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Old 09-02-2008, 10:50 AM   #1
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Torn Meniscus.. Help!!!

Hello Everyone,
I finally got into the specialist & they took x-rays.. The doctor poked & probed my knee.. He was surprised that I cant straighten my leg all the way.. and with where it hurts & him touching my knee... he said he thinks it is a torn miniscus. He is sending me to get an MRI which I have to wait 2-3 weeks to get done and then another week or 2 for my follow up appt ( I will be gone one week between there). My question.. is for anyone who has had a torn miniscus.. Did they have to do surgery? What happened in your case? I know all cases are different just trying to get some info.. If you did have surgery.. how long till you were able to go back to work? How was the surgery? I am going on a trip to disneyland in 3 weeks & the doc told me to rent a wheelchair.. I really dont want to but I am afraid I may have no choice.. I am just so confused & in alot of pain.. I would appreciate any help or comments.. Thanks.

 
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Re: Torn Meniscus.. Help!!!

In many cases they can do the surgery arthroscopically. In May of 05 I had a torn meniscus and 'microfracture' procedure done on my knee arthroscopically. I had it Friday afternoon and was on my work email by Friday evening. I worked at home the next week. With many arthroscopic procedures - if you have a sedentary or light job - you can be back at work in 1-2 weeks (although you may need some physical therapy).

Luckily with my job I can work the PT in whenever necessary. I have a very flexible schedule.

At Disney they have wheelchairs for rent on site. It would be a very good idea (though I understand your reluctance) - you'll enjoy your time much more if your knee is more comfortable.
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Old 09-03-2008, 01:19 PM   #3
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Re: Torn Meniscus.. Help!!!

I had my knee scoped for a torn miniscus three years ago. As far as I'm concerned, the surgery was NOTHING compared to the injury. Surgery did not set me back any longer as I was already hobbling around badly enough on crutches. My doc does a follow up the very next day to inspect his work and after my appointment that next day, I went in to the office and worked the rest of the day. Although I have a desk job, I only missed a day and a half. Don't worry about having your knee scoped. If you need surgery, go in with the attitude of getting it over with ASAP and let yourself get on with healing and life!

 
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Old 09-03-2008, 02:45 PM   #4
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Did you use crutches before your surgery? I am seriously considering asking the doctor for crutches.. I can barly get around & ever step sends shooting pain up & down my leg.. It is soo painful & I still have to wait a month to get my results back since they said it takes 2-3 weeks for the MRI. I have a desk job too & was curious how long since I cant take too much time off financially.

 
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I waited about two and a half months between the injury and surgery. During that time the doc drained it several times and basically said it will either get better or you'll decide to let me work on it. He never did an MRI on it. At that level of injury he said he prefers not to do MRIs as it would raise as many questions as it would answer. It would appear that he didn't consider an MRI a requirement, I'd either improve or I wouldn't. I did improve overall, I walked around for a month with out crutches, but after a while it became apparent that there was a specific pain that wasn't getting better while the rest of the knee was. I stretched my MCL pretty good too and that was the part that was getting better. So at two and a half months I told him to schedule me in the next week and I defaulted back to crutches as I was getting tired of soldiering on through the pain and trying to ignore it.

Why do you need to ask the doc for crutches? Just go get some, my parents had a pair hanging around their house forever that I used.

I seem to have a high tolerance for pain. The doc loaded me up on pain meds for after surgery, but I had NO additional pain at all due to the surgery itself. He was suprised to some degree when he asked about my pain level at the next day follow up. Your surgery pain results may vary, but I wouldn't be concerned at all if I had to do it again.

You must be out of the USA with your comments about the delay on the MRI and getting results. This will suprise you, but I've had shoulder surgery when I dislocated it 6 months ago. YES, I've had another 'sports' injury in less than three years that required more surgery! Same doc worked on me again but this time his level of concern for a shoulder injury was much, much greater. He wanted an MRI right away. It was only a matter of calling up the Imaging Center and getting an appoinment a few days later. Results are pretty much available immediately electronically for the doctor, he just taps into the Imaging Centers network for the results. NO weeks delay at all. The MRI wasn't clear so I did a CT scan within a few days of the MRI, no delays at all. A side note here, usually you tear the Rotator Cuff (muscles and ligaments) from dislocations. I broke the cup (bone socket) instead which was the need for the CT scan. MRIs work better on soft tissue, CTs better on bones I guess. He took a bone graft from my hip to replace the broken tiny pieces. Surgery on Wednesday, back to work the following Monday. This one hurt a little more though, mainly the hip and only when I tried to sit up.

 
Old 09-04-2008, 01:00 PM   #6
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Yes, I am from the US. It takes forever to get things done here.. The frustrating thing is that the doctor didnt tell me too much.. He just said he thought it was a meniscus tear & wanted a MRI to tell better if it is.. My problem is waiting over a month.. ( my next doc appt is Oct 9th).. is aggonizing for me. I didnt know that I could go get crutches on my own.. I thought you had to have a prescription for them.. I guess its frustrating putting up with the pain.. They put me on pain meds that either dont work or work for a short time.. You only take them twice a day.. so I take them with Breakfast & dinner & around 1pm I am in pain again.. Its nice to learn about what to expect. The reason I was thinking about crutches is yesterday I could barly walk & that was with holding onto walls. Today is a little better but still hurts.. Where are you from? Funny how other countries give you results faster.. They told me it takes awhile to get MRI results.. That is so crazy.. 2 injuries.. How did you injure them? I injured mine by excercising.. Used to excercise 4-5 times a week for 40 mins to an hour.. and now.. I cant workout at all.. its sad & depressing..

 
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I think I remember seeing crutches being sold at grocery stores these days??? At least the rubber replacement parts for them for sure, but I think crutches too. Go take a cruise by the pharmacy next time you're in there. Or perhaps see if you have a medical supply store in town.

I think if you want your insurance to pay for crutches then perhaps you need your doctor to prescribe them. But geeze, they can't be that expensive and if you hurt that bad...

Waiting over a month for an appointment? That's nuts, I can call my orthopedic surgeon and set an appointment for whenever. I don't need a referal to see him. He does surgery on Wednesdays so he's out then and doesn't see patients on Fridays. I bet I could call up right now on a Thursday and see him on Monday. I hurt my shoulder on a Sunday, went to the Urgent Care facility on Monday for an X-ray, saw my orthopedic surgeon on Tuesday. The Urgent Care place sees people on a 'right now' basis with out going to the ER. I might suggest you find another orthopedic surgeon to look at you,

Im in Fort Collins Colorado. My comment about being outside of the US is because Canada and the UK primarily with their 'socialized' medicine have the biggest compaints about waitng to see doctors when they need to. If you're for socialized medicine, then all you have to do is to dig into this very forum and find all the comments from folks out of Canada and the UK, it will make you reconsider.

Like I said, MRI results shouldn't involve delays. The information is in a electronic format and my OS just taps into the network. By the next day I had results available.

At 46 years old, I race dirt bikes off road. I probably should've learned by now, huh? I haven't been on my bike since the injury, not sure what the future looks like with me and dirt bikes. I love to ride but I'm tired of hurting myself! It's not like I do crazy things on bikes either. I hurt my knee just playing around in the back yard, less than 5mph. Bike slipped out in some wet grass and I planted my foot to catch it and my knee bent to the inside, bingo!

I work out 4 days a week including running about 12 miles total for those sessions. My shoulder is back about 95% right now and is feeling great, still hurts a tad doing certain things but it doesn't bother me. I think my knee will always be around 95% percent. It will be a little sore after a run, no big deal, but it may seem there's a little inflamation as I feel a little pressure behind my knee cap. I tore the miniscus and banged up the cartilage on the end of my femur. For the cartilage on the femur he scraped it smooth and poked holes in it to promote blood flow and help it heal. Two words "Sanders Clinic" Doctor Mark has some excellent reading material...

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Old 09-04-2008, 06:16 PM   #8
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Re: Torn Meniscus.. Help!!!

My knee surgeon can be difficult to get an appointment with - especially here in AZ in the Spring as he's a Spring Training physician for one of the pro baseball teams.

You can get crutches at walmart, walgreens, cvs, etc. Actually, ask around to friends and family. As someone else said - often people have them laying around for years. When I had my last major knee surgery in NJ I had to stop them from trying to give me another pair. One pair is at my parents house in MI (which came in handy with my dad's recent hip replacement) and one is here in AZ in our garage just waiting for me to need them again.
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Old 09-04-2008, 08:26 PM   #9
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Its good to hear that you are healing.. wow, hurting your knee at only 5mph.. that is crazy.. I could get an appt with my ortho next week if I wanted.. They scheduled it out that far because they wanted to make sure they would get the results of the MRI in time.. However, I just talked to my mom and one of her friends tore her meniscus.. she also had surgery on it.. My moms friend told me that if I dont hear from them by tomarrow at 10 am to call them because it shouldnt take that long.. Luckily, my mom works at a hospital.. so she knows exactly how long it takes to read them & she agreed that it can just be pulled up no problem.
Today was a good day.. sad to say.. my knee still really hurts.. but at least I could walk on it. I talked to my mom about the medicine & she told me that I could take it 3 times a day if I need to (she takes the same meds) but I may suggest it when I call the doc office tomarrow.. By the way.. I did check.. my local pharmacy has crutches for like $45. I am going to disneyland the end of this month & really dont want to be misrable. I am getting a wheel chair rental at the gate so that I dont have to walk but this whole thing is ridiculous.. When they refered me to this ortho.. I even called other ones to be seen sooner.. funny thing.. is this guy was the fastest & I had to wait like 2 weeks. Its nice to be able to chat with people who have gone through the same things. As far as the surgery.. after did you have a certain imobilizer brace or just the regular kind?

 
Old 09-04-2008, 08:28 PM   #10
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I asked around & none of my family or friends has any unfortunatly.. my mom told me if I want to use any of her canes or walkers then I am more than welcome lol.. she has had both knees replaced. I found crutches at walgreens although, I am going to check at another medical supply store to see how much they are. I just hate this whole waiting game.. I dont think the doctors understand how much pain the person is in.. All of the orthos in town are booked up.. all of the good ones anyways..

 
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Re: Torn Meniscus.. Help!!!

Where are you located? Maybe someone here knows someone there....

 
Old 09-05-2008, 08:42 AM   #12
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I am in Central California.. It just seems that 2-3 weeks for an MRI plus another 2 weeks to get the results is crazy.

 
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Well I got a call today.. to schedule the MRI. Tomarrow will be a week exactly since my dr appt.. I get my MRI done on wednesday (1 more day) and 7am. I go out of town 2 weeks from wednesday. I am hoping they have the results sooner so I can get the results before I go out of town.. I have been walking better but I have also doubled on medicine (docs orders).. I called them to tell them that the medicine wasnt working & they told me to take 2 pills twice a day instead of just one twice a day.. however, it has hurt alot more today.. I hope I get some good results from my MRI.

 
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If you have the MRI Wednesday it's likely your doctor will have the preliminary report by Friday.
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:16 AM   #15
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It says on their website that it generally takes 3 business days. I will call my doc after the MRI to schedule sooner.. Hopefully they will. Thanks for that info.. I will call on friday to see if they got the results yet.

 
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