meniscus repair

by nancy
(north carolina)

I had arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus. I was sent home, no crutches, no limits other than no running or squatting. After the block wore off, several hours later, I could not bear weight and barely ambulate. I did have some old crutches here and used them for seveal weeks. Had the sutures removed, they said I was doing great. 2.5 weeks later, I tried to get up and the knee would not work and pain was unbearable. I could not ambulate at all. Is this normal? I ask the PA who removed the sutures if I accidently hyperextended the knee would it hurt anything? Her comment was it will hurt you, but not the knee.
This recovery has been extremely painful for weeks, is this normal? They virtually have given me no limits, now I am worried I have damaged something from walking and bearing weight. I know I never want to go through this again.
Thank you so very much,
Nancy

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May 25, 2008
update
by: Nancy

2.5 weeks after menicus repair sudden pain, regression in ability to ambulate.pain incision site, increased edema. Sensitive pain, to touch, upper thigh. Had fear of deep vein thrombosis.
Instructed to ER for Doppler, x-rays, CBC.
All tests revealed nothing, ER MD, suggested maybe Shingles from the trauma. Shingles did not present. Does anyone know what possibly could have happened, after apparent progression, then suddenly regression? What a frustrating experience with this surgery.

May 27, 2008
When was your surgery?
by: Bart - SII

Sorry for the delay in answering your question Nancy. Reading through your post and then your update, I am confused as to how long ago your surgery was...I am guessing 5 or more weeks - is that about right?

As for the sudden increase in pain and inability to ambulate - I would have also been concerned about a clot - but that seems to be clear.

Sometimes following a meniscus surgery the knee can become sensitive to increases in activities...your PA was right in that you won't really hurt anything in the knee by being up on it, however, it can increase your pain and swelling. Do you remember being up on your feet a lot the day before the increase in pain?

I always worry when doctors send people home without crutches or much guidance...true, some people do not need crutches after a knee scope, but others do.

Are you doing any type of guided rehabilitation? I would recommend this as it will help you progress and make sure that things are going the way they should.

Everyone will recover at a different rate after knee surgery, so I would just go at your own pace and not try to do too much...and talk to your doctor about rehab if you are not already doing that...it really helps a lot.

Hope this helps - comment back with other questions.


Jun 01, 2008
torn meniscus
by: Nancy

No, I am not in rehab, go back to orthopedist on Tues. This surgery has been extremely painful. I have heard once a person has Arthoscopic knee surgery that they will eventually will have to have a complete knee replacement and will end up with Osteoarthritis. Have you found this to be true?

Jun 04, 2008
mensicus surgery
by: Nancy

Surgery was April 28, 08. Orthopedic surgeon ruled out deep vein thrombosis, infection, yesterday,June 3, 08. Does not know why I am still having pain, at times not able to ambulate, without aid. Does not think I have a new injury, says possibly nailed a nerve while doing the portals. Took me off antimflammatory,gave RX for Ultram. Ordered rehab therapy. Has anyone heard of this cause for continued pain before? If so, does the nerve heal?

Jun 12, 2008
nerve damage meniscus repair
by: Anonymous

Went for therapy yesterday. I could do all of the things at home. PT said 6 to 12 months for full recovery. As far as the nerve healing, she said that takes a long time. anyone else have this problem?

Jun 12, 2008
How are you feeling?
by: Bart - SII

You have had quite the ordeal with this surgery! I am glad that you got some direction from the PT - at least exercises that you can work on at home - Make sure that if you don't feel like you are progressing or are having trouble that you call your PT and let them know.

As far as nerve healing it can take a long time - It is not a common thing to see with arthroscopic procedures at the knee, but it does happen some times.

How is your knee feeling? How is your range of motion and strength coming along? Are you feeling any better since your last doctors visit?

Wishing you luck...

Bart

Jun 14, 2008
meniscus repair
by: Nancy

I still have a burning sensation and at times sharp shooting pains. I am not ambulating normally. How did Tiger Woods walk 18 holes in just two months?

Sep 25, 2008
long recovery
by: debi

I had the meniscus surgery and they polished the arthritis they found also. My surgery was May 8th, and I'm still having trouble with normal activity. It seems that the more I push my knee, though, the easier it is getting. Not without pain, of course, but the next walk with my dog is less painful than the time before. I still can't hike 2 miles into my favorite fishing hole, but I believe that I will within another couple of months. A deep pressure ice pack seems to have helped a lot. I ordered it online- the price was quite reasonable. Good luck with your recovery.

Oct 12, 2008
Miniscus and on going pain
by: Peg

Had miniscus artho surgery Aug 21. wALKING WITH OUT CRUTCHES 2 DAYS AFTER andwas feeling great. THen started PT and on the third visit the PT told me she needed to Knead my knee.. I have had nerve pain ever since... when I told her this she say she was only knocking out scar tissue. over 6 weeks out now... will the shooting nerve pain heal....Also is it normal to
feel bone on bone when walking when never had this befor the surgery?

Apr 20, 2009
Not able to heal
by: Delilah

I had my menicus removed on June 13, 2008, and for some reason I haven't healed 100 %. I could walk, but after a certain amount of time I start limpimg. Been in therapy on and off for about 6 months, and still no luck. Would anyone know why?

Sep 26, 2009
Adema after menisus surgery
by: Mike H

On June 20th had orthoscopic surgery for a stauph infection which invaded a torn meniscus.
Now, roughly 3 months later still have major swelling in the knee after standing, and walking.
Presently on Voltaren Gel, twice a day, compression hoe's (which helps the most), 30 to 45 minutes on stationary bike also helps.
My question out there is how long does it take to get the swelling down, which I assme is the last course in the healing process???
Mike

Oct 12, 2009
pain and the feeling of fullness
by: kathy

I also had meniscus repair surgery. It was on the 2nd of Sept. I felt great after surgery. A week later I had a post operative hematoma. I nursed that back. 6 weeks later my knees feel as though they are swollen all the time. I have pain in the meniscus tear area. I thought that would go away by now. As for the swelling, or fullness, I measured my knee area before the surgery when it was not swollen, and it is the same right now in size. So is it swollen, or does it just have that heavy feeling I have to live with? It's hard to do anything at all without having that heaviness in the knee. I have to have it wrapped all the time. Will this go away?

Oct 17, 2009
Menicus Repair
by: Anonymous

I had my menicus repaired at University of Virginia one of the top hospital for this type of knee repair. I got it done on April the pain was extremely bad. When I left the hospital I wasn't aloud to bair weight for six weeks. Today the knee still hurts from time to time and i'm still unable to get directly on the knee withiout pain. Does anyone eles experience the same pain.

Oct 20, 2009
LONG RECOVERY
by: PAT

I HAD MENISCUS REPAIR OVER A YEAR A GO
STILL HAVE BURNING AND SWELLING AND EDEMA
MY SURGEON IGNORED MY REQUEST FOR HIM TO LOOK INTO THIS
.IAM LOOKING FOR ANOTHER DR.

AT THIS TIME SHOULD THE FLUID BE REMOVED?

Dec 17, 2009
badly torn meniscus
by: Anonymous

My meniscus surgery (mid august 2009) consisted of removing a badly torn section of my meniscus. I'm a 38 yr old athletic male. Played sports actively all my life with no major injuries until this. After surgery, still have terrible pain in my knee and swelling after trying to run or play basketball. Went for a secondary check up last week and the PA told me to decrease my activity and wait a month or so longer. Also stated my MRI showed I have arthritis in my knee, which could be causing the pain. I question this, though, bc my "arthritis" never ever bothered me before. Never would have expected having arthritis in the 1st place. I did go through extensive therapy, and wonder if i newly damaged something after my surgery. All I know is my knee constantly is cracking when i bend it and feels very weak. I find this all odd seeing i consider myself a very inshape, physically fit person. It's very frustrating to say the least.

Dec 28, 2009
Xmas Surgery
by: Texas

I don’t know how I messed up my knee. When I walked, from time to time, I had sharp pains. Also, walking on incline and decline surfaces was painful. I had my surgery Dec. 22, 2009. Four days later, I can walk without assistance. I’m going on Dec. 31 to the doctor so he can remove my stitches. I came online to find out what to expect about my PT.

Dec 31, 2009
Is this the way it should be
by: Lauraden

I had scope 1 week ago. Very little pain but swelling above knee. Is this normal. It was feeling fine but seems to be more wobbly that before. Anyone else have this?

Jan 06, 2010
meniscus repair-lateral and medial
by: Tracy

I would like to get some opinions on my "problem"-I had the surgery on dec 28,2009. Knee feel great!-but, as I lay on the recovery room bed I noticed a pain in my calf. I mentioned this to the dr-and he sort of "blew it off"
The pain in the calf continued-even painful to the touch. I also noticed a bruise from my knee down to the bottom of my leg. One week after surgery, I called my dr and explained the sitution. The nurse first said that there is often a pooling of blood in the calf(why did they not tell me about this??)-when i mentioned pain-they told me to come right in. The dr pretty much ruled out blood clot(not tests-just physical exam) he said that my chances of a clot were 1 in a 100(not great odds as far as I am concerned) ok-it is now 2 days later and I am feeling burning and a sort of numbness going into my foot. My self diagnosis is some sort of nerve damage!!! I feel reluctant to go back to the dr-I guess i should feel lucky that my knee does not hurt...as a matter of fact I rode the stationary bike 4 miles today!!!! so, what to do, what to do...It all seems way worse at night!
any suggestions would be helpful
thank you

May 02, 2010
meniscus repair
by:

I am starting my 9th week. I used ice the
first 4 weeks. I do my owm P.T. stretching
leg lifts, squats. steps. most of the time I
feel good. but after sitting, small car trips
or grocery shopping. I have to stamd still a couple of minutes before walking. I do my P.T two
three times a day. 7 days a week. I am hope
ful for full recovery. My Doctor says doing well. but has never told me recovery time. I hope
it is mind over matter, I have always healed quickly, when my other knee was replaced doing
my P.T. I was back on my feet in two weeks. I do
know if I slack on my P.T. I hurt bad.

May 04, 2010
Meniscus
by: Anonymous

So let me start from the beginning had meniscus surgery 12/3/10 . Lateral and medial meniscus tear . Started pt 5 weeks later .. After 5 months later still in severe pain have nerve damage that cause muscle atrophy in quads and calf and while in PT torn LCL in knee .Has anyone gone through similar siituation ???

May 29, 2010
Arthroscopic Surgery
by: Anonymous

I had Arthroscopic surgery just five days ago for a Bilateral Meniscus repair. I was told both the meniscus in the knee was trimmed. Was given Perocet for pain and have to return in one week. Doing very good since the surgery and have only had to take a couple of the pain pills. I'm still having some pain in the knee when trying to bend it and certain ways I move the knee. Was also told that I'm between this (Arthroscopic) surgery and a total knee replacement since I have lots of other things going on in the knee. Hoping I don't need a total knee replacement anytime soon.

Aug 12, 2010
Same story here
by: Anonymous

Had medial meniscus tear removed in April. Felt good after surgery - now 4 months later back to where I started. Hurts to walk and put weight on the knee. Super frustrating!

Oct 12, 2010
Recent Surgery
by: Lisa

Had my surgery on Sept 23rd. I went home with crutches and was told to be off of them by the end of the weekend. I was feeling great, no swelling, very little pain and was off the crutches by the end of day 2. Day 4 came and I was walking in my house (I still was limping a bit) and step like I normally would and BAM! horrible pain that was worse then the original injury pain. Now I am 3 weeks out with 2 surgeons telling me I probably agravated my knee and I needed to go back to square one and use crutches again and then get off of them. Well, I have had days where on a scale of 1-10 I am a 15. I think I tore something more and yet I am getting the run around. They will THINK about doing another MRI in a few weeks. Meanwhile I can barely function at home let alone go to the grocery store or do anything where I am on my feet for more then a few minutes. Very frustrating!

Oct 30, 2010
ditto
by: Anonymous

i had a meniscus repair done on 12oct of this year..and was sent home that afternoon with only a huge ace bandage wrapped from mid thigh to ankle..no crutches, no restrictions, nada...actually felt okay with the pain meds for the first week....now however the pain is back greater then before, it feels like my knee is unstable and wobbly and shooting nerve pain down to my shin and just above my ankle...my knee just aches and aches and after using it for any kind of minimal walking...just around the house for an hour or so if feels like bone on bone....i am 18 days post op and the doctor said that surger is another injury and that it just takes time..but this pain is almost unbearable..pain meds dont do anything....should i find another dr?

Nov 06, 2010
arthroscopic surgery
by: Anonymous

Had both knees done via arthroscopic surgery two weeks, 3 days ago. I am working hard to get back normal range of motion, but finding it awful. Exercises hurt like the devil - lots of nerve damage down the front of the least-worse-off knee and bone catching on bone in the other one. To be fair, I had some of that bone on bone before, but not as bad as now. This is so sudden, and often, that I can't help but "yelp" out with the pain (most embarrassing when out in public!).

I would never, never, never do this again, and advise anyone to steer clear of this, if possible, or to really think it over before proceeding. I had a highly respected surgeon do my operation, but this has been horrible.

I have always bounced back from every surgery, but not this!! I have chronic pain from another problem, and now it looks as though I am going to have chronic pain with this. Very depressed and sorry I ever jumped up on the O.R. table.

Nov 16, 2010
i guess i am lucky
by: butterfly girl

I had meniscus tear in my left knee going 2 directions and bone spurs under my knee cap. I had surgery for meniscus trim and knee cap shave, walked out of recovery with no crutches (even thought they gave me some)with less pain than i have before surgery and had 4 weeks of PT and now back to work working as a medic on an ambulance...only complaint I have is pain above my knee(thigh area) when going up stairs or getting out of a chair and weakness when trying to get up off the floor. I figured the weakness will go away in time but this pain above the knee i was told by people with previous knee surgery said it will never go away. i hope that isnt true.I live on 2 Aleve daily when i am at work and it dont take the pain totally away

Nov 24, 2010
Terribly sharp pain 3 weeks after meniscus repair
by: Kathy

I had menicus repair done three weeks ago. Nov. 2010. Had two tears and have the beginning of arthritis. Was not sent home with crutches or any restrictions. Only took pain pills for two days. Noticed pain in the same area that hurt before but was told that was where the most 'work' was done. On Sunday, after being on my knee for a couple of hours had the most horrible pain in my knee. Could barely stand and believe me could have screamed in agony except that I didn't want to draw attention to myself. I can take 15 steps with no pain and then almost go to the ground with it feeling like a branding iron or knife is twisting in my knee. I have been so depressed feeling that pain like this, way up there around 10 plus, there must be something terribly wrong. The phyiscal therapist twisted and pushed and pulled on my knee, with absolutely no pain felt. He said he didn't normally see this but felt like it would go away with ice and motrin. I sure hope so. Going to New York for the first time in two weeks. Kathy from Texas

Dec 03, 2010
Meniscus Repair
by: Karin

Had lateral meniscus repair in August 2010. Had to wear an immobilizer for 5 weeks and was not allowed to bend my knee. Now 4 months later I still have a very heavy feeling in my knee and right above the knee cap and need to wrap my knee every day. Has anyone experienced the same and will the heavy feeling ever go away? My knee still feels weak and I am having a hard time building up my quad muscle. Had already 10 weeks physical therapy.
Has anybody had similar problems?

Dec 05, 2010
Municus tear
by: Anonymous

I had a scope done on my municus tear June 4, 2010. Went to physical therapy for 8 weeks, felt like I was doing fine, so I stopped going. Dr. said it was up to me, which I thought was odd. I did fine for a couple months and then the pain started coming back. I am currently back in physical therapy for 6 weeks now. I am faithful on doing exercises at home the days I'm not in P.T.and still hurts!! Tomorrow I am having an MRI to see if the scope didn't take or if I have another problem. I feel like I am worse off then before I had the scope!

Feb 17, 2011
Meniscus
by: Anonymous

I had my surgery last thursday and just got off crutches. Is there any reacon I am having so much pain in my calf area? its almost umbearabble to walk on. what should I do?

Mar 15, 2011
Wish I had seen this sight before surgery
by: Anonymous

I had surgery for torn meniscus repair Dec 29 and here it is 11 weeks later and my knee is still not back to normal. I have had to have fluid removed from above my knee, checked for blood clot and PT. Doctor said the numbness on the side of my knee will hopefully go away. He does not believe it is nerve damage from the surgery - than what is it. I cannot extend my leg fully and it is painful to put weight on it. Forget bending down and carrying anything that weighs more than 5 lbs.I am on heavy doses of Allieve - not working. Has anyone else had nerve damage following the surgery?

Apr 25, 2011
meniscus repair
by: Anonymous

Had meniscus repair on 6 Jan, sutures to stitch together.6 weeks leg brace. Only came off crutches after 3 months and now back on one due to overdone it. Numbness to right of knee still, have been told sensation will come back. Have an occasional pinching sensation at back of knee, ranges in intensity - would like to know if anyone else gets this? swimming and physio helps, walking a lot does not

Jun 08, 2011
I thank God I found this site
by: Michael

I thank God I found this site. My knee bothers me when I exercise but goes away. I had an MRI. The MRI report cane back saying some deteriation only but the Dr surgen said He sees a tear and wants to repair it. I thought that I wanted 100% use of the knee but after reading the letters of these poor people who have had surgury I will not have my knee cut on till the knee is killing me. So sorry for them...

Jun 12, 2011
Meniscus tear repair
by: Anonymous

I had a Meniscus tear repaired on 4-14-11 and my knee doesn't feel any better than before surgery. I have a heavy feeling just below the kneecap, sharp shooting pains, pain behind by knee. I went back to the Surgeon and he told me I was just sensitive to pain.I have never taken 1 pain pill. The surgeon looks at me like I am crazy for still having pain and just sits and looks at me. Gives me no answers. I don't think my knee will ever be right.

Sep 01, 2011
Meniscus Repair
by: Anonymous

It's been 2 years since I had my meniscus repaired and I'm still having problems. I'd rather have a broken bone any day!!!

Sep 02, 2011
3rd meniscus repair
by: Liz

I have had surgery twice on my left knee...kept iff work for four weeks, did therapy...and no pain. On august 19th 2011...i had that same surgery on my right knee. Would you believe that this doctor (workmans comp no doubt) released me back to work one week after surgery. Now this knee is in alit of pain and swells so much that it hurts more than it did before the surgery. I have never felt so uncared for until this doctor. Now wondering if it has pissible reinjured that knee.... any incite?

Sep 20, 2011
please help
by: Anonymous

I have a tear on the post horn of the meniscus. I hurt everyday. It aches something bad. I just want the pain to go away. I want the surgery but am not encouraged by the comments left here. I am confused and dont know what to do. I am on my feet alot (RN) and cant afford to take lots of time off. Please help

Apr 26, 2012
April 3, 2012 Surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had surgery for 2 tears to my meniscus in my left knee. Surgery was outpatient so I was allowed to "walk" out of the Orthopedic Center. When I got home, I was still very sleepy from the anesthisia so I went to sleep while my sweet husband swapped out the ice pack every 15 minutes. I tried to wear my orthopedic hose to prevent blood clots & managed, but they were extremely uncomfortable & interrupted my nights sleep. First day my upper thigh was really sore, but I discounted this as after all, I had just had surgery. It took a couple of days for this to go away & made getting up & down a little difficult. I was able to get around but stayed close to the walls & carried my cane around just in case. My surgery was on a Tuesday & I was pretty much up & around by Sunday so I returned to work on Monday. I really haven't had that many problems except it does seem unstable & I feel pressure in my knee like something wants to pop. I am up & down all day at work. If I am up on it for very long, it does cause me some discomfort. I had my surgery on April 3rd & today is April 25. I really think I am doing quite well. I don't really feel I am going to need physical therapy & would rather they just give me the PT exercises to do. My doctor gave me some & think it helped. Basically it was moving my foot up & down & then the other was heel slides, which I think helped the most. Helps to limber things up a bit. I'll be honest, my knee doesn't feel like it did before, but the pain I had at night kept me up & I was so sleep deprived I was ready for anything. I hope to continue to progress, but will update if something happens. I don't regret having it done but for someone that is active, I can see how something like this can be a let-down. Doctors really need to let their patients know what to expect after surgery so the patient can make an informed decision.

Jul 20, 2012
thigh pain post op NEW
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus repair on this last Tuesday and I am experiencing tenderness on my upper thigh of the surgery leg. It is tender to the touch of clothing ice packs. There is also some bruising that I am assuming may be due to the tourniquet?

My Dr told me on day 1 post op that I could go back to the gym...does That seem right no restrictions??

Jul 29, 2012
Meniscus Repair NEW
by: Linda Shier

Had my surgery on Wednesday July 11, 2012. On two crutches until I got home that day and ended up tossing one aside. By Friday I was going around the house and up and down outside steps (3) with no crutches or cane. After surgery doctor told me to put as much weight as I could stand without causing pain. The first 2 1/2 weeks were good doing my exercises that were prescribed. Up till then no pain but now I am starting to have pain around the one incision point. Was feeling good and went out picking blueberries a week and 1/2 after surgery and now we are in kitchen renovations but I am finding that standing or walking I am having some pain. Everyone tells me I am over doing it to fast but I don't know. I do have a tear in the meniscus and in the ligament in the other knee as well so wondering if maybe I am over compensating for that knee now a bit because the first one does feel alot better after surgery than before and at least even though I have some pain which goes away as soon as I sit down I haven't had to resort to using the cane like I did prior to surgery. I am thinking I just need to give myself time as there is no swelling just some pain when I am actually walking any distance

Aug 01, 2012
meniscus tear NEW
by: Anonymous

I had scoping done on my knee Feb. 10 2012, It was the worse mistake of my life... I have had nothing but pain and swelling since i got hurt and i am no better of than before.. excpt before i had surgery i didn't have the shootting pain that go from my knee to mid cafe or the pain that shoots up the back of my leg to my back ..they gave me a 2nd MRI and said everything was good (work comp DR.) even checked for blood clots... I have pain all the time have missed work because the pain was to much to take with out pain pills, have swelling for my ankle to my upper thigh that wont go away and it gets to where my leg will tingle from my foot to my upper thigh. But the DR. says i am as good as i'm going to get that there is nothing wrong with my knee...and that the reason that i am still in pain is because my arthritis (that i didn't know i had before i got hurt) is growing and the swelling is because I'm getting older and I'm heavy... well i didn't have a birthday and my weight is the same as before i got hurt. I have had to get a lawyer to see if something can be done to fix what is wrong.still in pain.can anyone help?

Aug 14, 2012
meniscus surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus surgery on July 27, 2012 so am on my third week of recovery. I did not have any therapy prescribed--was very active before surg.I keep it wrapped intermittently. Tonight I walked about a half of a mile and did pretty well. I still cannot bend my knee completely. I have found that swimming feels the best. I still have a burning sensation down the medial area intermittently. Am anxious to have complete healing. My provider said maybe mild jogging at the end of the week.

Sep 12, 2012
meniscus tear NEW
by: mufti shafi

I had a similar problem ,my knee started with a ot of swelling ,may be for weeks & then i could not bend it at all ,i consulted an Ortho who suggested for a surgery as my MRIS show grade 2 tear & not on the periphery of the meniscus ,well i didint opt for the surgery instead went for some physiotherapy ,my knee has improved since last 6 months but hasnt really worsned from that date but a lot of exersion leads to some heaviness & I do experience some problems during driving witha semi beded knee ,can somebody advise pleaseeeeeeee

Sep 21, 2012
Meniscus tear removal NEW
by: Anonymous

First of all everyone will be in my prayers. God made this body, it is a sure thing that he can heal it. I had ACL reconstruction in 1997 and after several months, the recovery has went well. This month OCT, 2012 I had my knee scoped and meniscus removed on the same knee. 2 weeks out i have a limp,swelling,dual numbing pain that seem to be in the bottom of my foot.My knee feels wobbly, was told as muscle builds this will get better. I have white itchy bumps from the thigh down to the anckle. dont know if its the ace wrap, tylenal 4 (codine) or some other allergy.
COMMON EXERCIZES.
1. Let your knee lay flat while on your back for 5 minutes.
2. Flex quad 30 times holding for 4 seconds each.(this pushes blood flow and helps keep muscles active.
3. 30 straight leg lifts keeping leg straight.
4. sit in chair with foot on hard floor using a towel.pulling leg toward body slowly and holding for 3 seconds. No pain only whats tolerable.
5.KNEE IS WARMED UP NOW FOR A GYM BICYCLE
You may have to start with half of a pedal and work up to complete cycle.
6. standing up, put both hands on wall with hurt knee behind you, opposite knee in front of you bringing it to the wall stretching the calve of the hurt leg.
FINALLY lay on flat surface and ice your knee for 15 mins.
This may not be for every hurt knee, but my PT has had me doing this for 5 weeks. I started this after injury and is on going.

Sep 21, 2012
Meniscus tear removal NEW
by: Anonymous

First of all everyone will be in my prayers. God made this body, it is a sure thing that he can heal it. I had ACL reconstruction in 1997 and after several months, the recovery has went well. This month OCT, 2012 I had my knee scoped and meniscus removed on the same knee. 2 weeks out i have a limp,swelling,dual numbing pain that seem to be in the bottom of my foot.My knee feels wobbly, was told as muscle builds this will get better. I have white itchy bumps from the thigh down to the anckle. dont know if its the ace wrap, tylenal 4 (codine) or some other allergy.
COMMON EXERCIZES.
1. Let your knee lay flat while on your back for 5 minutes.
2. Flex quad 30 times holding for 4 seconds each.(this pushes blood flow and helps keep muscles active.
3. 30 straight leg lifts keeping leg straight.
4. sit in chair with foot on hard floor using a towel.pulling leg toward body slowly and holding for 3 seconds. No pain only whats tolerable.
5.KNEE IS WARMED UP NOW FOR A GYM BICYCLE
You may have to start with half of a pedal and work up to complete cycle.
6. standing up, put both hands on wall with hurt knee behind you, opposite knee in front of you bringing it to the wall stretching the calve of the hurt leg.
FINALLY lay on flat surface and ice your knee for 15 mins.
This may not be for every hurt knee, but my PT has had me doing this for 5 weeks. I started this after injury and is on going.

Sep 21, 2012
Meniscus tear removal NEW
by: Anonymous

First of all everyone will be in my prayers. God made this body, it is a sure thing that he can heal it. I had ACL reconstruction in 1997 and after several months, the recovery has went well. This month OCT, 2012 I had my knee scoped and meniscus removed on the same knee. 2 weeks out i have a limp,swelling,dual numbing pain that seem to be in the bottom of my foot.My knee feels wobbly, was told as muscle builds this will get better. I have white itchy bumps from the thigh down to the anckle. dont know if its the ace wrap, tylenal 4 (codine) or some other allergy.
COMMON EXERCIZES.
1. Let your knee lay flat while on your back for 5 minutes.
2. Flex quad 30 times holding for 4 seconds each.(this pushes blood flow and helps keep muscles active.
3. 30 straight leg lifts keeping leg straight.
4. sit in chair with foot on hard floor using a towel.pulling leg toward body slowly and holding for 3 seconds. No pain only whats tolerable.
5.KNEE IS WARMED UP NOW FOR A GYM BICYCLE
You may have to start with half of a pedal and work up to complete cycle.
6. standing up, put both hands on wall with hurt knee behind you, opposite knee in front of you bringing it to the wall stretching the calve of the hurt leg.
FINALLY lay on flat surface and ice your knee for 15 mins.
This may not be for every hurt knee, but my PT has had me doing this for 5 weeks. I started this after injury and is on going.

Oct 09, 2012
knee issues NEW
by: lanette

Hi everyone:

I am tyring to get some clarity and information and some opinions. I have a couple issues goign on ill adress the first one:

had ACL surgery 9.23.2011 on my right knee- my knee has never been the same sense. my issues- leg swells daily, bending feels like a super tight rubber band. Feels wet, cold and tingly. you can see it bulging on the left side. I can hear and feel crunching and somehting seems to snag it when i straighten my leg. I can shake it out so to speak. Surgeon - siad my issues are due to my lack of quad strength and the cold wet tingly feeling was in my head. Work out - i do 45 min of cardio 4 to 5 times a week on a techno gym. Its like roller blading and doesnt hurt my knee like an elipictal machine. i also do bikram yoga 3 - 4 times a week. i have since gone to another dr and am having an MRI next week. New DR agreed that something is wrong and says its a meniscus or a cartledge tear.

left knee- hurts like heck in the back of my knee, has given out on me a couple of times. when i put full weight on it and lock my knee it feels as if my knee is going to snap. will be doing an MRI on the left knee as well but i can not afford it right now due to insurance. They charge 350 for each MRI...


I would really like to hear what anyone else has to say. I have been doing alot of reading and from what i have read it sounds like a meniscus tear and ill be going under the knife again. :(

Nov 30, 2012
scar tissue issues after common scope! NEW
by: jerry71

went in july,5 2012 for simple scope to repair small tear and clean up.. well it's 5 months later, knee still screwed up! took 3 months just for the swelling to go away, but knee remains tight/siff? been back to the dr. quite a few x's and keeps telling me my knee's fine? finally a month ago brought my case to another op for 2nd opionin.. right away tells me he see's my case all the time? arthrobibrosis a case of scar build up! say's it's not to common for a common scope, but can happen? after examining my knee dr. stated the scar tissue build up is real mild and because i was already 4 months out their would be a slight chase that new scar tissue could build up if he went in there to clean it out? my type of case is basicly home treatable. ice, heat, then massage where the incisions were with ice.. month later following the dr. regimen and as well stretching and other home p/t i'm seeing impovement, slow improvement, but improvement!

Feb 14, 2013
Meniscus surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Tore my ACL and Minscus. At first doctor thought I only had fluid on the knee bruise bones so he didn't right STAT on my form. Tells me to go home propped it up and ice it. I do that and use my knee brace from ER. Had to wait a week for MRI and than another week for doctor. AFter he finds tears he apologizes that i have to have surgery. Another week goes by and finally have surgery. After surgery was given crutches and medicine. Felt pretty good that day. Very next morning have to go to PT. It was horrible and the rest of the day I am in pain. Go back home and keep it propped up and rest it until next PT day. Been to about 8 PT and physical therapist says I'm not doing good. She says there will be a lot more problems if I don't try and use the need naturally and bend it more. I am on one crutch now and when I walk it feels like a tight rubber band pulling. Physical Therapist says it's because I'm not moving and bending it enough. I do the exercises every day and don't miss any PT. I am in a lot of pain when I walk. Everyone made it seem like having my meniscus fixed would be no big deal and I would be up in no time. Doctor said I would be ok without ACL since I'm not an athlete. Told to bend me knee more. It hurst but I've been doing it. So sick of how it's just not getting better. I don't want things to get worse. Very annoyed that my doctor didn't believe me the first time when I told him I think i tore something. I try not to get upset but it's been really hard especially when your told your not doing very well with your progress. Glad I found this sight and see that other people don't just have the surgery and start walking around right away. Just wish this wasn't so upsetting to me.

Mar 08, 2013
Calf pain post-surgery NEW
by: Chree

I had my surgery three weeks ago and have since been experiencing severe calf pain. A doppler test ruled out a clot. It appears worse when I lie down and then get up. For around ten seconds there is a cramping/pain. Also when I lie in bed at night and move my leg it erupts in pain for a few seconds. In addition it is painful to the touch. Another oddity is a bruising down my leg(yellow skin)--not betadine. Any thoughts on the calf or bruising?

Mar 08, 2013
Calf pain post-surgery NEW
by: Chree

I had my surgery three weeks ago and have since been experiencing severe calf pain. A doppler test ruled out a clot. It appears worse when I lie down and then get up. For around ten seconds there is a cramping/pain. Also when I lie in bed at night and move my leg it erupts in pain for a few seconds. In addition it is painful to the touch. Another oddity is a bruising down my leg(yellow skin)--not betadine. Any thoughts on the calf or bruising?

Apr 03, 2013
Could be NEW
by: Anonymous

A bakes cysts may have erupted . Very painfull and common after menicus tear surgery.It feels like a very bad cramp and can stay very sore for days.

Apr 24, 2013
Problems after lateral meniscus removal NEW
by: Anonymous

I was 15 when i managed to get a bucket handle tear in my lateral meniscus (rugby). I had it sown back up and was told to say on crutches for 3-4 months as its very delicate and requires no weight to heal. 5 months later walking back to normal and one night sat down and sub consciously crossed my legs (NEVER DO THIS). Trying to then uncross my legs left my knee stuck at 90 degrees - it had retorn!

Moral of the story is you only have one chance to keep you knee intact - i've ended up having the meniscus removed and had to have a total acl reconstruction meaning no more contact sport again. If you have meniscus surgery make sure you let it heal properly because once its removed you're stuffed!

Nov 26, 2013
Avoided surgery and lovin it! NEW
by: Sam E.

I have been using king brand products for the last year for plantar fasciitis and a meniscus injury (6 months), and I have been so pleased with the reults. I can walk without pain and any pain I do have I can treat it instantly. they explained the healing process and helps me pay about 1% of the surgery costs that my doctor wanted me to pay. Highly recommend it and would love to hear if anyone else has used these products.
http://www.kingbrand.com/Meniscus_Tear.php?REF=39PV11
http://www.kingbrand.com/Plantar_Fasciitis_Treatment.php?REF=39PV1

Nov 26, 2013
Avoided surgery and lovin it! NEW
by: Sam E.

I have been using king brand products for the last year for plantar fasciitis and a meniscus injury (6 months), and I have been so pleased with the reults. I can walk without pain and any pain I do have I can treat it instantly. they explained the healing process and helps me pay about 1% of the surgery costs that my doctor wanted me to pay. Highly recommend it and would love to hear if anyone else has used these products.
http://www.kingbrand.com/Meniscus_Tear.php?REF=39PV11
http://www.kingbrand.com/Plantar_Fasciitis_Treatment.php?REF=39PV1

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