Question - Meniscus repair (swelling after surgery)

by Peter
(Texas)

I had arthroscopic surgery to repair my meniscus tear, and have been on crutches for almost three weeks.
My questions are: How normal is it to have foot swelling and redness after the surgery? How long should I expect the swelling and redness to continue?

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Oct 07, 2008
swelling and redness
by: Bart - SII

Swelling in the foot after a meniscus repair is fairly common - gravity will pull the fluid down towards the foot. Because you are non-weight bearing on crutches, the lack of muscle use can slow the resorption of the swelling.

Redness is something that is not as common, but does occur. Are you having any pain in your calf or foot where the swelling is? You may want to make your doctor aware of the redness, especially if there is pain associated - just to be safe and make sure you don't have an infection or another problem.

The swelling should continue to lessen, but it will likely remain at least in some amount until you can begin weight bearing again.

Bart

May 16, 2009
Meniscus Repair: swelling, redness in my foot
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus repair surgery on May 1 2009. I have been following the post op instructions, leg elevated and non weight bearing using crutches....I have had swelling on my left foot (same side as surgery) if I am up sitting or walking around for more than 10 min or so. My foot also gets red, I presume inc blood pooling , but it is also quite painful.
So,, I can relate to the same pain. I also have numbness along the lateral side of my calf and some tingling. More than likely, this is all related to the insult to my nerves during this invasive procedure.
I do not have a knee brace which does not seem typical for meniscus repair. I do have instructions to remain non weight bearing for 6 weeks.
good luck on your recovery.



May 21, 2009
ACL repair with flipped Meniscus
by: James

I waited 11 days before I started to try to put a little weight on it(with crutches). I did this to get the blood flowing and reduce swelling. After 12 or 13 days I began having mini sessions throughout the day of walking (slight weigh bearing with crutches). I also bought Glucosamine Chrondritin or BioFlex to help the cartlidge in my knee joint healing faster. I also ice my knee several times a day. Of course my knee is still sore and achy from the surgery, but each day I feel a little better.

May 21, 2009
3 weeks post op meniscus repair
by: Anonymous

I went to the gym for the first time today...tried a little kicking in the pool It was much more difficult than I had anticipated. The doctor said i could start using the stationary bike but once I sat on the bike, the bend in my knee seemed more than I could do.
It was a little reality check to start out VERY slow.
Tonite i am icing and keeping the leg elevated.
Anyone else start some type of rehab at 3 weeks?

Jun 10, 2009
5/21 ACL and meniscus repair
by: Anonymous

I am almost 3 weeks out of my surgery and I'll be able to full weight bear tomorrow (exactly 3 weeks). I started immediately post-op with a CPM (constant passive motion machine) and a cooling machine. Lately, I have been doing heel slides for range of motion and leg lifts (with an engaged quad) and quad sets for strength. I have been in a locked knee brace with 50% weight bearing for a week. When I am sitting I usually unlock my brace (at my doctors recommendation) and let gravity help my leg bend with the aid of my unaffected leg supporting it. I had my other ACL reconstructed 20 years ago and found that rehab was the biggest key to returning to activity. It's not always fun but it is so worth the investment. If you aren't being seen by a physical therapist I HIGHLY recommend it. They can give you great exercises catered to where you are on an individual level. And I find that getting the info from a trained professional gives me great peace of mind. Good luck to all of you. Clearly we are not alone in this journey!

Jun 16, 2009
On the Road To Recovery
by: Anonymous

I just had meniscus surgery 5 days ago. Yesterday, I tried to do some weigh bearing with my crutches and my knee was very sore in the evening. Today, I decided to take it easy and just ice and do some leg lifts while laying down. I also get my husband to help with some excercise such as bringing my knee in to a 90 degree angle. I only move an inch back, but we're hoping to continue with it and see progress. To be honest, I think every situation will be a little different. I think the main thing to do is keep some sort of motion so you don't stiffen up and also manage with RICE. The ice I find helps immensely. Good luck with your recovery!

Jun 17, 2009
Recovering after medial meniscus stitch
by: FotoPro

I am three weeks post-op today (surgery May 27) from a left medial meniscus tear repaired by stitching. The dr. also removed some plica that was rubbing against bone as well. I'm down to one crutch and completed my second day of PT yesterday. They put me on the bike yesterday and had me going up and down a 4-inch step among the normal stretching. I had some swelling in my knee when the took the bandages and outside stitches out at day 12 post-op. During PT they use electrical stimulation around the quad and knee to help get the nerves and blood vessels moving which has helped. My knee doesn't look swelled anymore. That said, I do have some localized numbness on the lateral side near the camera port incision. Feels a little strange.

Jul 23, 2009
ACL Reconstruction and Meniscus Repair
by: Anonymous

I had my surgery on 06/30. Just little three weeks ago. It was not as painful as I anitcipated (lucky me). I'm supposed to be non-weight bearing for 6 six weeks. I started my physical therapy a week after my surgery. I had really bad swelling right after surgery but with the combination of exercises, elevation and icing, it got much better. Now, I can't wait to walk on my two feet.

Aug 01, 2009
surgery 5 days ago
by: Anonymous

I am 50+ and just had my rt one done. Next one coming up. They let me put weight on it day one. I have no brace,crutches, but did have a walker that I could use or not. 3rd day was a big difference. Almost NO pain at all...Cabin fever and bored silly. Wonder when I can drive and sit/lie down more normally...

Aug 05, 2009
5 week post op swelling knee and ankle
by: Anonymous

I had two meniscus tears removed June 30, couldn't bear any weight for at least 4 days. Excessive swelling of knee, pain, and increased swelling down to the ankle. Started PT twodays after surgery and it helped. Seems the more I do , the more pain and selling I get. still hard to straighten the knee completely. The limping has irritated the discs in my back complicatimg the problem. I never dreamed I would still have pain and difficulty walking 5 weeks post op. I am very discouraged at this point

Aug 15, 2009
Meniscus Tear Surgery PAIN
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus tear surgery 3 months ago....I'm still experiencing a great deal of stiffness and pain in my knee. I ice it regularly and take anti-inflammatories to control the pain and swelling. I've been back to my dr. 4 times. The last time she gave me a shot of cortizone with the reassurance it would relieve me of the pain....NOT! I'm calling her on Monday to schedule another appointment. I've been riding a recumbent bike 5mins two times a day....doesn't seem excessive and she's the one that told me to do it. I'm frustrated and sick of my life being put on hold!!!!

Sep 08, 2009
Swelling
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus surgery 3 weeks ago and was able to put weight on it from day 1. I only had some of it removed but still have the important part of it left. But I still have swelling in it and I was wondering if that was normal. I would like to mention I have had meniscus surgery on this knee before and on my other knee but didn't notice swelling after 3 weeks. But my docter did say he had to trim a lot more of the meniscus this time than the others. Also 2 days ago I road my bike 3 miles. Thanks in advance.

Sep 10, 2009
weight bearing
by: Anonymous

i got surgery 3 weeks ago and have been putting some weight on my leg while using crutches since a week and a half in. my knee was huge after i got surgery and the swelling has gone way down but i feel like it hasnt improved at all in the last week or so is this normal?

Sep 13, 2009
repair versus removal??
by: Anonymous

I had meniscal repair surgery on Sept 11th. Unfortunately my knee locked on August 5th and I was on crutches already for five weeks before the operation. So I had very few muscles in the involved leg pre op. At least my right leg is strong and I'm really nimble on crutches at this point.

The doctor opted to repair the meniscus rather than a quick removal, so the rehab is set to be another six weeks on crutches.

At this point managing to get to the bathroom is horrendously painful - because I can't the blood rushing to the knee when it's not elevated. Otherwise I'm ok. The printed hand out instructions I have for rehab seem to be tailored for any kind of knee arthroscopy - but it's obvious the convalescence for the repair of a meniscus is entirely different than the quick recovery after a partial meniscus removal. I really wish there was more specific detail about whether I should be attempting much at this early stage, renting a CPM machine etc etc.
Also I question the comments on this thread. Some people label a meniscus removal as a "repair" and say they've recovered marvellously after three days. But honestly there's no way on earth a patient who has undergone a couple dozen meniscal stitches could or should be up walking around within a two or three days post op. Certainly that's not my experience.


Sep 13, 2009
repair vs meniscus
by: Anonymous

I had a meniscus repair on May 1 2009 (not a menisectomy) I was on crutches, non weight bearing for 7 weeks and gradually added weight to my repaired knee. I spent my first 4 weeks, reading every web site that had to do with knee repair. I agree with you that people often say they got a repair but it actuality it was a menisetomy. TAKE your time and follow instructions. I didnt start any rehab until 7 weeks and it was minimal in the pool. After that, I have been diligent (and impatient ) with my rehab. I just returned to work on Sept 1 and am feeling much better. I am a runner but do not plan on running this year. I have switched my activity to biking and swimming as tolerated, usually do something every day.

FYI, in the first month, it was very difficult. Any upright activity made my knee swell and ache. Keep your leg elevated as much as possible and get help when needed. I switched to a cane at 12 weeks and now can walk great.


Good luck with your rehab and try not to get discouraged. A repair takes much longer to heal and will pay off in the end.

Sep 15, 2009
9 Months
by: Anonymous

I had surgery for a meniscus tear 9 months ago and I'm still dealing with redness,swelling and heat in my knee joint. Every time I see my doctor he tells me not to worry about it. Im currently looking for a new doctor.

Sep 15, 2009
regarding slow knee recoveries
by: Anonymous

Here's what I wonder, there's a study out that shows that recovery of rotator cuffs in rats was inhibited by post surgical pain medication.
So, four days after my meniscal repair I've tried to keep my meds to a minimum and have moved my leg as little as possible post op. My theory is that doctors prescribe meds to heal the pain, not the injury. Part of this, according to my conspiracy theory, is because they can't allow patients to convalesce for weeks in hospitals like they did in the 50s. Part of this is the pharmaceutical industry pushing drugs.
But the pain is there for a biological reason - to tell the injured party to stop hurting the effected area and lie down and heal.
In any case, I've only taken seven 5mg tabs of oxycodone since the operation, I've just stayed pretty still, used a bed pan, ice and I'm assuming that when my leg can take more it will stop hurting. I've not let the drugs disguise this.
If this works out in a couple of months and I can walk again without reinjury or pain, I'll post here. But I was wondering about what other people thought.
By the way, I'm 47 years old, I had a tear in the edge of the medial meniscus that has been a problem since 1981. I have no ACL and the ortho didn't fix it concurrently, which should negatively effect the outcome. I've checked the stats and the likelihood that this repair will work are not optimal. So I'm trying for every edge I can get just to regain a spot in the world of the walking.

Oct 15, 2009
2nd Meniscal Repair within 3 months
by: Anonymous

My thoughts about meniscal repairs (where they actually stictch the entire meniscus back together with hopes of it healing), take it easy. I am 9 weeks out from my second meniscus repair this summer on the same knee/meniscus. Take it very easy!!!!!! :) After 8 total weeks on crutches and 3 months in a brace, taking it easy if you can is a better alternative. After receiving misinformation about walking on a treadmill at 4-weeks post-op from the first surgery it compromised the repair and it failed. It was repaired again and fingers crossed will heal.
Good luck!

Oct 16, 2009
Meniscus repair question
by: Anonymous

How do you know when your meniscus repair has failed? What are the symptoms?

Oct 24, 2009
both meniscus repair + ACL surgery - how to get back to walking after 6 weeks of crutches
by: Miriam

i had a meniscus repair on both meniscus (small tear on the medial, displaced bucket handle tear on the lateral meniscus) and a ACL surgery at the same time (allograft).
My surgery was Sep14th. I was non weightbearing for 4 weeks (horrible) and then went to partial (30%) weightbearing in the 5th week. Now i am in the sixth week and i have started to put more weight on it since i am planned to go full weight bearing in 4days.

In my original script it said biking at week 7 and swimming with fins at week 10, but when i asked my doctor if i could bike with low resistance (shouldnt be more weight on my leg than 30% walking) he agreed and also told me i am allowed to go in the pool and kick with fins. I found out that kicking with fins is way too agressive at this point, so instead i have been aquajogging, walking in deep water and swimming normally (freestyle; i am a good swimming and eased into it by using a pulley first and then swimming without it).

i hope i am not too agressive, i follow my feeling what is good and what not. when i have pain i dont do things.

I am allowed full range of motion at this point but i have 128degrees so far. I dont want to push it too hard.

i can only encourage others with meniscus repairs to start walking in deep water and working your way into more shallow water slowly. I didnt believe i could walk soon in the beginning of my 5th week. Once i went in the water though, it changed everything. I am confident to walk in another week without my crutches.

It was also a big thing to go on the bike at week 5. It helps that the leg doesnt get too stiff and also slowly wakes up the muscles again.

so my advice to anyone in the same situation - go aquajogging (with a belt, at my pool they let you use it for free) and work your way up to walking by starting out in deep water.

I hope i am not doing too much but my knee feels better and better and is less swollen too.
last thing - no hot tub while you have swelling.

good luck to all of you
Miriam

Nov 08, 2009
Left , then right knee
by: Anonymous

Had a left knee meniscal repair on 1/6/09. My ortho's instructions were: crutches with weight bearing as tolerated for the first 2 weeks. After suture removal, begin weight bearing off crutches as much as possible. I was to resume no exercise until 10 wks. The only rehab was straight leg raises, and prone knee bends. There was no phys therapy which at the time, I thought was very odd. When questiones @ 8 wks post-op, he answered that in his practice, he has found that therapists's are usually unwilling to follow his prescription, adapting as they see fit. Therefore, he doesn't use them. I began recumbent bike @ 12 wks, and was devastated @ my lack of ability to even push the pedals once, but was determined and did 15 min by the end of the second week riding. I still had knee swelling in June, which the surgeon says may never abate. My right knee tear was operated on 9/16/09, by the same ortho, with the same post-op instructions. I am amazed at the difference b/w the knees. I seemed to physically recover much more quickly on the right side, with none of the residual swelling. I plan to start the bike tomorrow @ 8 wks(with ortho's okay), and will build from there. My mental adjustment to feeling old and creaky is still a work in progress. The major difference b/w repair and removal is that with repair, you still have your own tissue to use and re-build, providing a cushion for the knee cap. If the meniscus is removed, it's bone on bone, with usually a quicker detioration of the area.

Dec 20, 2009
Swelling
by: Anonymous

Had Meniscus surgery 12/8, used crutched 1 day just around the house, have been mall walking several times, just took a trip to Southern Calif and back, still lots of swelling, pain is limited, took only asprin after the 1st day. Swelling is my main problem, how long does this continue?

Dec 21, 2009
swelling after meniscus surgery
by: Anonymous

Well, lets put it this way...a menisectomy and a meniscus repair are two different surgeries. If you had a menisectomy, where they shave/clean up the meniscus, then you should only have swelling and residual pain for about 8 weeks or less. I had a meniscus repair and had to be non weight bearing for 7 weeks. I had the surgery on May 1st and still had swelling off and on the first 12 weeks depending on my activity. It has been 6 months and I am finally feeling pretty good. Good luck on your healing process. It sounds like you are doing pretty good considering the time frame.

Jan 17, 2010
Differences in Knee Operations
by: Rick

" A Meniscectomy and a Meniscus repair are two different surgeries". This statement is key. With the repair they are trying to fix (repair) your knee to pre-injury condition. A Meniscectomy is a shaving (clean up) of the cartilage. The Meniscectomy is done if the area of the knee where the torn cartilage is located cannot be repaired. This is usually the case in older people where the injury is due to degeneration or if the injured area lacks the blood supply necessary to properly heal.

A repair is major surgery with immobilization which causes atrophy to the knee and quad. I don't care who you are this is a 3-6 month recovery. The decision to have a repair instead of the Meniscectomy is huge. If the repair fails they may have to go back in and do a Meniscectomy anyway. It’s probably a good idea to get a second opinion on the repair as this is going to be a difficult rehab. If you are under 40 then this a reapir is certainly worth a shot.

With the Meniscectomy you are looking at a 3 week to 3 month recovery. Some people never completely recover. If you are a young and top conditioned athlete you should probably not resume any real strenuous activity for a minimum of 6 weeks. I don't think you want to take the chance on returning too soon where you may tear up your ACL or something else because your knee is still weak.

Personally I've a had a Quad repair in 2005 (the most horrible injury ever) and just Monday a Meniscectomy. Today is day 6 and I'm getting around with a cain, the pain can be really bad if I stay on my feet too long but I'm walking better than per-surgery. I have only two small incisions in my knee and the knee is a bit smaller than pre-opp. I go back to the doc Tuesday (8 days post opp) for evaluation in order to determine a PT plan.

Jan 21, 2010
Retear?
by: Anonymous

I had a meniscus repair 3 weeks ago and have been told to remain non weight bearing for 6 weeks. How likely is it that it will tear again as soon as I put weight on it?

Feb 09, 2010
Meniscus Damage
by: Ian- Adelaide S.A.

Hi all,
I had my Meniscus removed about 4 weeks ago and have not been enjoying my time off to say the least. I have constant swelling but am able to walk unaided and have been since surgery although the 1st week was pretty bad.
I have had 2 lots of blood and fluid drained from my left knee so far and am going in Monday for another look and if not gone down surgery again on Tuesday.
It just keeps swelling and filling up with fluid. I am well and truly over this.
I will keep u all posted.
Good luck to all

Feb 15, 2010
Meniscus Repair on right Knee
by: Joyce

After reading these, I feel lucky.. I had Meniscus repair on Jan 28th, the next day I started Physical Therapy, was rid of the crutches 4 days after surgery and have been walking all over the place pain free. Sometimes in the evenings I have some pain where the sutures are.. My calf muscle was extremely sore last week, but PT gal tells me it is just my muscle, no redness and it has improved. Only issue I have now is some numbness & tingling in my right foot. I see PT gal today but based on research I've done, it seems to be normal with some folks, nerve damage or bruising. I've been able to ride my stationary bike now for a week. Have been very pleased with my knee recovery.

Feb 20, 2010
Meniscusectomy
by: Anonymous

I had my sugery on 2/18/10 and no pain for the first day and a half. When I woke up today had some serious stiffness but only taking 800 mg motrin and hadnt taken any since 5:30 the night before.. have noticed knee feeling hot and slight swelling but not much pain with wight on leg... been using crutches when needed.

Feb 28, 2010
Pain and Swelling after Meniscectomy
by: Anonymous

Had a meniscectomy 12/31. My swelling never did go away and increased to the point of hardly being able to walk. I was limping and walking on my tip toe to avoid the pain. I referred myself to phyical theraphist who has me walk with one crutch and is working on my stiff calf issue from limping and my swelling. My otho gave me a cortisone shot last Tuesday which is my first post op. He didn't seem too concerned and said I may have to go on oral steriods. It hurt like hell and the swelling is coming back. The shot didn't last a week. I am wondering did he leave something in there? Is there something else going on? In some ways I am glad I found this site. I am not the only one suffering with this.

Mar 24, 2010
nine months out
by: JWM

I had menicus surgery nine months ago. I still have swelling, restricted ability to flex my leg backwards, discomfort on the outside of my knee, and occassional pain in the heel of my foot.
I have followed the therapy completely. I ride the exercise bike 30 minutes a day, do the stretching, and some strengthing exercises.
The results have been very discouraging. Any ideas.

Mar 25, 2010
Meniscal Tear
by: Ian - Adelaide SA

Dont despair, mine is coming along ok now finally. I have been having Physio on average 2 times a week and been given all these different exercises to do which are working. My physio says I am way ahead of where I should be so thats encouraging. Try lunges and squats for strengthening the quads and gaining flexibility back in your leg. Its helped me immensly. I didnt need the 2nd surgery after all and am thankful for that as it would have put me back to square one again. Keep positive it will get there as I have learnt just takes time.

Mar 31, 2010
meniscus repair
by: Anonymous

I got mine repaired last week (March 23, 2009) and I was on crutches for two days before I put full weight on it as instructed by my doctor. I go back tomorrow for a check up, and I'm feeling good besides the buckling my knee is doing every now and then when I walk, there's no pain, the stiffness is starting to go away, and I had no swelling. I'm 17 years old, tore it at dance rehearsal, fell on it, and did five showings of a musical on it.

Apr 03, 2010
Meniscul repair on 18 yr old
by: Anonymous

I am 18 yrs old and had a meniscul repair on my right knee yesterday 4/2/10, i'm an athlete,im suppose to be in a brace for 4 weeks. My surgen told me nothing about PT. I really think i should do PT after reading all these posts. My biggest worry is that I have prom in 5 weeks :/ I want to be able to enjoy it without having to worry about my knee, do u think i will be able to by then and should i mention PT to my doctor, will it help me recover quicker?? Any advice would be helpful! THANK YOU

May 02, 2010
surgery
by: jeff

i just had a meniscus allograft (transplant) on March 1st, and i still have a lot of swelling from my foot to my lower thigh. is this NORMAL. and alot of pain from one of the incisions. could there be NERVE damage?

May 03, 2010
Meniscal Tear
by: Ian - Adelaide SA

Well I have certainly forgotten about my knee injury. Being diagnosed with a brain tumour will do that. Had 1 surgery already back in on the 12th May for removal. Wish me luck.

May 04, 2010
Acl and meniscus repair left knee April 15th
by: RB

I guess after reading all of this I am a little confused why it has taken so long for everyone to be weight bearing. I had my surgery was on April 15, 2010 and was walking full weight bearing on April 17th. Dropped the crutches April 19th first day of physical therapy. Zero pain and on a stationary bike April 21st. Now 2 and half weeks out full blown therapy, knee able to flex to 115 degrees. Slight ankle swelling at the end of the day. Has anyone else recovered as quick? I may have been lucky because I did extensive pre surgery theraphy for 4 weeks.

May 04, 2010
knee operation clarification
by: Anonymous

You're confused because you probably didn't have an allograph or a repair, you had a scope and everyone who gets a scope (meniscus removed) can walk almost immediately. That's the good news, fast recovery. The problem with a meniscopy(sp?) is that afterwards you have less meniscus right at the spot where your knee is weakest and it will wear out more quickly, so when you're 60 or 70 you might need a knee replacement.

May 04, 2010
Spelling
by: Anonymous

Sorry, the word is meniscectomy, not meniscopy.

May 06, 2010
brace or not?
by: Anonymous

I am a 53 year old female runner who had a meniscus repair on April 16. I was not prescribed a brace however I used crutches for 2-3 days following surgery. I started PT on April 23 and have been doing prescribed exercises at home. Now my knee aches and feels a bit stiff, especially at nighttime. I continue to RICE daily. Now I'm wondering if I should have been wearing a brace all along to avoid reinjury, or am I just doing too much activity too soon?

May 26, 2010
pain
by: Anonymous

I had a patial miniscus surgery. I've been doing Physical Therapy for about four visits & do that at home as taught. The pain was here & there but deffinately much better pre & post-op but the surgery was May 17th 2010 & today is the 25th of May & the pain is with every step in knee. I've been on Aspirin & continue for a month & stopped taking pain medication after couple days after surgery but had to take one yesterday & took two together now. I hate taking them. I'm sitting here with hot pack. What could it be? Thank-you. Sarah

May 30, 2010
ACL\HAMSTRING SURGERY
by: LINDSAY

I HAD MY SURGERY MAY13,2010. I AM A LITTLE OVER THAN 2 WEEKS OUT, AND I AM FEELING WONDERFUL. MY KNEE IS JUST ABOUT BACK IN FULL MOTION( I CAN'T BELIEVE IT)! I STILL HAVE SOME DAILY SWELLING OF MY FOOT ,WHICH IS COMPLETELY NORMAL.
THE ONLY TRUE EXERCISE I HAVE DONE IS TRYING TO WALK NORMAL. I HAVE DONE A DAY OR 2 OF SWIMMING.
DON'T BABY IT..




Jun 27, 2010
Help?
by: Anonymous

I have a question, hopefully someone can offer some insight.

I had meniscus reattachment on the 3rd of June; partial tear in the medial meniscus, they stitched it back together and sent me home. Swelling has gone down for the most part, and there's no pain; I have regained most of my flexion, too, though I'm limited to 120 degrees.

I did something a little less than wise, however. This past monday, I was instructed that I could begin walking with crutches within a week. Rather than listen like a good patient, I let my 19-year old know-it-all side take over, and decided I could try walking between classes using only one crutch. This was on Wednesday, two into the week before I could start walking with crutches.

After 30 minutes of being up and about, my knee started to swell up, and I panicked. I visited the university sports medicine doctor, who said she doubted I had torn it again if I didn't feel a sudden jerk, but that I should call the surgeon to make sure.

I know she's right, but I'm afraid to call and admit my stupidity, and, moreover, really don't have time to drive back to my hometown for another examination. My leg has returned to normal (well, as normal was it was) since Tuesday, and I've been non-weight bearing. I'll mention it to PT tomorrow, of course, but does anyone have any insight on whether or not I might have compromised the repair? How easy is it to completely retear a meniscus roughly 2.5-3 weeks after surgery?

Jul 06, 2010
4 months
by: Anonymous

I had a torn meniscus years ago & did it up again after hip surgery. The Dr shaved off both sides of the meniscus & told me I was healing ahead of time on my return visit. But 4 months later my ankle still swells & is painful to the point I have to use a cane even with 2 kinds of pain med. I use anti inflammatory pain gel on it & ice. It goes down then a couple weeks later comes back. Why does the ankle swell this long after surgery. Is it from nerve damage?

Jul 22, 2010
Failed Repair
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know what the signs of a failed repair are?

I have tried to do some research since I had a meniscus repair in 2009 and have found there isn't much on the topic. This website has been the best on getting answers. I have also found that many people are misinformed about the difference between the removal and repair of the meniscus.

Aug 23, 2010
a year and a month post op
by: frustrated

I had my right knee done july 29th of 2009. Almost a year and a full month after my knee still swells, I can't go a day without pain, and my ankle swells as well. I feel there may be some nerve damage seeing as the pain pulses down my shin and up my femer into my hip socket. could the surgery have failed. I tried a round of cortozone shots but they only worked for two weeks. My doc won't medicate me anymore, i've tried physical therapy, and icing does nothing. I work 8 hours a day 5 days a week, if anyone knows how to help me i'd appreciate it tremendously...I can relay the info back to my doc seeing as he has no idea whats wrong.

Aug 24, 2010
Redness after surgery
by: Rick

Peter, any redness is usually not good. The best thing to do is call your doctor and ask. You have not given enough specifics about the operation, recovery, PT, etc. to diagnose the issue.

Aug 24, 2010
Post Opp frustrated
by: Rick

Sorry to hear about your continued struggles with your knee. You have not stated your age and the details of your operation. If your doctor is at a loss for what's ailing you and you are young and the expected outcome was a full recovery then I would seek another opinion. However, if you are older, have some arthritis the outcomes can be unpredictable. The best thing you can do for your knee is to strengthen your Quads and to lose weight if you are overweight.

Sep 14, 2010
frustrated
by: teacher

I had 50% of my meniscus taken out July 29. I have between stage 2 and 3 arthritis in the knee which was cleaned up. It was done with scope. No crutches, brace. I did use a walker in the house and use a cane outside. Got an infection in the site a week later and was on antibiotics. Started PT within 5 days. Very aggressive PT.........200 reps on various machines. Felt pretty good.
Started back to teaching last week and within 3 days the knee started to buckle. Got a shot of cortisone and was advised to have more PT. After reading all these posts it seems the number one complaint is swelling.........which I have. I try to sit when I can , but being a teacher that is hard to do. My therapist is concerned and did not have me do any exercise , just stim and ice. Very frustrating to still walk with a limp and pain and LOTS of swelling, even the feet. But maybe I am expecting too much since it has only been 6 -7 weeks post op.

Sep 16, 2010
frustrated!
by: sarah

I had ACL surgery as well as my Meniscus partially removed exactly five weeks ago tomorrow. I started walking without my crutches last week and am managing to get around, every day I am able to walk a little bit further, which is great because I work in a large hospital, and have to walk quite the distance just to get from my car to my office. Relying on friends and family to push me in a wheelchair just so I could work was getting old, for everybody!
However, I am very frustrated because I still can't straighten my leg when I am standing. I can straighten it when I am laying flat, but it is horribly painful. Most of the pain starts at the back of my knee and radiates down the back of my calf. I am also still having a lot of swelling, I can only work four hour shifts right now because any more than that and my knee and foot get so swollen that my shoe doesn't fit (required to wear fully enclosed shoes) and my skin feels like its going to break open!
I don't get much sleep at night either because any time I want to change position I wake myself up, and there aren't very many comfortable positions anyway. I miss the ice machine that I had right after I got back from surgery. Too bad I don't have the room/resources to make enough ice in my tiny apartment (was staying with family for a while because I live on the third floor).
I was doing PT but had to stop because I am working full time and going to school full time, and there just aren't enough hours in the day! Still trying to do all the exercises that they gave me. I have started to gain back some of my muscle and of course the biggest break through was being able to walk again.

Still very worried about the swelling and lack of being able to bend without pain. Glad I found this site though, its good to know some of the things I experienced, like the tingling, and redness/swelling in my foot seem to be common.

Sep 23, 2010
Meniscus surgery
by: Anonymous

I had a torn meniscus and ended up with arthroscopic surgery July 21. Also, doctor said I had a lot of osteoarthritis on the knee so he shaved some of the bone. He told me that by cutting out the part of the meniscus that was torn, my baker's cyst might go away. My knee is still swollen after 2 months and it is hard to go up & down stairs normally. I continue physical therapy twice a week. Just wonder how long it will be before I can use the stairs like a normal person. I'm 62 so maybe my age is against me.

Sep 24, 2010
Hang in there
by: Rick

At age 62 (I'm 55) I'd say 3 - 6 months for a full recovery. I'm on 8 months and there are days when I fly up the stairs and days when it is hard, arthritis is unpredictible. If you are overweight than losing weight helps greatly. Losing as little as 10 lbs can help me immensely. Strengthening your quads is key, lunges and leg raises are best for that. Medication and ice for the swelling. Good luck and hang in there you will recover!

Sep 26, 2010
I feel your pain!
by: John

I had surgery for a meniscus tear September 15th. During the surgery I had a cyst explode in the back of my knee. I had to have emergency fasciotomy surgery to remove the fluid and pressure. My leg has been swollen 3 times the size of normal. I have been putting pressure on leg since one week per Dr. and I am told I am doing well. The worst part has been the calf and numbness of leg. The leg also swells and then hurts like pins and needles when propped up.

Oct 17, 2010
Not so bad off, I guess
by: George

Here I'm panicing at 10 days following surgery over knee swollen twice its normal size and beginning to see the "black & blue" settling in my feet. The ice machine sounds like a real boon to those who got that experience. My doc had me stand on the surgical leg to get out of bed and take on the crutches. I couldn't take the pain the crutches created under my arms so I chucked those at about 3-4 days. Using 1 seems as good as 2 in helping maintain stability while moving around the house. The stiffness in the knee bothers me considerable as I can hardly get in & out of car or in and out of bathtub. I can do all the leg extensions ordered by the doc except lifting the leg while on my back. Does anyone have any tricks for keeping their knee iced while standing or movinh around. The most excrusiating pain is sitting or standing on the "black & blue" areas. Finding a comfortable sitting position is hell. Thanks, everyone, for sharing their experience; it's a great source of support to me.

Oct 18, 2010
Meniscus Repair
by: Ian of Adelaide

Well I go back for surgery number 2 on November 11th. Dr says there must be a bit still catching in the area and will be more aggressive this time. I had initial surgery January 10 so its been a while.
Still cant kneel on it, I hobble up stairs and it burns all the time.
Wish me luck and I will keep you posted

Oct 24, 2010
Not bad at all, considering
by: Texas

Had my surgery Thursday Oct 21 and only used crutches for three days. Today I'm off the crutches but still hobbling pretty bad. Pain is tolerable. Haven't had pain meds since day before yesterday (Friday). Advil works as good as anything. The cooling machine is great. Of course my knee looks like a grapefruit but no bruising. I'm planning to go to work tomorrow (Monday) but on light duty - maybe 1/2 a day. I'm to bored to stay home. Overall it is about what I expected, maybe a little more tha I was expecting.

Oct 24, 2010
knee pain in the the butt :(
by: ang

glad to find this site. i had arthro. surgery oct 15 for what was thought to be clipping torn lateral meniscus but, actually, was a broken off, pinky finger sized piece wedged in between cap and bone and then shaving off damaged portion of bone chondro-something(?). they wanted me walking free (no crutches). i improved latter part of first week post-op...then it hit...pain, stiffness, and swelling worse than pre-surgery. suppose to start pt. i'll see what they say. dr. thinks i will improve after 7-10 days of pt. he says my body will re-absorb the excess fluid. i doubt it. i get weird sensations like something is moving around in knee. he said it's from the fluid. everyone said this would be easy & i would be back to normal in a week. they lied:( forget steps-up or down. i am a soon to be 50 active female, avid walker. any suggestions or words of encouragement appreciated!

Oct 24, 2010
lympedema
by: teacher

Well, I am writing again after a couple of months.
Surgery for meniscus was July 29. Had PT and was doing pretty good. Then I started school in Aug and knee buckled and from then on it was downhill. Started PT again and then had such swelling in BOTH legs, I could not even see my toes. Turns out I have lymphedema,,,,,,,,,,,,,can happen after surgery. So now I take PT for the knee and lymphedema PT for the swelling. I will end up having a pump at my home since this is a life long condition. I have worn compression wraps on my legs for the last 4 weeks. They come off for 4 hours a week. However, I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The swelling has come down enough that I can wear compression stockings. Never thought I would be excited to wear "old lady stockings", but after all this , yes I am. On the bright side, since the swelling has come down the knee pain has lessened.......good thing. Never thought all this would happen just from meniscus surgery..................

Oct 29, 2010
Just had surgery
by: Anonymous

I had surgery about 48 hours ago and my knee is swelled so bad can't see the kneecap. I have been sitting here today for five hours because it is too painful to get up. What do i DO?

Nov 09, 2010
informed consent?
by: Gee

I had my left meniscus repaired one week ago. My doc says I'll be on crutches, with no weight bearing for six weeks. I am very uncomfortable and quite swollen. I have returned to work and cannot elevate my leg at all during the day. It sux. I have read that one should really consider whether a removal is better than a repair because of age and length of healing time. Well, I never had the option. My doc told me it would be a partial removal and smoothing of the tear, and I would be able to walk out of the hospital and use stairs the next day. What a shock when I was being sent home from the hospital with crutches and instructions of no weight bearing for six weeks! I have never even heard of a repair and would have opted for a removal if I had been given the option. I am 52 years old, have never been on crutches before, have poor upper body strength (although I am in fairly good shape), and regularly need to use stairs at home and at work. I am angry and frustrated.

Nov 16, 2010
Hanging in there...
by: Anonymous

Well I feel a little better after reading this site...thanks. I had meniscus tear repair on Nov. 1st and am still experiencing swelling, pain and frustration. I hear people say oh, I recovered in 3 weeks and I'm thinking, well what happened to me. I'm in my late thirties, not as active as I should have been prior but not terrible. I am in PT now and my therapist seemed to indicate (without actually saying it) that perhaps I didn't push myself enough post surgery. I started PT 9 days after my surgery. I'm like how much should I have pushed myself...I don't know? Anyway, I'm trying to think positive and sincerely hope things will get better...quickly.

Dec 02, 2010
Recovering...
by: Anonymous

I had a meniscus surgery on Nov. 19th and went home same day, bearing weight with crutches. I only used them for 3 days and have been walking without them since. I still have not followed up with my doctor since he is now away on a conference. Today my leg is swollen and red and he has not returned my phone calls. I feel much better after reading your posts. I guess I'm just going to lay in bed and elevate my foot. Hopefully this will help.

Dec 04, 2010
Meniscus repair
by: Anonymous

It really helps to read all of the comments. Makes me feel that I am not alone. Had surgery on November 11th. First couple of weeks were great. Not much pain and swelling was not bad. Overdid it and felt like I re-injured it. My PT assures me I did not. I just did too much. I have good days and bad days. Today is a bad day. Drove about 40 miles today and now my knee is very sore. I am so bummed. What I can't figure out is why for the first two weeks I felt great and since then it has been a struggle. Sometimes I feel like my old pain is back. Very frustrated.

Dec 09, 2010
Doing well after surgery
by: Anonymous

I had a meniscus repaired on October 28. It's now 6 weeks later and my knee is still slightly swollen. It is worse at night when I've been on my feet all day.
I never had to use a walker, or crutches and was walking the day of the surgery. My doctor didn't prescribe therapy and I can walk. My right calf, the right knee was the one, is still not as soft as my left, but it is getting better each day. If I'm on my feet too long, my leg will ache slightly. I occasionally take a vicodin when that happens. I consider myself very lucky, no hard brace, crutches, cane or walker. I am 71 years old.

Jan 10, 2011
only 10% removed
by: Anonymous

I torn my meniscus 12/30/09 while snowboarding. MRI showed a medial meniscus tear around the posterior horn. Had arthroscopic surgery but the OS afterward said there wasn't a tear after all. I am 24 and a collegiate, so I kept on training through the Summer. I never felt the same though, I finally went in again and a MRI showed I had a medial meniscus tear, again (The same tear, the other OS was just a lower quality surgeon, i suspect).

My question is for those who have gotten a partial medial menisectomy: I am 3 weeks post-op and want to know If I am the only one who walks differently due to bearing more weight on the outer part of ones foot. To be more clear, I am talking about my left knee and the fact that I can't seem to place weight evenly on my soles. My weight compensates outward leaving my knee very shaky during one leg balancing drills

Jan 13, 2011
Maniscus Surgery O OK!
by: Anonymous

I had a surgery on Oct. 25th 2010. I was able to put weight on it the next day and haven't used the crutches after that. I went for physio the next day and got on a bike. It was really awkward for the first little while due to the amount of liquid in my knee but my surgeon told me that the more discomfort I put up with in the beginning, the faster and better my knee will heal. I am not taking any anti inflammatory pills but my knee still swells up after doing exercises. I started running last week, first I did 1 min. run, 1 min walk and am now starting 2 min run, 1 min walk, for 20 minutes.

I am 30 years old and am joining the Navy in March.

My word of advice is that you put up with some discomfort now, it's worth it.

Good luck to you all|!

Feb 21, 2011
3 Months Post Op
by: Anonymous

I had surgery to remove torn meniscus in my right knee 3 months ago. After about 4 weeks, I was feeling great and given the okay to resume activities. I was fine until about a week ago when my knee swelled up and stiffened again. I can't straighten it out or bend it more than about 50%. It also looks very swollen. I have been having some pain in the knee also. Not sure what to do. I've been elevating and icing, but it's not getting any better. Calling my OS tomorrow to have him take a look. OMG, could I need surgery again?? What could have happened??

Feb 22, 2011
to prior poster
by: Rick

You didn't really say if you injured it (i.e. twisted it, it buckled, you fell on it, etc.). If you did not noticeably hurt it then it could be an infection. If you injured it, it could be anything from a sprain to another meniscus tear or even ligament damage. That much swelling 3 months post-op is not normal so go see you doctor ASAP.

Feb 22, 2011
Meniscus Surgery
by: Ian of Adelaide

I had surgery number 2 on November 11 last year and started full time work again 2 weeks ago.
Knee is getting there, still cant kneel on it and have trouble bending certain ways but all in all going ok.
They debrided the meniscus again as some of the edge had flared into the joint again so my pain was from there and my recovery from surgery this time was fast.
Ive been having physio in particular doing Pilates exercises and they are great for it.
I now can walk reasonably normal with no wobble or favouring the left leg finally.
Been a long 15 months but we got there.
Cheers.

Mar 18, 2011
Meniscectomy
by: Anonymous

Had surgery to remove torn part of my meniscus, cleaned up some arthritis. I'm an active healthy 69 yr old woman. Surgery was on march 22, walked right after surgery, first day was great. Second day was not so great - much more swelling and pain. Still weight-bearing but more painful,
. 3rd day is the worst, huge knee, stiff and painful, but still weight-bearing and hobbling in pain. Today is day 4, and I'm amazed at the remarkable improvement from yesterday to today. Worked full day, no pain but knee stiff and swollen, getting rapidly better. I am so thankful for this site because I thought my swelling was way too extreme and that I should have it drained until I read all the helpful posts. Thanks to all of you; here's my contribution.

Mar 18, 2011
Correction to last post
by: Anonymous

I just posted about my meniscectomy which was march 15, not march 22!

Mar 19, 2011
2nd meniscus tear
by: teacher

Well, I now had my other knee operated on for a meniscus tear. I had my first one done this past July. I switched surgeons...........don't know for sure it that is the reason, but this surgery went so much easier than the one this past summer. I was able to walk without much pain the next day, had minimal swelling and just felt much better. He did take about 50% of the meniscus, like the other knee. I did not get an infections this time and since I had developed the lymphedema last surgery.............well, I worried it would get worse, but it did not.
We are now injecting my other knee with Synvisc,,,,,,,,,series of 3 injections. Hope it works,,,,,I am so ready to walk without much pain,,,,,,forgot what that feels like!

Mar 27, 2011
Meniscus surgery
by: Dana Plummer

I had surgery on December 17, 2011, it is now March 26, 2011 and I am still haveing welling and pain, The doctor told me to go back to work one week after surgery and put weight on it without the crutches and I truly think something is wrong, not to mention I am still in therapy and have had my knee drained three times since surgery...HELP....

Mar 31, 2011
swelling after 6 week meniscus repair is it normal?
by: Anonymous

I had meniscus repair and healed quickly, after having the knee drained, but still have swelling after 6 weeks, should I worry?

Apr 05, 2011
Meniscus
by: Ian of Adelaide

Read all the above comments to set your minds at ease.

Apr 17, 2011
All around 15 year old
by: Anonymous

Im 15 years old that is one of the fastest runners in the state . I do gymnastics , tracck , tennis , cheerleading and dance ! I had surgery on april 5 but im looking forward to my doctor telling me i can get off my crutches tommorow ! I went in for an acl reconstruction but ended up having to get a mcl repair too ( stiched ) but my PT said im doing alot better leg can go completely straight and i can bend it 90 degrees , ( first it on went 65 degrees ). im lifting leg weights and doing the bike at pt ! Do you think its possible i can get off my crutches tommorow ?

Jun 18, 2011
Walking on leg the first day
by: Anonymous

June 18, 2011 I had surgery yesterday @ Kerlan & Jobe (Laker/Dodger Doctors) Things went very smoothly as far as walking. During Pre-op I told my doctor that I did not want crutches but a cane. When I got home I was able to walk off and on with out the cane.
The doctor wanted me to move every hour or so to prevent a blood clot and ice it down as much as possible. I use frozen veggies (corn or peas) and wrap it around with a towel.
After surgery my leg was wrapped with elastic bands in which I keep on for 3 days and use band aids and wrap with saran wrap for shower.
This is the second day and my ankle/foot & leg are some what swollen and I am using the cane off and on. It's hard to sit and bend, but I feel lucky.

Jun 18, 2011
Meniscus surgery
by: Anonymous

Had surgery April 28, 2011 for a torn meniscus. No repair done, but damaged part removed along with some cartilage. Now, almost 7 weeks later I am still exercising (on my own). My knee is defintely better, but still swollen. Also, wakens me up during the night if I move in a certain way. Plus, if I sit for a long period, it stiffens up, but soon relaxes after several steps. I am just a little concerned that the swelling is still there. I am 68 years old, could this be part of the problem?

Jun 18, 2011
Reply to Meniscus surgery
by: Rick

The swelling and stiffness can go on for some time. Each week you will improve but it probably took me 6 months to fully recover and maybe 9-12 months before I forgot I had surgery. I was 55 so at 68 it seems like you are doing great. I think we all hear stories about people walking the next day and getting back to sports activities in 4-6 weeks but this is the exception not the rule. Everyone is different and all tears are not in the same place or the same grade so there is no precise guideline to recovery. Perform all the PT, keep ice on it and time will heal your knee.

Jun 18, 2011
meniscus
by: teacher

I agree with Rick. I have had 2 meniscus tears in less than 7 months. They took about 50% in each knee plus cleaned out the arthritis. 2nd knee did MUCH better than my first. But I also took a medical leave and did not go back to teaching right away. The first one had so much swelling and was diagnosed with lymphedema. That knee has been shot with Synvisc and is doing better. The 2nd knee is doing well. Everyone is different.

Jun 20, 2011
Meniscus after total knee
by: Anonymous

Is it possible to tear your meniscus after you had a total knee done?

How much damage does that do to your total? Post surgery 7 years. I'm 52 still active playing tennis and basketball and walking with the wife.

Jun 20, 2011
Meniscus after total knee
by: Rick

When you say Total Knee do you mean Knee replacement or Knee reconstruction (i.e. torn ACL)?

In a replacement they remove the cartilage so you could not tear your meniscus. With a reconstruction you could tear your meniscus. There are many ways to sprain your knee that don't involve the Meniscus. Assuming it is not red, very swollen and functioning, rest your leg and use RICE method and if it is not better in 2 weeks go see your doc.

Jun 23, 2011
Ankle dislocate and fracture..
by: Anonymous

I had an injury 2 years ago now where i dislocated my ankle and fractured the bone on the outside (forget the name) i now have a permanent plate and 8 screws.
I STILL have a fair amount of swelling, nothing too soft like the initial swelling but my ankle is still about 30-50% bigger than my good one.
Just wondering what are some opinions on this?

Aug 12, 2011
MENISCUS TEAR RECOVERY
by: PIVOT MACH 4

I HAD AN ORTHOSCOPIC WITH PARTIAL MEDIAL MIESECTOMY SURGERY 4 WEEKS AGO. 50 YEAR OLD MALE THAT HAS EXERCISED 6 DAYS A WEEK MY WHOLE LIFE. I HAVE BEEN TO REHAB NOW 6 TIMES STARTING MY 1ST REHAB 2 WEEKS AFTER SURGERY. I STILL HAVE SOME SWELLING AND PAIN IN MY KNEE. I CAN WALK UP DOWN STAIRS FAIRLY PAINLESSLY. I'M ONLY UP TO ABOUT 10 MINUTES OF BIKING. I AM BACK DOING SOME POWER YOGA,(STAYING AWAY FROM TWISTING, DEEP KNEE BENDS,) WITHOUT MUCH PAIN. I CLIMB ALOT OF STAIRS DAILY BETWEEN MY HOUSE AND WORK AND SOME DAYS IT HURTS AND SOME DAYS ITS FINE. I OVER WORKED MY KNEE YESTERDAY WITH THERAPY AND A LITTLE BIT OF HIKING. MY KNEE REALLY HURTS TODAY.
MY QUESTION IS WHERE SHOULD I BE AT THIS POINT AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M OVERDOING IT?

Aug 17, 2011
QUESTION
by: Anonymous

My son had a bucket tear repaired Dec. 2010. He did the whole non-weight bearing thing, PT, brace, etc. 12 weeks after surgery (his first day released by doc to normal activity) he tore the same spot in gym class when another teen fell on him. He had a 2nd surgery the next week to remove the meniscus, the tear was to severe to repair. Now, he has resumed football and his knee has started to swell. Doc drained 100cc's and a week later 50 more to relieve the stiffness. The question I have been unable to have answered is why now after so long, is he having swelling? He did play baseball in the spring after the 2nd surgery with no problems.

Aug 17, 2011
statememt
by: Anonymous

the one thing about this site is,,,,,,,,you vent and no one can really answer your questions!

Sep 02, 2011
GET OUT AND MOVE
by: Dan

Menicus repair 15 days ago today, 99% fully recovered. Rode 5 miles on my bike the day after surgery. Doc said I couldn't re-injure so why not. 20 miles day 2, 17 miles day 3. Leg extension, curls, seated press, and seated calf raises low weight high reps, now back to running. Key is to get out and move. You've got the beat the "quadricep inhibition" affect. Google it.

Oct 03, 2011
Meniscus Surgery
by: Anonymous

I had my surgery 19th September. I was using a walker for 10 days. I thought by now I would be feling much better.My calf is so sore and stiff. I have been walking doing some exercises and walking in the pool. T oday I noticed my ankle is swollen ane calf is hard,not hot. Actually cool to the touch. Any suggestions I am a 70year old female. I started back to work part time as a nurses aide private duty. Just 2-3 hours a day.

Dec 26, 2011
Lateral Meniscus surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Had surgery on the 22nd of December and was able to walk the next day with the aid of a cane. 3 days later I was instructed to remove the ace bandage which covered my lower thigh, knee, and upper calf. There was severe swelling of my foot as well as my calf and thigh. The foot swelling, now 5 days later, has diminished, but there is still significant swelling in my thigh and calf. I started PT today with leg stretching exercises. I ice the knee and try to avoid using the cane as I now have pain in my left hip. I use compression stockings and will see my doctor next week for the first checkup after surgery. My left thigh and calf measure 1 inch greater than my right thigh and calf because of the swelling. PT again in 3 days and home exercise. Off the pain killers.

Dec 28, 2011
3 weeks afeter Merniscus Surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks Rick and thanks to all of you for the information posted.
I am 56 and just had Meniscus surgery. I was in crutches for 3 weeks, just graduated to a cane. So far I had 9 days of physical therapy.
I don't have pain, some disconfort but today the sweeling is a bad as before the surgery. Before my surgery I did not have much pain just lots of sweeling. It goes up in down so I feel I am not moving forward at all.
I allways recuperated very fast after any surgery but this is very slow and it is discuraging. I will like to know if the sweeling is normal after surgery. There is no infection or hematoma.

Dec 28, 2011
small point NEW
by: Anonymous

It's swelling not sweeling.

Dec 28, 2011
small point NEW
by: Anonymous

It's swelling not sweeling.

Dec 28, 2011
small point NEW
by: Anonymous

It's swelling not sweeling.

Dec 28, 2011
small point NEW
by: Anonymous

It's swelling not sweeling.

Jan 15, 2012
meniscus repair walking 2 weeks post-op NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a meniscus repair a week and a half ago, and got 5 stitches put in. I am no longer on medication, and can put full weight on my knee without experiencing any pain, as long as I am wearing a brace. Is it okay to be walking around, or should I still be using crutches?
Thanks!

Jan 26, 2012
Reading these posts makes me feel kinda better. NEW
by: Patti

I had my knee repaired Nov. 3 2010, by a Workers Comp Doctor. I was doing well with PT and 6 months after surgery I bent my Left surgery knee to step down to the next step and my knee gave out. I flew fell about 6 feet to the concrete on my right side. I fractured just under my right knee. From then on its been down hill. My knee sticks, locks and is crunchy. I was told to stay off it. So now the pain is so bad that I sit for 45 minutes it's the same for standing etc. I fall so much they gave me a cane. This whole thing has taken its toll, my lower back and hips are stiff and very painful now. I haven't had any treatment for 10 months now and they want to release me. I am only 51 and I haven't any idea what I will do for work? If I wait too long to take my pain meds the pain is so intense I end up pacing, trying to sit, stand or lay down. I also get severe muscle spasms. I can't put full weight on my knee because it gives out constantly. Any advice? I want to walk normal again.

Jan 27, 2012
Meniscus Tear Surgery - Swelling NEW
by: Anonymous

I had Meniscus Tear Surgery on Dec. 28, 2011. First PT appt. was scheduled Jan 3, 2012 by Dr's office. The same day of surgery, I was up walking that evening with no pain back & forth to the bathroom. Next day, I had swelling and started using crutches. Third day, I fell backwards trying to use crutches and opened my knee incisions and had a pool of watery blood under me. My knee felt 100% better afterwards because my swelling (pain) was all over the floor under me instead of hurting in my tight knee. Now it's been 1 month since the surgery and the swelling has gone down some. The only swelling is above my knee and my knee. I ice my knee 3-4 times daily for 20 minutes each while elevating my leg above my heart. I'm still in PT. I quit eating salty foods (like McD's fries) and that seemed to help. I'm also drinking plenty of water and taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory med (aspirin, ibuphren or aleve). The swelling is still there but day by day it's improving. It's quite a process - hang in there.

Feb 14, 2012
10 days out NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a partial meniscus removal medial and lateral on Feb.2. Crutches for a week . Now full weight with stiffness in knee on flexion. Stationary bike and strengthening exerercises, stretching. minimal pain. Still a bit swollen but not much. Bruising on medial side of knee. However, nighttime is bad. Bending and straithening the leg can cause sharp pain on medial side, seems like its under the kneecap/ or the VMO when the cap pops into place. Hard to tell in the middle of the night, but the pain is so sharp I can't sleep for worry. Dr. said don't worry it'll go away...I'm 61, and the whole thing except for the night pain wasn't that difficult.

Feb 18, 2012
Setback NEW
by: Anonymous

Had meniscectomy 5 weeks ago on left knee. The first 11 days went great...no crutches, minimal pain, was walking pretty well, etc. Went back to work day 11, but noticed fluid leaking from one of the incisions. Went to my knee doc, and he said my internal stitch didn't take and I was leaking synovial (joint) fluid. He pressed all over my knee to illicit the leaking response, then I stepped off the table and couldn't walk without much limping. I haven't been able to walk without crutches since (3 and 1/2 weeks). Had extreme pain entire leg, hip to foot the next three days. Doc said it was sciatic irritation. So now that pain is better, but I still can't put weight on that leg, and the weird thing is, I get a fever every evening (I'm also on an antibiotic this whole time, as well as RX anti-inflammatories). Anyone else have this experience? I've been doing PT three times a week, and they say it'll just take time, but everyday is the same...no improvement.

Feb 18, 2012
Slow Recovery and Leakage NEW
by: Anonymous

Recovery is scary and a very slow process.
Shortly after surgery, I had difficulty using clutches and fell 3 days after surgery. Fluid was all over the floor under my surgery knee but it was a relief. It dripped from incision 5 days after fall - doc wasn't worried and told me to elevate it with ice which stopped the drainage.

It's been almost 2 months since surgery. My knee remains swollen, tight, heavy yet I have full motion and flexibility back in that knee - thanks to Physical Therapy. Night time pain is rough. I'm considering going into pain management center for ultrasound that is suppose to relieve the pain. Sadly, believe this is a time / healing issue. I'll let you know if this helps with the pain and certainly sympathize with the overnight (stabbing) pain problem.

Feb 28, 2012
5 weeks after medial menisectomy repair leg is swollen form thigh to foot NEW
by: Lenoire

My medial meniscus was partially torn on 10/14/2011, my orthapedic surgeon finally decided after the failed steroid injection on 11/16/2011 to go ahead and do the Medial Menisectomy on 01/20/2012. I still have a great amount of swelling in my left leg from my thigh to my foot. I started using my leg per surgeons instructions 24 hours after surgery and having been walking every since. How long is my leg going to remain swollen. I have pain on a scale of (1 bareable to 10 unbareable) 1-2. However is this normal to have this kind of swelling. It has never gone down since the injury and has gotten bigger since the surgery.
Lenoire.

Mar 01, 2012
Meniscus surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

Had meniscus surgery Feb 8,2012. Was on crutches for until about 2/16/12 because of pain when trying to put weight on the leg. I am now using a cane because knee, leg and foot are still swollen. I still am in pain especially at night when trying to sleep. First pt session 2/23/12 and I do stretching exercises at home. Hopefully I will be able to walk with pain or limping soon. Oh I take Advil for the pain

Mar 02, 2012
Swelling NEW
by: Anonymous

I had surgery at the end of December. What helped the swelling most was elevating my leg above my heart with ice pack everytime I sat down to rest which was alot of 20 minutes under ice each time. Per day 200 minutes all together. Then I started wearing compression / TED stockings and socks that certainly dealt with the swelling, too. Check with your doctor first on the compression stockings because everyone is different. Hope this helps.

Mar 02, 2012
Discoid Meniscus repair NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there,
Great page finally :)
I fell back in Oct, had Xrays and MRI's a small tear that didnt add up with my inability to bare weight on my left knee showed up on my MRI. dr decided to go ahead with a Arthroscopy which was set for Feb 21st 2012.
When the Dr came to talk to me afterwards he said it was no wonder i had trouble. I had a Discoid Menisccus (in my left knee on the left side) This is when you have a full disc instead of the 'C' shape. Apparantly a discoid meniscus is very rare. I had a tear that went from the centre of my knee right across the Discoid. The Dr said he cut away all the un-needed meniscus reconstructing it back to the C shape, and repaird any tear that was left. He also debridled, where they pair back some of the bone. He told me i should be able to put weight on it withn 48hrs, that the surgery was successful and i shouldnt have any worries.
No PT was scheduled, was sent home with 4 exercises, straightening out, bending, lifting whole leg ect ect i am 10 days into recovery, i cannot bend my leg back, i can straighten it with discomfort, I cannot hold my leg up from my hip without pain, its as if my knee just has'nt the strenght, if i turn my leg to the side and lift from hip in this position i cant do it as it is just to painful, my knee is numb, and still swollen. I can take some steps with discomfort very nimbly. After no more then 8-10 steps i get a very dull over whelming pain right in the centre of my knee. So im still using both crutches. I cant use the stairs... that one is my own personal hell.

Can anyone tell me is ths normal? Im not due back to see my Dr till May 2nd!! What should i be doing to help with recovery? I know everyone is differnt but how soon will i be back on my feet?

Mar 02, 2012
Recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

I read your note about no PT scheduled and was surprised because my surgeon scheduled my PT within 5 days of the surgery and told me it was a vital part of my recovery. For you, I'd call your surgeon's office ASAP and let the doctor know everything you are experiencing - especially the pain involved. Don't wait until May to call and mention Physical Therapy.

It's been 2 months since my surgery (of a similar nature). Numbness, I read is nerve damage but more than likely, it will get better as time goes on. Mine has. The tightness and heaviness does get better as time goes on. Healing is a process that is hard to remain patient about. I know.

Physical Therapy has been essential to my recovery. The therapist helps with exercises and includes more as homework. I was religious about doing the exercises daily at home and it has made a world of difference. Two weeks after surgery, I was walking without a limp due to PT. Was it painful? Yes, in the beginning, it was very tough. Now is it as painful? No and it gets easier everytime. Honestly, I don't know what I would have done with Physical Therapy. In the beginning, when my quad muscle wasn't firing, they had the equipment to hook up electrodes to my quad to make it fire. Therapy has tools to get you going. It has been so important to my recovery and can't imagine someone having surgery and not having therapy afterwards.

Mar 03, 2012
Discoid Meniscus repair NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you so much for all the information. I will call the Dr's office monday and see what they have to say.
I was having PT before the surgery, building up muscle, they stopped with 3 wks to go as it was causing severe swelling. I was surprised that no PT was schelduled for afterwards myself.

Thanks again.

Mar 09, 2012
Meniscus NEW
by: Beth

I walked from the recovery bed to the bathroom right after surgery and it was fine...slow but fine...it is day 8 and I have been walking without aid since I got home...have ridden my bike three times now...and do leg lifts to improve the strength..I feel I am way ahead of the game by about 3 weeks...I have not had any pain nor did I take any drugs.
It was a partial meniscus repair...not full...maybe that makes all the difference..

Mar 23, 2012
Meniscus repair on the right knee NEW
by: Nai

Hi guys I thought I was the only one dealing with this issue. Anyways, I had my meniscus repair on Monday on march 19th 2012. Today is march 22nd and I have been in bed since the surgery. I don't know what kind of pain you guys went through but mine is just unbearable. Cannot move a bit without my knee feeling like its getting cut off. On top of that I'm I feeling dizzy all day from the med's or just laying down for three days straight. Im Getting swells to my ankle and feet. I don't how long before this pain suppose to ease down. It's frustrating and annoying. How did you guys get through this? I need some support here. I can't wait to get back on my feet. What kind of meds are you guys taking? Any other symptoms you guys experience that is not normal? I hope I don't have an infection or anything. It just hurts so bad even after three days. Thanks guys!

Mar 23, 2012
Recovery - Dear Nai NEW
by: Anonymous

Dear Nai,
Nothing is worse than being flat on your back in pain and the impatience of a full recovery immediately! I made the mistake of getting up before my 48 hrs was up and not being use to being on crutches, I fell and found myself sitting in a pool of saline and blood from the incision. Please don't be that impatient as I was. My surgery was Dec 28. Let me start by giving you encouragement. This pain that you feel will get better and will lessen in time. The best thing you can do for it is elevate it on pillows above your heart and ice it every 20 minutes. If it's painful, know it's time to ice it and often. Work on getting the swelling down first and then work on your mobility. Swelling means pain and mobility is impossible with pain. I still have a little swelling now but the pain is considerably less - it's all relative. I was on aspirin 325 mg every 12 hrs to reduce the swelling. Your surgeon probably arranged Physical Therapy, right? It sounds like you are also a very active person, too. I'm up to 30 minutes on the stairmaster and 15 minutes on the stationery bike daily. I also walk a couple of miles a day, too. I had to force myself to work up to that and believe me, in the beginning it was very difficult. Probably within 5 days, you'll be in Physical Therapy and things will improve dramatically. Do your exercises like P.T. gives you to do everyday because I know some who didn't and their knee is stuck in a position with little to no mobility. For now, get some good movies or catch up on some reading and take it easy with ice on it. The numbness will improve, too. Take care. Hope this helps.

Mar 23, 2012
Meniscus repair symptoms NEW
by: Nai

Thanks for replying. I was able to take the brace off and do more icing in the area. I notice my feet and calfs are very swollen but doesn't hurt. I was suppose to take my meds an hour ago but since i've been icing it the pain hasn't been bothering me. Is it possible with the brace off, my feet might get more swollen? Im elevating it at all time hoping it will help. Now im dealing with dizziness, i cant even sit up without my head spinning. I hope its the meds that are still in my system and soon as it goes away i can be more balance to sit up. I feel drug out, never taken this much in my life before. Thanks again for the advices. Hope you get fully cover from your injury.

Mar 24, 2012
Nai NEW
by: Anonymous

I think it's time to call your doctor. There are many things happening that he needs to know about: the swelling and dizziness. When a person is laying down, there is a risk for blood clots. Compression stockings or TEDs help. I've never been one to take many drugs either but had little dizziness. The painkiller I was given makes me jittery but nothing more. Definitely, follow your doctor's advice utmost. Take the advice here secondary as non-medical advise. I've had leg vein surgery and now, knee surgery. I was encouraged to get up and going both times shortly after surgery. Your doctor probably told you how long before you need to get up and start going. Of course, you can't do this if you are dizzy. Time to call your doctor.

Mar 24, 2012
Meniscus tear NEW
by: sharkey

I had my left knee opped on for a large meniscul tear removal and clean-up, my partner is a midwife and figures pain is good for me, and leaves me to fend for myself.
It's been four days since Op, they gave me no crutches, I live in a two storey house and have to negotiate 17 stairs to get to the bathroom....the first two days I sat on the stairs used my arm strength and bum hauled my way up and down, good upper body exercise....day three and I'm weightbearing gingerly around and can sit on a chair with knee bent for short times...day four, I'm shopping for kayakfishing stuff ,,,,still unaided by crutches....40mins standings enough....time to drive home...thank god for automatic cars....been really re-assuring reading everyones comments......sounds like I've got a long healing road ahead....I'll probably start on my exercycle in a few days....and may be able to get back into kayaking very soon I hope.....being layed up sucks!!!....when I'm eventually healed I'll be so grateful....get back into my climbing and tramping again....geez you need patience for healing joints...give me a broken bone anyday.

Mar 31, 2012
4 mths in NEW
by: Anonymous

I NEED A MENISCUS REPAIR ON MY RT KNEE BUT WILL NOT HAVE SURGERY AGAIN. HAD REPAIR ON LT KNEE IN DEC AND STILL HAVING PROBLEMS. PAIN/SWELLING/STIFFNESS/CANT BEND KNEE. I HAVE TO
ICE DAILY AND WEAR BRACE. IT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT
AND I HAD TO GO BACK TAKING PAIN MEDS.
I APPRECIATE ALL THE INFORMATION AND I WISH I HAD
READ ALL THE COMMENTS BEFORE SURGERY. I HAD VERY FEW PROBLEMS BEFORE SURGERY BUT PHYSICIAN PERSISTED ON SURGERY.

I DID GREAT IN THE BEGINNING AND HAD PT FOR 1MTH
HAD SWELLING THE ENTIRE TIME. CONTINUED EXERCISES
AND STARTED BACK WALKING AND WORKING. NOW IT IS
WORSE THAN THE BEGINNIG.... WILL NOT OPT FOR MORE
SURGERY.....


































































Mar 31, 2012
4 mths in NEW
by: Anonymous

I NEED A MENISCUS REPAIR ON MY RT KNEE BUT WILL NOT HAVE SURGERY AGAIN. HAD REPAIR ON LT KNEE IN DEC AND STILL HAVING PROBLEMS. PAIN/SWELLING/STIFFNESS/CANT BEND KNEE. I HAVE TO
ICE DAILY AND WEAR BRACE. IT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT
AND I HAD TO GO BACK TAKING PAIN MEDS.
I APPRECIATE ALL THE INFORMATION AND I WISH I HAD
READ ALL THE COMMENTS BEFORE SURGERY. I HAD VERY FEW PROBLEMS BEFORE SURGERY BUT PHYSICIAN PERSISTED ON SURGERY.

I DID GREAT IN THE BEGINNING AND HAD PT FOR 1MTH
HAD SWELLING THE ENTIRE TIME. CONTINUED EXERCISES
AND STARTED BACK WALKING AND WORKING. NOW IT IS
WORSE THAN THE BEGINNIG.... WILL NOT OPT FOR MORE
SURGERY.....


































































Apr 11, 2012
Fothcoming Meniscopy NEW
by: Anonymous

I am now 2 weeks from Meniscopy and Arthoscopy operation on my Left knee. Having read comments above am now starting to shit myself about what will happen afetr Op. Maybe I will just leave it and put up with occasional pain instead of all the post-op aggravation?

Apr 11, 2012
4 months after surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had intermettent pain prior to surgery and now, it's constant. I regret no one told me to reconsider surgery or that the orth place didn't try other methods to treat my knee prior to cutting. Life sure is different. :(

Apr 11, 2012
Discoid Meniscus Repair NEW
by: Eva

Hi everyone,

I posted a comment about my surgery on March 2nd.

After having surgery on my Left Knee on feb 21st.
I finally got to see my Dr last wednesday on the 4th. Who dosent think the surgery was very successful. Im now in a brace, in constant pain, knee is so swollen that my skin is cracking. He wants to wait 2 wks, then start physio for 4 wks and if there is no improvement go back in and see if they missed something!!!!
After all the heart ache im not to sure about this 'going back in' business.

Im really frustrated at this point, as i had better movement, and only slight pain if i over did it before surgery. I cant drive, stand in the shower, use the staits. Nightmare.

Apr 19, 2012
patient NEW
by: sharon Asher

I had my left knee done about 4 years ago and I had my right knee done in september 2011, after the surgery I had a feeling it did not work and I was right about it. I had 2nd surgery on right knee last week and it seems ok but you can never know.
After my surgery on my left knee I could not recover well and a few month later I started bikram yoga because I could not do any exercise and that was my only option.
after one month of bikram yoga it felt much much better and i am about to start it again for the recovery of my right knee.

It's a great exercise for you knee and it makes the knee really strong

Apr 23, 2012
should I have surgery? NEW
by: Anonymous

I am a 92 year old wiodow, who lives alone, and have aswollen left knee and much pain at times. My internist has not suggested surgery, but my ortho doctor told me i needed meniscus surgery. I am having anMRI this coming Friday, but after reading your comments, I think I should learn to live with the knee pain and swelling and only walk when i can. I worked until I was 92 -which was in February. I would deeply appreciate opinions about whether surgery is a good choice based on my age. I have a low-back problem for which I have had 30 bi-literal facet blocks, which help at times. Please, e-mail your comments and suggestions soon. I am almost sure that I will not have the surgery. Many thanks for any help you can give me in making surgery the right decision.

Apr 23, 2012
should I have surgery? NEW
by: Anonymous

I am a 92 year old wiodow, who lives alone, and have aswollen left knee and much pain at times. My internist has not suggested surgery, but my ortho doctor told me i needed meniscus surgery. I am having anMRI this coming Friday, but after reading your comments, I think I should learn to live with the knee pain and swelling and only walk when i can. I worked until I was 92 -which was in February. I would deeply appreciate opinions about whether surgery is a good choice based on my age. I have a low-back problem for which I have had 30 bi-literal facet blocks, which help at times. Please, e-mail your comments and suggestions soon. I am almost sure that I will not have the surgery. Many thanks for any help you can give me in making surgery the right decision.

Apr 23, 2012
should I have surgery? NEW
by: Anonymous

I am a 92 year old wiodow, who lives alone, and have aswollen left knee and much pain at times. My internist has not suggested surgery, but my ortho doctor told me i needed meniscus surgery. I am having anMRI this coming Friday, but after reading your comments, I think I should learn to live with the knee pain and swelling and only walk when i can. I worked until I was 92 -which was in February. I would deeply appreciate opinions about whether surgery is a good choice based on my age. I have a low-back problem for which I have had 30 bi-literal facet blocks, which help at times. Please, e-mail your comments and suggestions soon. I am almost sure that I will not have the surgery. Many thanks for any help you can give me in making surgery the right decision.

Apr 24, 2012
Advice for 92 yr old woman NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello - I'm 54 yrs old that had meniscus surgery and surgeon aggressively also took out arthritis cartiliage damage in my knee, too. Note: I only had pain/swelling in my knee when I ran prior to surgery, only limped after running and I was very active on the stationery bike and elliptical machine at the local YMCA afterwards not limping or had any pain from the machines. I bicycled hundreds of miles per month on my bicycle. My husband is a very logical person and told me before I went to the orth doctor - of course, they will always do surgery because that's how they make their money. I worked in the medical field and trusted doctors a bit more than he does. Well, I had my meniscus surgery in December and spent a fortune on Physical Therapy 2-3 times per week for months. In my case, the swelling and pain is worse now and I can bearly make it down the driveway to my mailbox. I've gone from a highly active person to someone that elevates and ices my knee constantly in bed without relief. My knee is as flexible as it always was and I did the exercises the PT gave me religiously. My knee is less painfully than right after the surgery but instead of intermittent pain caused by running, I'm in constant pain, severe swelling (leg is 2-3 inches thicker than other leg, knee and thigh) and my active lifestyle is gone. Why did I have the surgery? So I could compete in Tri-athletons. Now I can't ride a bicycle or swim or anything but lay around. The ortho's nurse told me that people that have my minor meniscus surgery don't have any swelling and lifestyles are improved but you couldn't prove it in my situation. Remember, not all surgeries like this are successful. Weigh the negatives as well as the positives. See if anyone else in your family had the surgery and what happened afterwards. See if the doctor will treat you without the surgery. In younger people meniscus do heal on their own. If you are in constant pain perhaps it will improve but if you aren't - reconsider. I'm now skeptical of any doctor that won't treat the patient first before going under the knife. I'm looking for a pain management clinic presently and I'm on steriods and anti-inflammatory meds. I never took meds before this.

Apr 30, 2012
two tears on left knee, maniscus lateral and medial. NEW
by: Judy

MRI proved that the lateral and medial meniscus were torn. I go see the doctor for a referral this week. Alot of horror stories I read on this
sight. WOW kinda afraid to have the surgery. I need to get well and get back to work, or be homeless. I will write again when I find out if/when surgery is. California Judy

Apr 30, 2012
two tears on left knee, maniscus lateral and medial. NEW
by: Judy

MRI proved that the lateral and medial meniscus were torn. I go see the doctor for a referral this week. Alot of horror stories I read on this
sight. WOW kinda afraid to have the surgery. I need to get well and get back to work, or be homeless. I will write again when I find out if/when surgery is. California Judy

Apr 30, 2012
two tears on left knee, maniscus lateral and medial. NEW
by: Judy

MRI proved that the lateral and medial meniscus were torn. I go see the doctor for a referral this week. Alot of horror stories I read on this
sight. WOW kinda afraid to have the surgery. I need to get well and get back to work, or be homeless. I will write again when I find out if/when surgery is. California Judy

May 16, 2012
Menicus repair NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my menicus surgery on April 4,2012. I had physical Therapy which help. As of today I am back to work. I return to work on May 4, 2012. I was suppose to return on May 14. I have not ha any swelling, not on any medications and feeling fine. I tried to go down the basement steps and will not try that again for a while. Alot of success with the surgery I think is your doctor and how long they have perform this surgery. My doctor has been doing this for over 34 years. Good luck on your recovery.

May 16, 2012
Menicus repair NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my menicus surgery on April 4,2012. I had physical Therapy which help. As of today I am back to work. I return to work on May 4, 2012. I was suppose to return on May 14. I have not ha any swelling, not on any medications and feeling fine. I tried to go down the basement steps and will not try that again for a while. Alot of success with the surgery I think is your doctor and how long they have perform this surgery. My doctor has been doing this for over 34 years. Good luck on your recovery.

May 16, 2012
Menicus repair NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my menicus surgery on April 4,2012. I had physical Therapy which help. As of today I am back to work. I return to work on May 4, 2012. I was suppose to return on May 14. I have not ha any swelling, not on any medications and feeling fine. I tried to go down the basement steps and will not try that again for a while. Alot of success with the surgery I think is your doctor and how long they have perform this surgery. My doctor has been doing this for over 34 years. Good luck on your recovery.

May 16, 2012
I am Ambulatory but left leg is still swollen after 5 months. NEW
by: Lenoire

I had my surgery for a Partial Meniscus tear of the left knee on 1/20/2012. I started walking without crutches the next day. However I have at least 9 weeks of physical therapy and I am working out on my own at home. I do Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds and I use the Twist exercise chair. I can't do any running, trotting or jogging as of right now. But I am ambulatory and that is good to say the least. I just wonder how long will my left thigh,knee, and lower leg will be swollen. I will be working out doing the exercises mentioned above. I hope to have my flexibility back very soon. Everyone else out there if you are thinking about surgery do it at least you will have the ability to cut down or stop your pain meds. But first find out if your doctor is knowledgable, and experienced in the surgery. Then go for it.

May 16, 2012
Surgery not always a good option NEW
by: Anonymous

I was a very active person. Tri-athletic. My doctor came highly recommended and 35+ years experience. I was very positive going into the surgery thinking it would take away my pain during running. Since the surgery, I can't run, bike, swim or walk without pain. Prior to surgery, my pain only came from running. Now there isn't a moment of the day that I'm not in pain laying down or taking a step on my surgery leg (knee). I've had massive swelling since the surgery 6 months ago and no medication has been able to make it different. I don't recognize my leg or knee. It looks entirely different and twice the size of my other leg/knee. My active lifestyle is gone and I'm in bed elevating it with ice most of the day. Knee surgery should be a thoughtful decision because not all knee surgeries turn out successful.

May 16, 2012
Surgery not always a good option NEW
by: Anonymous

I was a very active person. Tri-athletic. My doctor came highly recommended and 35+ years experience. I was very positive going into the surgery thinking it would take away my pain during running. Since the surgery, I can't run, bike, swim or walk without pain. Prior to surgery, my pain only came from running. Now there isn't a moment of the day that I'm not in pain laying down or taking a step on my surgery leg (knee). I've had massive swelling since the surgery 6 months ago and no medication has been able to make it different. I don't recognize my leg or knee. It looks entirely different and twice the size of my other leg/knee. My active lifestyle is gone and I'm in bed elevating it with ice most of the day. Knee surgery should be a thoughtful decision because not all knee surgeries turn out successful.

May 16, 2012
Surgery not always a good option NEW
by: Anonymous

I was a very active person. Tri-athletic. My doctor came highly recommended and 35+ years experience. I was very positive going into the surgery thinking it would take away my pain during running. Since the surgery, I can't run, bike, swim or walk without pain. Prior to surgery, my pain only came from running. Now there isn't a moment of the day that I'm not in pain laying down or taking a step on my surgery leg (knee). I've had massive swelling since the surgery 6 months ago and no medication has been able to make it different. I don't recognize my leg or knee. It looks entirely different and twice the size of my other leg/knee. My active lifestyle is gone and I'm in bed elevating it with ice most of the day. Knee surgery should be a thoughtful decision because not all knee surgeries turn out successful.

May 16, 2012
Surgery not always a good option NEW
by: Anonymous

I was a very active person. Tri-athletic. My doctor came highly recommended and 35+ years experience. I was very positive going into the surgery thinking it would take away my pain during running. Since the surgery, I can't run, bike, swim or walk without pain. Prior to surgery, my pain only came from running. Now there isn't a moment of the day that I'm not in pain laying down or taking a step on my surgery leg (knee). I've had massive swelling since the surgery 6 months ago and no medication has been able to make it different. I don't recognize my leg or knee. It looks entirely different and twice the size of my other leg/knee. My active lifestyle is gone and I'm in bed elevating it with ice most of the day. Knee surgery should be a thoughtful decision because not all knee surgeries turn out successful.

May 19, 2012
ouch!!! NEW
by: Gail

I had my op four weeks ago - for a tear - this was shaved off and also some arthitic matter was removed. On my feet immediately with the aid of one crutch - but I'm still in quite a bit of pain and not sleeping. I'm doing all the exercises but I still cannot straighten my leg - I don't want to be in pain forever - is this going to happen to me?? I'm taking anti inflammation tabs three times a day and pain killers inbetween if my pain gets too much - but I'm trying not to take them as during the first three weeks I was so pilled up that I had stomach cramps and sickness!! So please be careful with pain killers!
I do push myself into pain doing the exercises given to me by my physio - am I doing wrong by pushing myself into pain? I did 20 minutes with an ice pack and now am sitting with a hot water bottle because its comforting, is this wrong?
I read somewhere that somebody solved her knee straightening problem by walking across the room on her heels. Tried that - i'm not good at it!!
So, does anybody know a knee straightening exercise that isnt going to hurt me - or hurt me just a little bit!! I would be very grateful.

May 19, 2012
ouch!!! NEW
by: Gail

I had my op four weeks ago - for a tear - this was shaved off and also some arthitic matter was removed. On my feet immediately with the aid of one crutch - but I'm still in quite a bit of pain and not sleeping. I'm doing all the exercises but I still cannot straighten my leg - I don't want to be in pain forever - is this going to happen to me?? I'm taking anti inflammation tabs three times a day and pain killers inbetween if my pain gets too much - but I'm trying not to take them as during the first three weeks I was so pilled up that I had stomach cramps and sickness!! So please be careful with pain killers!
I do push myself into pain doing the exercises given to me by my physio - am I doing wrong by pushing myself into pain? I did 20 minutes with an ice pack and now am sitting with a hot water bottle because its comforting, is this wrong?
I read somewhere that somebody solved her knee straightening problem by walking across the room on her heels. Tried that - i'm not good at it!!
So, does anybody know a knee straightening exercise that isnt going to hurt me - or hurt me just a little bit!! I would be very grateful.

Jun 04, 2012
dont do it NEW
by: Anonymous

i had knee surgery on feb 13 my knee keeps giving out i cant stand straight on it i have swelling every day went back to work after 12 wks only to be put out again after 4 days im in pain and swelling is bad dont do it if you dont have to also had my tibula was scrapped this is no game or joke

Jun 04, 2012
Agree - it's no joke NEW
by: Anonymous

I was walking okay but when I ran, I had problems.
So I went to have this surgery over 6 months ago hoping for improvement. Instead of being in pain from running which I can no longer do, I'm in constant pain from walking or even laying down. I once was a very active person - bicycling, swimming and running. This is no joke and I agree with the previous poster, DO NOT DO IT - it's no joke. I wasn't in constant pain before but I'm surely in constant pain now since the surgery and I can barely move anywhere without clinging to the walls and to a cane. I'm a young person, too and I feel the rest of my life has been compromised. Don't do it unless you are already crippled because you surely will be afterwards. It's no joke.

Jun 05, 2012
slow recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 47 yrs old. I had meniscus repair surgery on 4/25/12 for a bucket handle tear that flipped and wedged under my knee cap causing it to lock and stay that way. Had an MRI and was in surgery 2 days after I met with my orthopedic doctor - not optional. I was totally non-weight bearing for 4 weeks (on crutches) and started PT 5 days after surgery. It has been very painful and recovery has been very slow. I have 3 more PT sessions and still have swelling, limited range of motion, and pain. I've been riding my exercise bike daily and doing the exercises that the therapist recommends. My goal is to be able to walk a few miles a day - that's it. I had no idea recovery was going to be this slow. And, people who have had partial or total removal of their meniscus do not understand the long recovery as they are back on their feet a couple of days post-surgery. The doctor assures me that repairing the meniscus was a better option than removing it in order to avoid arthritis setting in later. I guess time will tell.

Jun 19, 2012
meniscus clean-up NEW
by: Kathy

I had both knees done at the same time. The meniscus was shaved in both knees and the OS cleaned up a little cartilage under my knee caps. The surgery was 7 weeks ago and I was up and weight bearing the very next day after surgery. I was in PT four days after surgery. I went three days a week. The swelling and the pain is still ridiculous. The meniscus pain is minimal now, but I traded the meniscus pain for this new pain. I feel like my knee caps hit bones when I walk. I explained this to the doctor and he believes that I am hurting it in PT. He suggested I stop. I argued and said I thought it was helping, but now I am just confused. Dr. RELUCTANTLY gave me orders for 4 more weeks of therapy. I am 47 and could walk miles and ride a bike and swim. I had to have the surgery because I tripped over my dog and torn the meniscus in both knees at the same time. I didn't have a choice, I couldn't walk, but I can't call what I do now walking either. My luck! Now I don't know what to do. I really thought I was going crazy because after surgery for about two weeks I felt fine. Now seven weeks later, I am a wreck!!! Did I hurt my legs in therapy? It feels like my meniscus is torn again, not to mention I have one incision site that is swollen and doesn't seem to be healing. That didn't bother the doctor either. I am sick of this. Unfortunately, we all seem to be in the same swollen, painful boat.

Jun 19, 2012
meniscus clean-up NEW
by: Kathy

I had both knees done at the same time. The meniscus was shaved in both knees and the OS cleaned up a little cartilage under my knee caps. The surgery was 7 weeks ago and I was up and weight bearing the very next day after surgery. I was in PT four days after surgery. I went three days a week. The swelling and the pain is still ridiculous. The meniscus pain is minimal now, but I traded the meniscus pain for this new pain. I feel like my knee caps hit bones when I walk. I explained this to the doctor and he believes that I am hurting it in PT. He suggested I stop. I argued and said I thought it was helping, but now I am just confused. Dr. RELUCTANTLY gave me orders for 4 more weeks of therapy. I am 47 and could walk miles and ride a bike and swim. I had to have the surgery because I tripped over my dog and torn the meniscus in both knees at the same time. I didn't have a choice, I couldn't walk, but I can't call what I do now walking either. My luck! Now I don't know what to do. I really thought I was going crazy because after surgery for about two weeks I felt fine. Now seven weeks later, I am a wreck!!! Did I hurt my legs in therapy? It feels like my meniscus is torn again, not to mention I have one incision site that is swollen and doesn't seem to be healing. That didn't bother the doctor either. I am sick of this. Unfortunately, we all seem to be in the same swollen, painful boat.

Jun 22, 2012
Bucket handle repair NEW
by: Supaninja

I had a bucket handle tear that wedged under joint and locked my knee at 60 degrees - I was on crutches fr 2 weeks and limped fr 2 weeks - I had meniscus repair June 14th - initially the pain after surgery was expected - 3 days later I stopped taking painkillers and was walking about with crutches and knee brace relatively pain free - by june 20th my leg swole up huge my pain was tremendous causing sleeplessness and discomfort and walking with crutches too painful! - not sure why this has happened - register physio therapist he said this was normal. Feel road to recovery is going to be very long and very painful

Jun 22, 2012
Bucket handle repair NEW
by: Supaninja

I had a bucket handle tear that wedged under joint and locked my knee at 60 degrees - I was on crutches fr 2 weeks and limped fr 2 weeks - I had meniscus repair June 14th - initially the pain after surgery was expected - 3 days later I stopped taking painkillers and was walking about with crutches and knee brace relatively pain free - by june 20th my leg swole up huge my pain was tremendous causing sleeplessness and discomfort and walking with crutches too painful! - not sure why this has happened - register physio therapist he said this was normal. Feel road to recovery is going to be very long and very painful

Jul 04, 2012
Meniscus repair (swelling after surgery) NEW
by: Chris

I had my knee surgery June 22nd. The following Friday I rode 10 miles on my bike and I've been walking on it 3 days after surgery.
My knee is still swollen. I ice & elevate it as much as possible and keep my knee brace on when ever I walk. Stairs are still a no go at this time.

Jul 04, 2012
Meniscus repair NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my meniscus repair a little over three months and I'm still dealing with some pain. I can put full pressure but can't lift up 90 degree without pain. Having trouble putting on my boxer, sock and pants on. The incision on the left side of my knee which is the main opening has pain in the area. Just laying down and stretching it is painful, lingering up to side of my thigh. I was told to massage the incision to break up the tissue that is healing to the incision, which was causing my skin to get stuck and pull my skin. After massaging it, the pain got worse and now I'm afraid something is wrong. Anyways it's been over for three months and it not healing like everyone thought it would. Still very painful to the side of the knee. I hope I heal fast and correctly.

Jul 12, 2012
3rd Knee scoope NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my 3rd knee scoope for torn meniscus on my left knee on June 18. After my 2nd knee scoope I had my knee drained 8 times for swelling. I had full ROM from PT and doing home exercises. Alot of pain just doing everyday activities. After getting a 2nd and 3rd op. from Dr. I had my 3rd scoope. I have no pain, but a lot of swelling. The Dr. has me out of work for 10 weeks. I rehab and do alot of RICE. My 3rd scoope in a year, swelling is expected. Even after my first scoope I had swelling but after 3 months I continued coaching, running, and being a sports official. I did not take it easy. Now Iam paying the price. Now there is no more running and sports officiating. Just my 2 cents to others take it easy for a while!

Sep 06, 2012
Hope NEW
by: Anonymous

Ok this may get a little lengthy. 4years ago I BLEW up my knee. Complete ACL reconstruction, cartilage damage, cracked femur, meniscus repair. This was a long recover. In Nov of 2011 I had an infection set in where the screw was rejected in my knee. A hole larger around than my drs thumb and longer than his finger was in my tibia(shin bone). Had a large cyst that had to be removed. Was able to go through existing scars which was nice. 6-8weeks non weight bearing. Extremely frustrated bc it was right through the holidays. I was doing better then all of a sudden pain started happening again..I didn't think anything major bc nothing exploded. I ignored for awhile, then found myself sitting back in front of my dr . Scheduled a MRI and had a tear in the acl, meniscus, and pot holes in knee from the damaged cartilage! This put me to tears. I had surgery again on the 22 of august. I went back last Thursday to see a look of disappointment in my drs face. I'm a personal trainer and sports Nutritionalist. I'm off my leg non weight bearing for 5 weeks! No resistance at all! Let me say I SUCK at this! Im a very small framed person and I feel like my leg is loosing every bit of muscle that it had to begin with! However, my dr did tell me it's a good thing that I'm smaller framed bc my joints cannot handle that type of impact. No more ply metrics, no more running!!! My heart hurts.. I know I will recover however. Just like anything emotional or physical we have to walk through the pain (rehab) in order to receive the healing.. My thing is I push myself and rush the process!!! I am very thankful for an awesome surgeon that understands my lifestyle. I would much rather be in pain for a short season knowing it will get better than living in the discomfort of something that can just get worse! I'm thankful for the hope. Knowing if I work like I should I will be back!!!

Sep 06, 2012
9 months after surgery / regretting I had surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

This time last year,, I had done a century (100 miler) on my bicycle. I was an avid cyclist. I had surgery for men. tear left knee last December and have been bedridden since. Yes, I did PT and everything else plus followed doctor's advice. This has been a miserable failure and a life changing surgery. I can't do anything without pain and 1000 times worse pain than prior to the surgery. I regret I ever went into the doctor and he mightiest well had cut off my entire leg from the thigh down. My entire left leg looks like an elephant leg swollen from my thigh down with numbness and pain. This is the worse mistake I ever made with my body, agreeing to have this surgery. Does the doctor honestly care how my active lifestyle is gone. He** no.

Sep 06, 2012
I'm in the same shoe NEW
by: Anonymous

I feel you on that one. I think I made a big mistake going for surgery. I had a torn cartilage. The Orthopedic doctor gave me no choice but surgery and supposedly recommended the best surgeon. The incision on the side wall of my knee, about an inch long is aching really bad. Can't bend my knee all the way back without awkward pain. Feels like Im straining something. I think it's a nerve that might have been cut or injured. I feel like I won't ever have my knee back. It was suppose to be a simple surgery repairing my Cartilage and now I feel cripple..

Sep 07, 2012
Same Shoe NEW
by: Anonymous

I feel your disappointment and pain because I have my own and my life is so different now.
I believe the doctor only cared about the money side of it and not especially about helping me but I agreed to have it done, so I blame myself for trusting someone I should not have trusted. Some pain prior to surgery from exercising could have been fixed with a day off with ice. Instead, I was almost focused into surgery by the belief it would improve my situation 100%. It didn't and now arthritis has started in my knee (I didn't have it before). I feel your pain and disappointment. I have a follow-up tomorrow and more money out of my pocket for what???

Sep 10, 2012
Meninscal Tear NEW
by: Anonymous

Well I'm back again. I go in for Operation 3 on 24th Sept. Now have a cyst behind the knee, flaring of the cartledge again and my knee cap is running off centre when bending my leg which is causing a very nasty pain. Apparently they nip the tendon on the side of the knee which causes the knee cap to go back towards centre again. I am so over this bloody knee! Still cant run, cant squat on the knee, cant sit for prolonged periods with it half extended. Stairs are not fun either. Three years nearly of absolute pain and frustration. I see I am not alone here. Cheers from Down Under

Sep 30, 2012
Brusing on the Calf after Meniscus repair surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had Meniscus surgery two weeks ago. All that was done was a debreament and minor removal of scar tissue.
I am now experiencing some pretty good brusing on my calf. I am not sure what is causing this, as I have had three previous repairs in the past and have never had brusing.
Can anyone tell me what could be causing this?
My email is: alaska.soldier1@yahoo.com

Sep 30, 2012
Operation 3 NEW
by: Ian of Adelaide

Well had op number 3 Monday 24th Septemner and so far feels so good. They did a lateral release, removed cyst and debrided the Meniscus after locating yet another tear in it. I am walking ok and have little if no swelling just stiffness. Happy so far...touch wood!

Oct 20, 2012
Meniscus repair nine days ago NEW
by: Anonymous

Had surgery nine days ago to repair medial tear and remove cartilage which was lodged in the joint. I started reading these posts as I have had pins and needles and numbness in foot and fingers all day and wanted to see if i should be concerned. Although posts are reassuring I am now very confused. I was told just to use crutches just as an aid if needed so have been pretty much weight bearing since day one. Have tried to rest as much as I can but single mother to three year old so still rushing around a bit. Last couple of days pain has been worse than ever, shooting pains in side of knee and now i am worried i have damaged something. Along with the pins and needles and numbness and obviously swelling. There has been no mention of physio to me but seeing the surgeon again in 3 days. Not sure what i should be doing now and weekend so can't call hospital

Oct 20, 2012
Don't Worry NEW
by: Rickw574

Don't worry, talk to the doctor about it, it all seems normal. It's pretty hard to re injure your knee since they removed the bad cartilage. It usually takes years of wear and tear before it gets to that point. When they perform surgery they are cutting into muscle and that takes 4-8 weeks to heal. Just keep it up and put ice on it whenever you can. I'm sure the doctor will prescribe PT after this next checkup. They need to evaluate the surgery (i.e. make sure you don't have an infection) before they prescribe PT.

Jan 15, 2013
Meniscus repair NEW
by: Tarheel

I have surgery on December 17th and was told on the second day to remove bandage, shower and walk around the house. Luckily, I had my Mom's walker or I would have been up the creek. Two days after surgery they wanted me at PT (with my walker) and they started with exercises. While it was painful, they didn't "push" it. It has been almost 4 weeks (walker free after 1 week) and I am walking better every day. Still trying to get it to bend more but that will come. I think they had the right idea, the sooner you put weight on it the better off you will be. The knee and ankle still swell up but standing with 190 pounds on it, you have to expect some swelling. I bet if I was 130 it wouldn't be swelling! :)

Jan 15, 2013
repair soon to be removed NEW
by: steph

Back in august I stretched and felt a pop and immediate pain in my left knee. After a few days I couldn't bear the pain and went to the docs. After an xray, ultrasound, and 3 mri's they found a slight tear in the medial meniscus (along with a grade 2 calf strain) I had a repair done on november 2nd. I was on crutches with my leg immobilized for 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks I was in a brace for 8 weeks. The brace had to be locked straight while walking and I was not allowed to bend it more than 90 at any point. I was in pt once a week to strengthen the muscles. After my 8 week follow up I was allowed to unlock the brace while walking. Everything was going well. Almost had full range of motion back. Able to use the stairs, back to work, ect... well at 11 weeks post op I am now getting some serious pain and grinding in the knee. Back to the ortho doc I went...mri #4 will be next week with surgery #2 to shortly follow...

Jan 16, 2013
meniscus repair pain after 6 weeks NEW
by: mey

Had surgery on Dec. 4, 2012. Used crutches 2 days, cane 2 weeks. Was told to do as much as possible. Everything seemed wonderful -walking etc.. until the 5th week came. Horrific pain and swelling. Went to Dr. drained my knee and did a cortisone shot. Said this happens infrequently but happens. Does anyone else know if this is true? I asked if I could do a 5Kwalk in March and he said no. I asked if I could do a 5K walk in May and he said maybe. MAYBE!!! what the heck- I am going crazy.

Feb 11, 2013
Swelling still after7 month NEW
by: Pam

I had meniscus surgery Aug 3, 2012 on both knees. My left knee never recovered it stayed swelled up and was impossible to work. They did another MRI and said they found a tear they missed. So on January 11, 2013 they did the left leg again, and found NO tear. My left leg is still swelled up and the more i us it the worse it gets. Both time I had surgery after just first week doc had me up walking around the house with no crunches or walker. After my first surgery I did PT put there was no change in my left leg.This time i am doing my own PT. I walk about half a mile every other day.I realize it is only 4 weeks since my last surgery but I though the swelling might final go a way or reduce. Yes I have gone back to the Doc several times and he said he has no idea why it is swelled up and I have heard that from him for 7month total. I go back to work March 5 and my job is very fiscal and I am so worried. I am 59 years old and cant afford to lose my job.

Feb 11, 2013
They don't tell you the negatives NEW
by: Anonymous

I had this tear surgery on my left knee December 28, 2011. I was extremely active prior to the surgery as an athlete with a little pain that I was told could be fixed. Now I'm bedridden 75% of the day with constant swelling. I lost my job and I can't wear long pants due to the swelling which I ice constantly during the day. It was never this swollen prior to surgery. I had PT six months post surgery in pain on my kidney stone pain killers because the knee surgeon never provided me with anything worth a crap. December 2012, I started PT again and the director of the center let it slip, the surgeon took all the cartilage out of my knee which the my surgeon denied and said he could put liquid cartilage into my knee. I told him, I didn't trust him and I'm seeking other help. It's been a year of hell and I regret having it done. The worst has been trying to make it to the bathroom in time. Good luck to those that also padded the pockets of "I can make it better" docs. You have been had.

Feb 11, 2013
They don't tell you the negatives NEW
by: Anonymous

I had this tear surgery on my left knee December 28, 2011. I was extremely active prior to the surgery as an athlete with a little pain that I was told could be fixed. Now I'm bedridden 75% of the day with constant swelling. I lost my job and I can't wear long pants due to the swelling which I ice constantly during the day. It was never this swollen prior to surgery. I had PT six months post surgery in pain on my kidney stone pain killers because the knee surgeon never provided me with anything worth a crap. December 2012, I started PT again and the director of the center let it slip, the surgeon took all the cartilage out of my knee which the my surgeon denied and said he could put liquid cartilage into my knee. I told him, I didn't trust him and I'm seeking other help. It's been a year of hell and I regret having it done. The worst has been trying to make it to the bathroom in time. Good luck to those that also padded the pockets of "I can make it better" docs. You have been had.

Feb 11, 2013
RE-PAM NEW
by: Rickw

I can tell you that the biggest factor with me was my weight. After I lost 40+ lbs the swelling from my Quad injury went completely away after 4 years, my massage therapist could not believe it. I was not in any pain which is a much different scenario than what you describe. Each extra pound you carry is 4 lbs of pressure so if you are carrying any extra weight try losing it. I've had two scopes on the same knee and being lighter was a tremendous help. The doctors these days don't generally tell us this as they don't want to hurt the patience feelings. I have no idea if you have a weight issue but if you do I just want you or anyone reading these blogs to be aware of the ramifications. Regardless, I'd seek another Orthopedic surgeon and have your records sent over. Feel better soon!

Feb 11, 2013
Weight not a factor NEW
by: Anonymous

I've always been either under weight or normal weight. My general doctor said it's definitely not a factor and I get weighed every appointment.

Feb 18, 2013
meniscus rehab after surgery NEW
by: viki

Hello.I did a surgery 5 days ago.It is the 5th day and my leg began to hurts.I was on crutches ,was walking and sitting without elevation,but when I was going to bed I was elevating my leg.My question is:Is it ok to sit down without elevating?

Feb 18, 2013
RE:meniscus rehab after surgery NEW
by: Rickw

Yes, sitting down is fine as long as the weight is off the leg. Ice it for blocks of 20 minutes several times a day. Follow the PT instructions.

Feb 18, 2013
Surgery rehab NEW
by: Viki

Thanks Rickw for responding.Doctor said after 10 days he will send me to PT.As I said it is the 5th day after surgery.During these days I was trying to walk without crutches.Is it normal or I hurt myself?I am 155 pounds.And ortho just bandaged my leg.no immobilizer on.he said after 5 days I can do anything I want,is it so?Is smoking bad for healing,even if it is just one? Please answer all of my questions.Thanks ahead.

Feb 18, 2013
thanks Risky NEW
by: Pam

I took your advice Ricky and joined the gym I feel so much better and I am losing weight. The leg is still little swollen but at least I can bid a lot more. I go on the bike and I have a trainer. I am able to stand more. before I was afraid to go back to work on March fifth and now I'm excited. Thank You Ricky

Feb 25, 2013
Hopefully all ok NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my left knee repaired for medial meniscus tear the end of Jan. 2013 on a Thursday. I walked out of the surgery center. Never any crutches or brace. Took Advil or Aleve and iced on a regular basis. Took bandages off 2 days later and was back at work the following Monday which meant going up and down a flight of stairs several times a day. Knee worked much better after the surgery than before. Swelling was almost completly gone - until today. Today it is very swollen, and somewhat sore. I was on my feet a lot over the weekend so perhaps I overdid it. I will elevate, ice and go back to the Advil for a few days and see what happens. I'm hoping this is a temporary setback. I wonder why the knee cap gets so sore? Do they move it during the surgery?

Mar 29, 2013
Intermittent swelling after meniscal repair NEW
by: Eric

I had meniscal repair done 8/6/12 and was on crutches for 6 weeks thereafter. Once passing the Mcmurray test, the PA gave me the okay to walk without crutches. The atrophy was such that I could not walk without them but after a few days I could limp around. Then came about 4-6 weeks of PT...which was grueling but did increase ROM greatly and my limp disappeared. I could walk and climb/descend stairs pretty much normally. Now I am starting to run again but I still experience stiffness (especially when the knee is almost completely flexed). What is confounding to me is that after a few times running, the knee swells and gets a bit puffy on the LATERAL side (opposite the tear site which was medial). The swelling goes down after a day or two, then I run again. It should be noted that I do not experience pain when running, only the slightly restrictive stiffness and temporary puffiness. Is this normal 7 months after surgery and can I expect the stiffness and swelling to eventually subside entirely at some point?

May 05, 2013
potential 2nd tear NEW
by: Anonymous

hi, i just want to start off by saying if you're only 3-9 months post op and still experiencing swelling and pain, thats not uncommon so please dont worry. prior to the surgery you may have had the same amount of swelling and pain, if not more. the key is to strengthen the muscles around the joint to prevent any more potential tears(which i did not do). Prior to my surgery i ran 3-5 miles 5-7 days a week. post op i was on crutches for 16 weeks, not allowed to bare weight for 8 weeks, because my tear was so large. post op after full recovery i could run again however i think i pushed myself too much so now 3 years after my surgery i'm having reoccurring symptoms of a meniscus tear, with some new ones which i did not have before. such as while i am walking or turning in anyway my knee will catch and feel like there is something in the way of bending it. i work at Target, make very little money have bills to pay and unfortunately cannot afford to get surgery again... if i do not get it checked out i'm worried i'll end up damaging it more and will eventually need a knee replacement. i am only 20 years old by the way. i have bursitis of the knee which is irritated significantly by the inflammation from my knee pain and swelling. also during my mri pre op, my ortho said i had slight curving in my knee cap, pointing to a small amount of arthritis. basically my question is should i just talk to a doctor and try to manage payment some how, or let it go. Any insight or advice at all would be much MUCH! appreciated. Thank you!

May 14, 2013
Post scope swelling NEW
by: Embee

I had a partial lateral meniscus resection 5 days ago. I was told to put weight on it whenever possible and to get up and walk around once an hour when awake. Not to mention the other usual stuff ie keep it elevated etc. That first day I felt fine (after a 3 hour nap) and did as I was instructed and then some. I didn't feel ANY pain and didn't notice any swelling. The next day, again I felt no pain and walked around without any problems. We then went to a party for a friend who had obtained her masters degree. I found a relatively quiet corner and again elevated my leg etc. I felt so good I had not taken ANY pain meds that day but toward the end of the evening, I started to feel it. I took an oxy and we came home. I took another oxy before bed but spent a good deal of the night awake. The next day I was in quite a bit of pain to the point I needed to use a crutch to get around and then noticed the swelling above the knee. Below the knee is normal. I started on an ice/anti inflam regimen. And now 2 days later I can get around easier without oxys but the swelling still persists. How long should I expect this sort of swelling?

May 15, 2013
Surgery HUGE mistake NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm 1 yr 5 months post surgery crippled. Prior to surgery, I was very active with only one day of swelling and hurting. Now it's constant. Doctor could care less. He got paid and ignores my calls entirely. All he wants to do is dope me up now from removing all the cartilage in my knee which his physical therapist let slip. Surgery was HUGE MISTAKE for small meniscus tear.

May 15, 2013
Surgery HUGE mistake NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm 1 yr 5 months post surgery crippled. Prior to surgery, I was very active with only one day of swelling and hurting. Now it's constant. Doctor could care less. He got paid and ignores my calls entirely. All he wants to do is dope me up now from removing all the cartilage in my knee which his physical therapist let slip. Surgery was HUGE MISTAKE for small meniscus tear.

May 15, 2013
Surgery HUGE mistake NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm 1 yr 5 months post surgery crippled. Prior to surgery, I was very active with only one day of swelling and hurting. Now it's constant. Doctor could care less. He got paid and ignores my calls entirely. All he wants to do is dope me up now from removing all the cartilage in my knee which his physical therapist let slip. Surgery was HUGE MISTAKE for small meniscus tear.

May 15, 2013
Surgery HUGE mistake NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm 1 yr 5 months post surgery crippled. Prior to surgery, I was very active with only one day of swelling and hurting. Now it's constant. Doctor could care less. He got paid and ignores my calls entirely. All he wants to do is dope me up now from removing all the cartilage in my knee which his physical therapist let slip. Surgery was HUGE MISTAKE for small meniscus tear.

May 15, 2013
Meniscus Tear NEW
by: Ian - Adelaide

Hi all. Well I'm three years since the first of 3 operations and it has its moments but all in all is going ok. Still cant kneel on the knee fully and still get pain when I drive with it bent. I have given up on physio as it was doing nothing. Haven't taken any drugs for a fair while which is good also. Its an awful injury that just wont go away but you need to hang in there and keep it moving. Don't over do exercises as this will put you back in you efforts to go forward. Walking is good and stretching exercises helped, just don't do too many or too harder ones.

Jun 05, 2013
Been 4 months. NEW
by: Anonymous

My 2 cents:i had a meniscectomy 4 months ago,didnt take anything at all and was back at work(physical)2 days after.It went along fine and the swelling/pain went away after about 10 days,then suddenly the swelling is back,i can straighten my knee but flex only a bit more than 90%.It feels tight and ive got twinges of sharp pain on the side.I took a course of glucosamine hoping it would help,no diff! Very frustrating,im wearing a simple knee brace when in movement,it helps :-(

Nov 30, 2013
Repair Hope NEW
by: Papaya

My tear was medial posterior, the location of most of the downward forces. The tear showed very slight in the MRI. I chose the very best surgeon I could find to do the repair. When he went in, he said the repair was extensive. Currently, I am +10 days, on crutches for 8 weeks, PT for 5 months.

On day +5, my crutch slipped and my heel went full force into the ground.

On day +8, I tripped on a toy and my NWB leg went heel to toe.

I've had pain and swelling since, hoping and praying the sutures held.

Back to the doc in 10 days.

This message board is depressing as hell. Why are people who have good outcomes not posting?

Dec 02, 2013
Meniscus Tear NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi again from Down Under.
I had operation number 4 in September and I can honestly say Halleluiah!
I am finally coming out the other side.
Have been doing some physio and they have me doing Pilates exercises. People they are amazing. I have come ahead leaps and bounds since doing these so please give them a go. No meds and basically no pain so am a bit more positive now.
Just goes to show if you persist and do the rehab properly you will see results. Dont give up, im walking proof it will get better.

Dec 03, 2013
Getting better...FINALLY NEW
by: Anonymous

I wrote in on 14 May so it has now been almost 7 months. I have two part time jobs which are mostly seasonal with a little overlap in May and October. They both (usually) require quite a bit of standing. Well my summer job folks found a siting job for me but come October (things were a little better after finally getting some PT) I was still a little sore. Bending was problematic as was going down stairs (up wasn't so bad) Well the winter job folks weren't so sympathetic so went ahead and tried to do the standing thing. By the end of the day, I was a bit sore and would take some aceto and only when I thought I really needed it an oxy. I also had some naproxen (a super aleve) but I could only take them twice a day. Over time, about a month, I wasn't so sore at the end of the day, in fact I'm now almost 100%, perhaps about 90. SO all that sitting from mid May through early October was actually detrimental. Who knew? A side note...My Dad had meniscus surgery back around '70. They didn't have arthroscopy then, they sliced his knee open and removed the side that was damaged. But I don't remember him having the same kind of problems I did. On the other hand he was in the hospital for 4 days. I was in the hospital 4 hours. I mean we pulled up at 6a and left at 10a.

Dec 03, 2013
It takes time to heal. NEW
by: Anonymous

Its been two years in January, and I still have swelling in my left leg and foot. I still have a slight bend in my leg and can't straighten it out. There is swelling at the original site of injury. I am able to ride a bike and work out but knees is to unstable to run. It is a long road to recovery and I don't know if you will ever be 100% again. I'm not and I'm not sure if is due to my age I'm 55 years old now.

Dec 03, 2013
Regrets NEW
by: Anonymous

I had surgery over 2 years ago and regret it. If I could undo it, I would. My surgery knee hurts constantly when it only hurt one day a week before. I became more dependent on the other knee and now it hurts some. Surgery? Hell no. I have mobility in the other knee although it is sore at times but it was a hard lesson to learn to stay away from the cutting table. And BTW, PT let it slip that the doc took ALL the cartilage out of my surgery knee (doc denies it).

Jan 15, 2014
O MY KNEE NEW
by: Moving Slow

It's been 1 year since my arthroscopic surgery
for a meniscus tear in my knee.My knee is still
swollen,burns and limited range of motion
and no change with physical therapy.

Feb 23, 2014
Meniscus removel - Slow recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had part of my right knee meniscus surgically removed via laproscopy almost a month ago now. I tore my meniscus and it lodged in the knee and it was stuck in a bent position for over three days prior to surgery. I cannot straighten my leg when standing and have numbness in my foot(due to nerve damage). I am going to PT twice a week and tried to drive this week and it only made the knee hurt more so I won't drive for several weeks now. I really wonder when this will improve. This sure is a real test of patience. Has anyone had a similar repair/situation and what has your outcome been so far?

Feb 23, 2014
Meniscus removel - Slow recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had part of my right knee meniscus surgically removed via laproscopy almost a month ago now. I tore my meniscus and it lodged in the knee and it was stuck in a bent position for over three days prior to surgery. I cannot straighten my leg when standing and have numbness in my foot(due to nerve damage). I am going to PT twice a week and tried to drive this week and it only made the knee hurt more so I won't drive for several weeks now. I really wonder when this will improve. This sure is a real test of patience. Has anyone had a similar repair/situation and what has your outcome been so far?

Feb 23, 2014
Meniscus removel - Slow recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had part of my right knee meniscus surgically removed via laproscopy almost a month ago now. I tore my meniscus and it lodged in the knee and it was stuck in a bent position for over three days prior to surgery. I cannot straighten my leg when standing and have numbness in my foot(due to nerve damage). I am going to PT twice a week and tried to drive this week and it only made the knee hurt more so I won't drive for several weeks now. I really wonder when this will improve. This sure is a real test of patience. Has anyone had a similar repair/situation and what has your outcome been so far?

Feb 23, 2014
Meniscus tear NEW
by: Viki

I also had a partly meniscus tear a year ago. Also went to PT for about 40 days.During a whole year I was feeling not good. My leg was swelled and my leg hurts and I couldn't bend it fully.Also I was wearing flat shoes. After a year now I am feeling that I am going well.In a word it is taking a year or a year and a half to feel good. But I think you can still feel uncomfortable.Like you are feeling your leg.

Apr 06, 2014
Post Meniscus Surg. - Quad pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I had arthroscopic meniscus surgery on March 28th. Used my crutches about 1 1/2 days. Saw Dr 3 days follow-up and he just advised continue post-op exercises and R.I.C.E. for 2 weeks. At 9 days out I have swelling which is to be expected but my main problem is deep muscle pains in my quads at night in bed, and during the day if I sit, and need to move my leg. I also have pain in lower leg that radiates down the leg at times. Also, when walking the pain is almost like the pain you feel after an intense leg workout. Really painful! The post op exercises are really kind of minimal but they still illicit quite a bit of pain. The Dr stated after follow-up visit at 2 wks he would decide on P.T.
Any suggestions on this type of pain or what might be going on?

Aug 21, 2014
Meniscus repair 2007 NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a left medial meniscus repair in 2007...I was on crutches for a couple of days, followed by Physical Therapy for 6 weeks...I did very well, I am a nurse and did an unbelievable amount of walking as you might imagine.
For the past few months I have had some pain in the same area, and now swelling, I applied ice and do as often as I can.
I am finding when I walk around a store for what I consider "not that much" I am finding that I am paying for it...pain and swelling and general discomfort.I am wondering if I need more surgery or if I need a replacement?
Problem: I am allergic to most pain meds, with exception of Dilaudid (under hospital care)
I do not want a replacement! should I continue icing and RICE? I am unable to kneel.

Aug 21, 2014
Meniscus repair 2007 NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a left medial meniscus repair in 2007...I was on crutches for a couple of days, followed by Physical Therapy for 6 weeks...I did very well, I am a nurse and did an unbelievable amount of walking as you might imagine.
For the past few months I have had some pain in the same area, and now swelling, I applied ice and do as often as I can.
I am finding when I walk around a store for what I consider "not that much" I am finding that I am paying for it...pain and swelling and general discomfort.I am wondering if I need more surgery or if I need a replacement?
Problem: I am allergic to most pain meds, with exception of Dilaudid (under hospital care)
I do not want a replacement! should I continue icing and RICE? I am unable to kneel.

Aug 25, 2014
Post surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a meniscus repair 6 weeks ago. I regret going ahead with surgery as feel worse off than before. My knee is very swollen and find after sitting that the knee locks and then very painful to straighten it. I am doing the exercises, and considering acupuncture for the pain and swelling. I have a very soft pillow and find this helpful between my legs at night as tops my good leg banging into the bad one. It is called a snuggle pillow, and so glad I have it. I also findvsittingbwith my legs elevated is the only way to be comfortable. Going to a physio to check if where my recovery is up to is normal. All a big bummer and interfering with activities. Just have to have faith that it will get better, or it would be easy to be despairing.
I don't have an Exercycle but my surgeon said my cross trainer was okay. Overall I don't think I went into this informed enough, but just have to get on and remain positive.

Aug 25, 2014
Post surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a meniscus repair 6 weeks ago. I regret going ahead with surgery as feel worse off than before. My knee is very swollen and find after sitting that the knee locks and then very painful to straighten it. I am doing the exercises, and considering acupuncture for the pain and swelling. I have a very soft pillow and find this helpful between my legs at night as tops my good leg banging into the bad one. It is called a snuggle pillow, and so glad I have it. I also findvsittingbwith my legs elevated is the only way to be comfortable. Going to a physio to check if where my recovery is up to is normal. All a big bummer and interfering with activities. Just have to have faith that it will get better, or it would be easy to be despairing.
I don't have an Exercycle but my surgeon said my cross trainer was okay. Overall I don't think I went into this informed enough, but just have to get on and remain positive.

Aug 25, 2014
Post surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a meniscus repair 6 weeks ago. I regret going ahead with surgery as feel worse off than before. My knee is very swollen and find after sitting that the knee locks and then very painful to straighten it. I am doing the exercises, and considering acupuncture for the pain and swelling. I have a very soft pillow and find this helpful between my legs at night as tops my good leg banging into the bad one. It is called a snuggle pillow, and so glad I have it. I also findvsittingbwith my legs elevated is the only way to be comfortable. Going to a physio to check if where my recovery is up to is normal. All a big bummer and interfering with activities. Just have to have faith that it will get better, or it would be easy to be despairing.
I don't have an Exercycle but my surgeon said my cross trainer was okay. Overall I don't think I went into this informed enough, but just have to get on and remain positive.

Aug 25, 2014
Post surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a meniscus repair 6 weeks ago. I regret going ahead with surgery as feel worse off than before. My knee is very swollen and find after sitting that the knee locks and then very painful to straighten it. I am doing the exercises, and considering acupuncture for the pain and swelling. I have a very soft pillow and find this helpful between my legs at night as tops my good leg banging into the bad one. It is called a snuggle pillow, and so glad I have it. I also findvsittingbwith my legs elevated is the only way to be comfortable. Going to a physio to check if where my recovery is up to is normal. All a big bummer and interfering with activities. Just have to have faith that it will get better, or it would be easy to be despairing.
I don't have an Exercycle but my surgeon said my cross trainer was okay. Overall I don't think I went into this informed enough, but just have to get on and remain positive.

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