Skip to comments.*VANITY* Torn meniscus diagnosis, arthroscopic surgery?
Posted on 08/30/2012 8:41:50 AM PDT by IndyTiger
*Vanity post* I'm 55 years old, diagnosed with a torn meniscus cartilage on the inner right knee. Got injured playing ball about six months ago, slipped and fell running the bases.
I had the knee drained and got a cortisone shot a couple of months ago, but it started hurting again recently. Got an MRI where the diagnosis was made. Not sure yet of the extent of the tear, or if there is fraying of the meniscus also.
I am seeing an orthopedic surgeon and may possibly elect for arthroscopic surgery. Any FReepers have surgery for a torn meniscus? How long was the recovery? Any after effects?
6-8 weeks of recovery, but I was in my 20s. Once you can tolerate it, I suggest walking to get your legs back. Otherwise, you’re gonna get stiff.
Do as much gym work as possible to stay in shape, but obviously nothing with that knee.
Do it. Cortisone will completely wreck your knee.
Been there, done that. Arthro’s not fun, but it’s much less invasive & painful (and has a much quicker recovery time) than an open procedure. You’ll feel like hell for a few days ( painkillers help; so does ice and elevation )and will probably have crutches for a week or so. It’s really not that big a deal, and you’ll feel a lot better once it’s done. Best advice I can give you: drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruit (or laxatives) if you’re taking pain meds. Hope this helps!
Left knee at 53.
Surgery was quick and uneventful and bedrest with iced knee for three days.
6 to 8 weeks recovery with physical therapy.
Pretty much a snap but count on being limited as to activities for a couple of months.
Joey Votto ofthe Reds did this six weeks ago. He returns to the Reds active roster this Saturday.
Make sure you follow through with physical therapy.
I have had on both knees.
Right knee a breeze, left knee not so much, both were at a surgical center and I was in an out in just a few hours.
Don’t push the recovery, follow docs instructions, and if you are having discomfort take meds.
The second surgery the doc wrote a script for an ice machine to reduce swelling, that was nice.
Oh the first one I was 30, not so well. Second one I was 55 and that was a breeze.
I was 55 when I had my knee scoped for a torn meniscus on the right knee. I had tolerated intermittent pain for six months before. During surgery they found a bone spur and debris under my kneecap so I got a threefer!. The first week was the hardest due to the stiffness and keeping the leg somewhat immobile. I went through about six weeks of PT including daily home exercises. Once I was back to normal I had stiffness in the mornings for the better part of a year. One day while mowing my yard I stepped in a hole and twisted my knee. After that I no longer had the stiffness. My primary MD said it probably loosened scar tissue and 14 years later I’m still doing OK. The key is the PT. Do it!
I'll wait to see what others who have gone through this might say, but I have two general comments:
1. Always keep in mind that you'll have to keep exercising these joints to keep them healthy as you age.
2. After your surgery, ask your orthopedist if he/she thinks inline skating is something you might consider. When I had a problem with one of my knees about 15 years ago, I asked my orthopedist if he thought I was doing myself any harm with my inline skating. I was surprised when he said: "Keep doing it! I recommend inline skating for all of my knee patients after surgery. It's a great form of exercise, but without the pounding on the joints that you get with running."
Good luck -- and keep us posted!
Your doc will decide if you are a candidate for what type of surgery. Follow your doc’s advice, that’s why you pay him
Knee surgery used to be soooo much worse. Good luck!
Trust me. You WILL have the surgery. If you ask a surgeon if he should operate... He will say yes. But over all, you will be glad you did. I have never had it, but I understand the results will be very good.
I'm typing this now with limited use of my left hand. I just had tendon surgery done 10 days ago to repair torn tendons in my left wrist. You can get cortizone shots. You can RICE the injury. Whatever. The best bet is surgical repair.
One piece of direct experience I can impart,after a 20 year career at a major hospital,is go the biggest hospital your insurance will cover.If you're in Indiana consider going to a major Chicago hospital or the Cleveland Clinic.It does make a difference.
I’ve had two arthro’s for torn meniscus - same knee. First one I was awake for the procedure - second time they put me out. First time recovery was easier. Either way - a few days of hell but then things get better. Good advice - DO THE PHYSICAL THERAPY - all of it - and follow their directions. Keeping your weight down may be the important thing you can do in the future. Also - make sure to go doctor shopping - ask around - find yourself a surgeon - preferably one who specializes in sports injuries - who has done many hunderds of these.
My brother had separate surgeries on both knees about 10 years ago. Can’t say what type of injury he had, but the surgery did wonders for him. I think 6-8 weeks of recovery sounds about right, but I would have to ask him. He’s 62 now and still an avid skier.
My VA Ortho was ... Dr Bone
Be thankful you didn’t tear your rotator cuff.
Had meniscus at 55 followed by ACL repair at 56. Odd are that I did in the last of my ACL a couple days after the meniscus repair by falling doing something stupid.
1. Find the *best* surgeon you can - I can’t tell you how to do that but I don’t believe that they’re all alike.
2. Do NOT be by yourself after the surgery (like I did)- having someone at home with you is a MUST.
3. Rehab is key after ACL repair - after just a meniscus probably not so much but after any surgery your quads *will* atrophy and they *do* need to be built back up.
4. The knee is a cipher wrapped in a riddle wrapped in an enigma. You’ll feel all sorts of twinges, pains, clicks, pops and you won’t always be able to sort them out.
I have had this a few times. Once about 20 years ago, another about 6. The last one I did while walking out of a store at Disney World. Spent the rest of the trip in a wheel chair.
I was up and about in less than a week after the surgery. You have to do the therapy. Don’t try to take it easy. Get out and walk as much as you can.
When it is time, ask about Simvisc. WONDERFUL stuff. I have pretty severe arthritis in both my knees and it controls it wonderfully. No pain, no swelling. The boss even got me on a bicycle!
Twenty year career at a large hospital...we had an Orthopedic Surgeon named Fingeroff and a Urologist named Waters.We also had a Dr Couch who,sadly,wasn't a Psychiatrist
I have had three....two on the left one on the right....they help..but you will never be back to what you were....and you probably will need another one every 10 years or so...until you have nothing left ..then a Knee replacement is next...that is in my future...go to a pro...the first day is great ..you are full of painkillers....the second day it kills you...then tapers off over the first week...after that you slowly get back to say 85%...you will never reach 100% again...I am an old hockey player..runner..bicycler..hiker..skier..first one at 32...last one at 52.....
couple months recovery, expect arthritis to develop.
I get the impression a torn meniscus is not that bad a thing to address, but I suppose it depends on just how badly it is torn.
I played hockey for 15 years, then got a bucket-handle tear of my medial meniscus while playing damned pickup volleyball. Go figure.
They just went in and removed the torn part, and years later, still feels good, but I am too nervous to ski, and couldn’t play hockey anymore.
In the waiting area they sat me in this morning there were a few magazines and a single paperback titled “Ambush” by Paul Carson, which seems to be about a doctor who becomes a vigilante killer.
I told my wife about the book (which i borrowed and have me) and said: Now watch, my doctor is going to turn out to be a killer and I will be fighting for my life in the operation room.
My wife said there is a really small chance that would happen but I reminded her that with me you have to add 100.
I guess everyone is different. My brother has always been active. He also has a high threshold for pain; so if he was having problems now, I would never hear about it. Now that he’s retired, he’s never home during the winter months. Always skiing. I think he has skied off every hill and mountain in the world.
You’re right about having a pro do the work. My brother’s surgeon was (or maybe still is?) the surgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh sports teams. He probably could do this surgery in his sleep.
Had both knees done in my early 40’s. 6 weeks apart.
Follow thru with the physical therapy and you will be up and moving in no time.
No idea if my tear was as severe as yours but there is a possibility of a no-surgery option. Good Luck!
I was told by my orthopedist that if I were willing and patient enough to wait for one year, I might very well avoid the need for surgery. I waited it out and sure enough, the pain was gone and surgery not needed. I was in my late 60’s at the time.
I was 50 yrs old and I was carrying a 40 pound canoe and a 45 pound backpack. I fell on my right knee. I had the surgery...not arthroscopic, and it healed up nicely. I am 55 now and have no pain. I jog three times a week.
I’m currently on the DL due to knee pain, but the X-ray diagnosis was osteoarthritis. Doc (GP) said rest it, take prednisone a week, then get back to range-of-motion stetches gradually and lay off the b-ball for a couple of weeks. If it doesn’t improve to an occasional twinge in another week I’ll consider a visit to the ortho specialist.
Probably...'cuz that while people join the military. /s
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