>I had a meniscus repair done early 2008 and did not ever come right.
Oh, that's a worry.
>I wound up bone on bone and had a TKR in March this year.
What is a TKR?
>I am now in the least pain I have been in for the 4 years since the accident that caused the tear.
> Every 'clean up' reduces the cartilage and adds to bone on bone.
That's a worry. Why do they do it then? I don't see how removing the torn bit helps if this is true. Why would the surgeon want to do it at all?
> I would get it done if it's the first time, mine was the second time that 'killed' the knee as had a tidy up 10 years earlier.
Why did you have to have a second surgery? Did you injure your knee again?
> It is not worth continuing in pain and living a restricted lifestyle I feel. I am now returning gradually to the active lifestyle I had before my knee problems.
I am not in that much pain. I do know that "it is there" especially when I walk any distance. I still walk my dog for about 1/2 hour per day and spend a lot of time on my feet taking care of my miniature horses and doing housework LOL! I have had the injury for over a year now and have managed to live with it. It does swell up and I have a Baker's Cyst behind the knee as well. After reading your post I am now worried about having the surgery because I am afraid that it will only make my knee worse. I am also wondering why my orthopedic surgeon wants to do it at all?
>It's great to have another from 'Down Under' on this forum! Summer is a bit slower on this side of the Tasman littlehorse, keep waiting for your heat wave to hit us!
Today was nearly 40 degrees and we have gotten no rain at all. My little property is all dirt and resembals dusty concrete more then actual soil. I am now hand feeding my poor ponies twice per day because there is no grass here at all. I am lucky in that I have air conditioning in my home but when I step outside it feels exactly like stepping into an oven! I really wouldn't wish this heat on anyone! Maybe I should move to New Zealand LOL!