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*VANITY* Torn meniscus diagnosis, arthroscopic surgery?
08/30/12 | IndyTiger

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?


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: knee; meniscuc
Thanks in advance for your comments.
1 posted on 08/30/2012 8:41:54 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: IndyTiger

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.


2 posted on 08/30/2012 8:43:47 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: IndyTiger
I haven't had it personally, but about half of the folks in my last USAFR unit had the surgery. They were younger than you (and me), and swore by it as being the best thing since sliced bread. YMMV.

/johnny

3 posted on 08/30/2012 8:45:27 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: IndyTiger

Do it. Cortisone will completely wreck your knee.


4 posted on 08/30/2012 8:45:33 AM PDT by DManA
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To: IndyTiger

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!


5 posted on 08/30/2012 8:47:42 AM PDT by SoKatt ("Change" is not a strategy!)
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To: IndyTiger

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.


6 posted on 08/30/2012 8:48:01 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: IndyTiger

Joey Votto ofthe Reds did this six weeks ago. He returns to the Reds active roster this Saturday.


7 posted on 08/30/2012 8:48:25 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: IndyTiger

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.
Good luck.
Oh the first one I was 30, not so well. Second one I was 55 and that was a breeze.


8 posted on 08/30/2012 8:49:15 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: IndyTiger

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!


9 posted on 08/30/2012 8:50:25 AM PDT by SageofRugby
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To: IndyTiger
I never had surgery like that but I've had some chronic knee problems associated with minor irregularities in the "design" of my knees dating back to birth.

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!

10 posted on 08/30/2012 8:50:33 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: IndyTiger

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


11 posted on 08/30/2012 8:53:01 AM PDT by Nifster
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Dude, I am 8 weeks out from complete knee replacement and around your same age. In the 70’s they didn't treat torn meniscus. They just said, you'll have arthritis when you reach 40. Try to fix it now or suffer bone on bone arthritis. Careful regarding infection though. Get the BEST surgeon! There are all kinds of improvements in techniques.
12 posted on 08/30/2012 8:53:10 AM PDT by poobear (Socialism, in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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I have two partial meniscectomies and one full. Easy surgery, easy recovery. I was back at work the day after surgery for all three (teaching). I coached a football player that only missed one game after having a partial meniscectomy. The problem I'm dealing with now is arthritis developing in the joint... a common complication due to knee surgery. I'll likely need knee replacement surgery in 5-10 years.
13 posted on 08/30/2012 8:54:13 AM PDT by rightsmart
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To: IndyTiger
A colleague just went through it last month (bicycle crash) - he's still in physical therapy but is walking so well you can't really tell he has a problem. Now he's shopping for a new bike.

Knee surgery used to be soooo much worse. Good luck!

14 posted on 08/30/2012 8:57:31 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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I am seeing an orthopedic surgeon and may possibly elect for arthroscopic surgery...

 

 

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.

God Bless.

15 posted on 08/30/2012 8:59:24 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: JRandomFreeper
half of the folks in my last USAFR unit had the surgery.
Ah, that requires some explanation ...
How many is "half" ... 6, 110?
Were they all AF related injuries?
How did they all get injured?
Were they scamming/gaming the system for a military disability check?
16 posted on 08/30/2012 9:02:57 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: IndyTiger
The only "doctor/patient" contact I've ever had with an Orthopedic Surgeon is for my hip replacement.For the first few months after the surgery I cursed the surgeon with every waking breath for having convinced me to have it done.Today I kiss the ground he walks on.IOW,at first things were tough...far tougher than I expected.But today I feel like a teenager again.

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.

Good luck!

17 posted on 08/30/2012 9:04:16 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Voter ID Equals "No Representation Without Respiration")
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To: IndyTiger

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.


18 posted on 08/30/2012 9:05:11 AM PDT by privatedrive
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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.


19 posted on 08/30/2012 9:05:39 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: IndyTiger

My VA Ortho was ... Dr Bone

100% truth.


20 posted on 08/30/2012 9:06:42 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: IndyTiger

Be thankful you didn’t tear your rotator cuff.


21 posted on 08/30/2012 9:07:48 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: IndyTiger

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.

My advice?

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.


22 posted on 08/30/2012 9:09:25 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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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!


23 posted on 08/30/2012 9:14:42 AM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: taxcontrol
My VA Ortho was ... Dr Bone

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

24 posted on 08/30/2012 9:15:33 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Voter ID Equals "No Representation Without Respiration")
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To: oh8eleven
15 or 20. All were injured playing sports. No gaming the military disability. Just a bunch of hard-charging sports fans that play a cut-throat game of B-Ball. Most had the surgery under their civilian insurance.

/johnny

25 posted on 08/30/2012 9:24:35 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: fatnotlazy

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.....


26 posted on 08/30/2012 9:25:30 AM PDT by Youngman542012
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To: IndyTiger

couple months recovery, expect arthritis to develop.


27 posted on 08/30/2012 9:35:46 AM PDT by Godzilla (3/7/77)
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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.


28 posted on 08/30/2012 9:41:58 AM PDT by rlmorel ("It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong." Voltaire)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I was at the hospital this morning for a hernia operation that got canceled until Monday because of emergency surgeries. I had ipom some months ago for a hernia and there was a four percent chance that the hernia would return and it did. I told my wife when the doctors give me a four percent chance, you need to add 100 to that.

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.

29 posted on 08/30/2012 9:49:47 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I used to want to change the world. Now, I want to stop the world from changing me.)
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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.


30 posted on 08/30/2012 10:01:47 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: IndyTiger

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.


31 posted on 08/30/2012 10:03:50 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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I am 55 and 3 years ago had pain and an MRI - torn medial meniscus but my ortho suggested the possibility of spontaneous repair. I babied the knee, took lots of vitamins, and rode the bike with only moderate strain. After 6 months of it bugging me it resolved spontaneously.

No idea if my tear was as severe as yours but there is a possibility of a no-surgery option. Good Luck!

32 posted on 08/30/2012 10:04:34 AM PDT by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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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.


33 posted on 08/30/2012 10:08:47 AM PDT by Salvey
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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.


34 posted on 08/30/2012 10:17:10 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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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.


35 posted on 08/30/2012 10:37:22 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: oh8eleven
Were they scamming/gaming the system for a military disability check?

Probably...'cuz that while people join the military. /s

36 posted on 08/30/2012 12:52:15 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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