Knee arthroscopy meniscal tear – anybody had one
There was no way I was risking a knee fall for a good 8 weeks though
well put knarly stuff is last thing you want to do
had 2 – first time was advised rest, keep elevated – 2nd timer no crutches , cycling will be good for it – use as soon as feel ok – I got a box so could get on turbo in about a week – rode up mont ventoux 3months later running in 8 weeks
did spend some time doing knee strengthening exercises – raises, balancing
hope your recovery goes as wellPosted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
No pyhsio sounds bizarre, I would have thought you would have a few flexibility sessions. I would doublle check and if necessary pay for some sessions yourself, as a minimum I’d get the physic to show me the right excersizes.
FYI I broke my ACL 10 months ago and tore meniscus. Have been working on rehab to avoid major surgery. 6 months before cycling, cannot run/jog (was never a fan anyway) due to pain which I believe is meniscus related.Posted 4 years agosteverSubscriber
You need to ask your doctor not the internet! I’m stunned you haven’t been advised on aftercare and physio. Mine was 20 years ago now and took a bit of recovering. I’d always believed techniques have improved since and heard of people being very mobile, very quickly but we’re all different. Good luck.Posted 4 years agomrjmtMember
Agree with the above re recovery. weird you’ve got no physio, I had it post OP then went back for more as it still wasn’t quite right.
I also got a video of the op, weird to look inside your body!
Well worth it for 2 reasons…Posted 4 years ago
1. Knee is 90% as good as the other one, which I’m happy with
2. The amazing feeling of euphoria when coming round from the general anesthetic! 😆
You’re findng it increasingly painful post op, stop wasting your time and visit your GP.
But dear Eliza, I cannot move, so how shall I get there, dear Eliza, dear Elza….. 😀
If it’s as bad tomorrow I promise I’ll ring my GP
STW has solved so many of the worlds problems and I’m lying here armed with time and an Ipad. Goto be the first port of call for any medical question surely. Why bother trained professionals until your sure something is amiss.
It will probably go like this:
Me: my leg hurtsPosted 4 years ago
Me: yeah, that’s what STW said
GP: well they are wise, why are you bothering me, there’s a lady out there with Cat aids who I need to see and you sir are just a big girls blouse now get out while I treat real sick people
Me: sorry (hangs head in shame)jet26Member
I am not going to give advice but as an orthopod (most!) people want to see/know about post op patients with problems.
In short this could be something it could be nothing but it is always nicer to reassure a well patient then miss a problem.
Bottom line – go see someone!Posted 4 years ago
Op on Monday afternoon, walked (limped) out of award to car – no painkillers usedPosted 4 years ago
Tuesday okay, bit stiffer but not too bad – no painkillers used
Wednesday – oooooh this is sore can barely move it – couple of painkillers
Thursday – double ooch – couple of painkillers
Friday – better than Thursday but still sore – couple of painkillers
Sat – much more movement in leg, partial bending and now sporadic dull pain – couple of painkillers
Today – lots more mobile, been on my feet all day, tired and sore but no painkillers 8)ekulMember
I had the same op two weeks ago, was hobbling about without crutches after about 4 days and walking normally about a week later… Still not got full movement back but it is still swollen so that’s probably why, can bend to about 90degs. Seems to feel better if I keep it moving but not necessarily weight bearing if that makes sense.
Operation seems to have done some good though as I can now straighten my leg without it locking which I couldn’t before.
Hope everything sorts itself out, I’m hoping this is the end of 2 years of messing about for me!Posted 4 years ago
Tiger6791 – after the op how long were you before you were up and about? Did you need crutches?
Wasn’t given crutches and I survived so I suppose I didn’t need them.
Like I say up and about within 2 hours of the op as I had to walk to the car.
It got worse before it got better (soreness) but today is 1 week on and I’m pretty mobile now although there is still a dull ache.
Won’t touch a bike for a few weeks and then it will be gentle pootlePosted 4 years agobillyboySubscriber
I was told it would be load bearing straight away but it didn’t feel too happy so I didn’t push it. It was load bearing after about a week. I was riding a Bromton (‘cos it is a step thru frame) on the level after two weeks. It was six weeks before I was mountain biking but it was several months before I was back to normal, and even then I found hardtails were bashing me about too much for comfort. Thus I’ve gone back to full sussers. I’m still getting the odd twinge a year later but in the main…it’s good.Posted 4 years agoHansReySubscriber
my one piece of advice is to rest. I missed the last 8 weeks of the short cycling season here, but it was worth all the sitting around (and eating, eating, eating). 😀
I waited a long time for the MRI scan under instructions of do not do anything which causes pain. By the time the MRI scan came along, it had recovered enough not to need surgery. If i didn’t rest, then i will have caused some more damage and possibly need surgery.
Point is, if it hurts then stop doing it.
there are lots of tales on a thread i started, at http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/tear-of-meniscus-and-other-knee-injuries
edit: consider visiting a running/walking specialist who can assess the way in which you move. It was suspected that i had a muscle imbalance in one leg which influenced the damage development. Also have a look at taking a video of your pedal strokes/walking/running to see if you can spot any odd movement which may explain the painPosted 4 years agolittlemisspandaMember
I had the lateral meniscus repaired 5 years ago after busting it playing football.
Used crutches for 3 days, was hobbling about after that, had plenty of codeine about. Was back on the bike within a couple of months, but couldn’t go back to playing football. Took me about a year to be able to run again.Posted 4 years ago
Just had knee arthroscopy for torn medial meniscus, feels a little sore (at the moment) , no crutches, knee swollen. Have exercise sheet to follow. Have been given Ibuprofen and Codeine
Some debate as to when I can ride the bike, could be after two weeks, or after visit to see consultant in six weeks or according to Mrs W – MarchPosted 4 years agoRoter SternMember
After my mensicus op I was back on the bike after two weeks (in fact it was part of my part of my rehab). As soon as the knee swelling went down enough that I could bend the knee enough to make a complete pedal revolution I was on the turbo trainer with no pressure on the rear wheel at all and just gently spinning, gradually building up. I also had a six week physio plan including electricity and massage to help with the swelling and then some brutal excercises to get movement back. This was in 2004 and have had no trouble since. *goes off to find some wood to touch*Posted 4 years ago
Good nights sleep. Day 2 after operation, no pain just a little stiffness, exercises start tomorrow. Sick note for two weeks / no driving for two weeks – so reliant on Mrs W. After op registrar said that there had been some wear on the bone so not sure what the implications of this are, have got follow up appointment in January . I haven’t heard any squelching today
DezB – it isn’t that painfulPosted 4 years agocoffeekingMember
I’m due one of these after my knee started locking up and an MRI suggests I have “some floating tissue” in my medial meniscus area (rear). I’m unsure as to whether it is worth sorting or if the op will cause more trouble. The last thing I want is them cutting out swathes of tissue and leaving the joint less stable or more painful but unfortunately I’ve not even been able to see a Dr about this yet, after my GP told me it was nothing but Googled and decided to send me for MRI all I’ve seen is a physio who punted me on to surgery after one visit and a nurse for the pre-op. Feeling distinctly uncomfortable not speaking to the person doing the op yet and not speaking to anyone qualified to make comment on the MRI results. Physio was nice but just pointed at a lighter patch and said “this shouldn’t be here, you should have an op to remove it. I’m not sure exactly what they’ll do”. Currently tempted to ring up and demand an appointment with then surgeon or cancel.Posted 4 years agobwfc4eva868Member
Coffeeking – I had a similar issue but mine was a pice of bone from fracture and a tiny piece of meniscus floating about my knee. I went through my gp who sent me to Orthopaedics and I saw a the Consultants registrar who said my instability and locking was nothing to worry about, but he sent me for a mri. The results of the mri the consultant asked if it’s causing pain and instability he would tidy the knee joint up and booked me in.
Had the op on the 21st my post op notes from what I read ( they won’t normally let you read them) said he washed it out with saline and trimmed the rough meniscus edges to hopefully stop any future tearing as my meniscus is the wrong shaped and thinner than a normal meniscus it should be a C shape mine is O shaped called a Discoid meniscus.
The ops nothing to worry about. I went for surgery at 1610 and was discharged on crutches with co codamol at 2130. First few days I was a bit sore and couldn’t bend more than 90 degrees and used crutches and by day 5 I was walking and bending my knee near normal. Day 12 now, bruising nearly gone and apart from the odd twinge going upstairs my knee feels much better. No locking, crunching or instability. For me it was well worth it.
You will most likely see your consultant or his assistant (registrar or doctor) who will answer any questions about the procedure. And then your anethetist. You will most likely be put to sleep you will have morphine before being put to sleep, morphine post op and local anesthetic in your knee before the surgery finishes for pain relief. Then taken to recovery.
That’s how it was for me, hospital Royal Bolton and Mr Shepard the Consultant.
Good luck and don’t worry about it.Posted 4 years agodazmansell74Member
I had the operation done approx 2 years ago due to knee constantly locking or giving way when standing. Wish I’d never of bothered as the knee is now 10 times worse than it was before the operation.
I wasnt given any physio to do after the operation, wasnt even given any crutches. Had to beg for ibuprofen when I left the hospital.
After numerous visits to the consultant and an MRI scan, it has now been decided that the knee has severe arthritis, but due to my age I am too young for a repacement knee. Its now Tramadol and anti inflammatory tablets for me.Posted 4 years agopiedi di formaggioSubscriber
I’ve had my knee done twice. First was advised to rest, etc. Second and things had moved on and the advice was to start walking straight away and not to limp. I actually had more work done the second time than the first, but recovery was so much quicker. I even went to a Steel Panther gig a couple of days afterwards (mind you it did hurt that night!!!!). Fine nowPosted 4 years agocoffeekingMember
Well thanks for the comments guys, though one or two are a bit worrying! I’m booked in for an op on Saturday morning. Finally got to see the registrar who said it’s a “complex tear” and that it was very hard to tell what it was like until they are in there but I’m being done by the consultant who is top of the game, so should be positive. What still worries me is that SOME people still have issues and some people are worse afterwards and he said approx 1 in 10 regret ever having it done! At the moment it hurts a lot even on small hill walks but I don’t want it to be worse afterward and I dread the thought of choosing to do something that makes exercise even worse!
Tiger – how you getting on?Posted 4 years ago
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