didn’t even get it all.

Comment from: Eyjude45, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I had joint aspiration of the hip this past Friday and it was pure torture. I have never ever had pain like this. He didn't extract any fluid and I am clueless why I am having a total hip replacement this Tuesday and just want it over. My lab tests showed elevating in 2 labs and they wanted to evaluate the fluid to be sure of no infection in the hip. My concern is if he couldn't find fluid there is still chance of infection there so I am quite nervous!

Comment from: MC, Female (Patient) Published: June 01

Arthrocentesis or joint aspiration of my knee hurt awfully, and I have a high pain threshold. That said, it made such a dramatic, albeit transitory, improvement to mobility that I'm looking to have it done again.

Comment from: Clementine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 03

I had an arthrocentesis (joint aspiration) last week. Mine was done to insert medication into my arthritic right knee. Quite simply, the procedure was excruciating. While not the first painful procedure I've endured in my life, it was the only one in which my body involuntarily and violently popped up from the table in reaction to the sudden severe pain from the needle. Joint aspiration is a procedure proven to be helpful for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. This was simply my experience, and I would do it again if my doctor of 25 years, whom I trust, ordered it in my best interest. I would just be more aware of what to expect and ask for additional numbing medication prior to the injection.

Comment from: Beth, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 02

My 10 year old son had to have fluid removed from his knee. The doctor sprayed his knee with a numbing spray for about 2 seconds and then inserted the large needle into his knee. He screamed so loud from pain and to stop because he could feel all the pain. The doctor continued to push and my son is now traumatized from this procedure. I researched this procedure and it says that a needle should have been used to provide relief.


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