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Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?

 
Too_Lazy_To_Login
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Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
Just curious. I've done smaller things and left no scars, haven't had an infection and my results are always very good.

But this would be the biggest procedure yet. I'm still probably going to do it because, as of now, I haven't the money for this procedure at an office or hospital.

Therefore, I'm going to do it on my own. From what I can tell, this is going to be painful, but the relief will be near-instant. Of course proper tools are needed and cleanliness is necessary. If there are any complications (infection, locking, swelling, returning fluid), I will visit an MD or DO.

Equipment:

1. Iodine
2. Rubbing alcohol
3. Distilled water
4. Syringe
5. Clean clothes (to be disposed of immediately)
6. Suturing tools if necessary
7. Temporary brace
8. Thermometer (to test for fever in case of infection)
9. Antibiotics (penicillin, bacampicillin, methicillin [if infection proves resistant to the latter])

Yeah...
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jesus christ fuck no why would you even do that
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Re: Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
Go for it, look up how it's done online to make sure you're doing it right, then do it. (just don't blame me if you screw up! lol)

I don't go to the doctor for anything anymore, I just don't feel the need. Everything either clears up on it's own eventually, or I can take care of it myself. I even have some splints here in case I break a bone, lol, I don't see the need to spend cash on a doctor unless it's extremely serious, and I'm unable to take care of it on my own.
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08/23/2010 11:15 PM
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I'm all for the do-it-yourself approach, just be careful and do a healthy (haha, pun :P ) amount of research about the proper procedural techniques required in addition to proper sanitary precautions. I'm not sure what exactly is wrong with your knee, I'm sure you know the name of the ailment - start there.
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Re: Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
Just curious. I've done smaller things and left no scars, haven't had an infection and my results are always very good.

But this would be the biggest procedure yet. I'm still probably going to do it because, as of now, I haven't the money for this procedure at an office or hospital.

Therefore, I'm going to do it on my own. From what I can tell, this is going to be painful, but the relief will be near-instant. Of course proper tools are needed and cleanliness is necessary. If there are any complications (infection, locking, swelling, returning fluid), I will visit an MD or DO.

Equipment:

1. Iodine
2. Rubbing alcohol
3. Distilled water
4. Syringe
5. Clean clothes (to be disposed of immediately)
6. Suturing tools if necessary
7. Temporary brace
8. Thermometer (to test for fever in case of infection)
9. Antibiotics (penicillin, bacampicillin, methicillin [if infection proves resistant to the latter])

Yeah...
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You are officially NUTS
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08/23/2010 11:17 PM
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He'll be the first Obamacare doc
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go to a livestock supply store.

you can buy sterile hypodermic needles there,

around here we have "farm and fleet" stores i am sure that there is somthing similer where you live
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Re: Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
A few months ago, I sprained it fairly bad. No bones were broken (obviously, if it's a sprain), but they were worried that the meniscus had been damaged (torn, ripped, etc). I kept easy on it for a month and when I worked, I worked very lightly with a braces and plenty of breaks.

I can, as of now, almost walk on it as if the incident never happened. When the doctor has observed the knee, he noted some fluid build up and that if it were to be swelling, it would eventually go down. What I've noticed is that it's actually increased in size somewhat. I've understood from various sources that after this injury, it is common to develop some fluid on the knee (which would cause discomfort).

So, I'd like to tap it first and see what I'm dealing with. The are exhibits no heat or discoloring. It doesn't spread - so, it wouldn't be an infection. Ice and medicine prove to be ineffective against the swollen area (which is about the size of a golf-ball), so I think it's safe to assume that I'm dealing with extra fluid that can be safely drained.

Finally, as I've said before, I've performed a few smaller procedures before and the results were very effective.
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lance away.....Sir Lancealot
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Warranty void unless service performed by authorized technician.

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omg.. dude, don't do that yourself, get a brian moran wtf
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08/23/2010 11:30 PM
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Wow OP! I'm a total nutter and have to be almost before I go near a modern doctor but, man, that seems insane to me!

But, I respect your right to do so and wish you the best. Please let us know how it turns out! Can you make a youtube??? Never know, might be handy knowledge for the future. :)
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Re: Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
Be VERY familiar with knee anatomy first. Look up:

images of CTs and MRIs of knees in this condition,

also look in a good anatomy & physiology textbook for a good 3-dimensional understanding of the knee in order to be sure of your determination of where the fluid pocket is

use a 60cc syringe with luer-lock (screw on) end and about an 18 gauge safety needle

might can get all that at CVS, or of course a nurse or dr. who can grab it for you

use sterile gloves


I'm with you, OP. I'd rather just about perform any surgery on myself than have to go to a doc or hospital where they will really screw me up and then deny they did it. At least I can admit to myself if I screw up playing self-doc

By the way, it's gonna hurt like hell. You might want to consider a few shots of Beam first, but not enough to unsteady your hand of course.

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08/23/2010 11:31 PM
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Re: Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
Wow OP! I'm a total nutter and have to be almost DEAD before I go near a modern doctor but, man, that seems insane to me!

But, I respect your right to do so and wish you the best. Please let us know how it turns out! Can you make a youtube??? Never know, might be handy knowledge for the future. :)
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Forgot an important word there. :)
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Re: Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
mm it´s not a good idea OP..
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08/23/2010 11:32 PM
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Re: Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
Might want to consult an orthopedic text because you need to twist your knee slightly in a specific manner to 'open up' the area you're trying to get at. That maneuver probably has a name and very precise angles.

Good luck!

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make sure you video it if you do and upload to GLP video.
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Try a field medicine text. Military out in the field probably do this all the time. Self education and a sterile field here are your critical items.

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Re: Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
Be VERY familiar with knee anatomy first. Look up:

images of CTs and MRIs of knees in this condition,

also look in a good anatomy & physiology textbook for a good 3-dimensional understanding of the knee in order to be sure of your determination of where the fluid pocket is

use a 60cc syringe with luer-lock (screw on) end and about an 18 gauge safety needle

might can get all that at CVS, or of course a nurse or dr. who can grab it for you

use sterile gloves


I'm with you, OP. I'd rather just about perform any surgery on myself than have to go to a doc or hospital where they will really screw me up and then deny they did it. At least I can admit to myself if I screw up playing self-doc

By the way, it's gonna hurt like hell. You might want to consider a few shots of Beam first, but not enough to unsteady your hand of course.

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1043029


Actually, I'm attending school for an MD. :) I have faith and I'll let everyone know how it turns out.

DO NO TRY THIS. ...Even though, that sort of make me a hypocrite.

And, to other posters, there are multiple videos on YouTube with people doing this at home, and most of the time (there is room for failure) the operation is successful and solves the problem.
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Re: Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
Had a sinus headache so bad once I wanted to drill a whole in the side of my face to relieve the pressure- didn't do it- kind of glad I didn't now but it was damn tempting at the time!
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Re: Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
Fluid may be very gelatinous (jelly-like) and require a great deal more suction than you're expecting to get it out of there ... that's why I recommended the fat needle and big syringe. Ouchie!

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08/23/2010 11:38 PM
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jesus christ fuck no why would you even do that
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UUGGGHHH!!! Fuck, that's hardcore man. Good luck.
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08/23/2010 11:41 PM
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You're crazy. You'll end up with septicemia and die. Take my word for it. YOU'LL DIE!!!
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08/23/2010 11:42 PM
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SURE IT IS!!! Just go do medical school, and an internship at a hospital first!!
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08/23/2010 11:47 PM
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Oral antibiotics won't do you any good once you've contracted blood poisoning. Please OP don't play with your life, you'll end up in intensive care if something goes wrong. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish.
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08/23/2010 11:50 PM
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Oral antibiotics won't do you any good once you've contracted blood poisoning. Please OP don't play with your life, you'll end up in intensive care if something goes wrong. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish.
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Bullshit, Nelson Mandela.
Western oral antibiotics cure everything.
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08/23/2010 11:52 PM
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you get a staph infection down in there, youre dead.
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08/23/2010 11:57 PM
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Re: Is it possible to correctly drain fluid on my knee at home?
Oral antibiotics won't do you any good once you've contracted blood poisoning. Please OP don't play with your life, you'll end up in intensive care if something goes wrong. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish.

Bullshit, Nelson Mandela.
Western oral antibiotics cure everything.
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Excuse me, South Africa was indeed a modern first world westernised country until the blacks took over in 1994. lol!

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