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Knee pain

I started having pain in my right knee recently.  I have a little roundish bulge that hurts at the side of my knee and there may be a little bit of swelling there too.  To give some background, several years ago an MRI showed that I tore my ACL or ligament in my right knee, but decided not to do anything about it at the time.  After some time the pain stopped and I was okay. Now after several years the pain has come back.  I can still put pressure on my knee, but it has been hurting quite a bit lately at the spot where that bulge is.  
Is it possible to still have arthroscopic procedure/surgery to repair the knee/ligaments after so many years or do I need complete knee replacement or something else?

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1711789 tn?1361311607
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Hi there!

Well, without a clinical evaluation it would be difficult to determine the cause of your symptoms. Possibilities that may need to be considered include patellar dislocation, chondromalacia, infections/ inflammations, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, cyst formation, bone growths/ tumours, nerve impingement/ compression, fractures, injuries to the internal knee ligaments/ menisci etc. It would still be possible to do an ACL repair if indicated, knee replacement is usually considered as the last resort in most cases. I would suggest consulting an orthopedician for a detailed evaluation and suggestion of an appropriate management plan
Hope this helps.

Take care!
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