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littlehorse 11-18-2009 06:44 PM

Torn Meniscus Anyone?
 
G'day, I had a similar injury last year and only this year have gotten around to seeing a specialist and had an mri done. The mri showed that I have a torn meniscus. I also have a "Baker's Cyst" behind the same knee. The orthopedic surgeon I saw said that I need to have arthroscopic surgery to remove the torn bit of the meniscus. I have never had any surgery done and am wondering about all the consequences. My doctor told me that I would have to be off it and on crutches for six weeks. I own horses and live on a small rural farm in southern NSW Australia. I am the only one here to take care of my horses so being on crutches and not being able to use my leg will be a big hasell for me. I will have to try to at least feed and water them alone on crutches! Ugh! I hope I can pull that off without re-injuring my knee. I also have a dog that I usually take for walks every day and I love to swim. I am wondering about the recovery time, level of pain and also what level of physical activity I will be able to do after my surgery. I understand that a torn meniscus is a common injury that footballers suffer and that after their surgery they are able to continue their careers and keep playing. I hope the same is true for me. No! Not that I can play foot ball. I never was any good at that LOL!!! Just that I can still do the usual things I used to such as care for my horses, walk my dog and swim. I imagine that Swimming would be the best sort of exercise since it is non weight bearing and so less hard on the joints. Is that true? I have access to an Olympic sized swimming pool that I can use in the rural town I live in and am thinking I should take advantage of it this summer. Yep, it's VERY HOT AND SUMMER HERE IN OZ RIGHT NOW!!!! Today it's about 38c or over 100 degrees Fahrenheit!

I would love to hear from anybody who has had this same kind of injury and the surgery to correct it (take out the bit of torn meniscus cartridge) and how their recover went and if they were able to return to their usual actives afterwards.

Thanks! :)
Littlehorse
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TinamarieMizzer 11-23-2009 04:26 PM

Re: Torn Meniscus Anyone?
 
I just had this on Friday,11/20.. I am NOT recoverign well at all.. Tons of paina nd swelling...

urid 11-29-2009 06:36 AM

Re: Torn Meniscus Anyone?
 
Have the surgery now. If you don't you will just have to do it later, because, your knee will not get better. Recouperation is not that bad. I was up walking (without aids) in a couple days. You just need to take it easy for a few weeks, as with any other surgery. You will do fine. Keep us posted.

Dancing Lady 11-29-2009 08:27 AM

Re: Torn Meniscus Anyone?
 
hi, I had menicus surgery done 3 years ago on my left knee. It was orthoscopic day surgery, Crutches for a couple of days. Physical therapy and daily exercise got me back dancing in one month. Best of luck!

TinamarieMizzer 12-05-2009 04:21 PM

Re: Torn Meniscus Anyone?
 
o had the surgery on 11/20 and I am STILL feeling ALOT of pain... Now I am told I have to have a TOTAL Knee Replacement when I can't take the pain anymore.. If I knew how bad this surgery was, I would have NEVER had it...

littlehorse 12-06-2009 01:08 PM

Re: Torn Meniscus Anyone?
 
G'day,

Well, that's only two weeks. :confused: I've been told it takes at least 6 weeks to recover from it? My doctor said I would be on crutches for 6 weeks and that I could only use it for 1/2 hour at a time during that period. What are you taking for pain relief? Hopefully, the pain will lessen with time. Could you be kind enough to let me know how you are feeling in a few weeks time? I hope you are feeling much better by then! Thanks very much for replying to my post! :wave:


[QUOTE=TinamarieMizzer;4137597]o had the surgery on 11/20 and I am STILL feeling ALOT of pain... Now I am told I have to have a TOTAL Knee Replacement when I can't take the pain anymore.. If I knew how bad this surgery was, I would have NEVER had it...[/QUOTE]

angelswing 12-07-2009 03:57 PM

Re: Torn Meniscus Anyone?
 
[QUOTE=TinamarieMizzer;4137597]o had the surgery on 11/20 and I am STILL feeling ALOT of pain... Now I am told I have to have a TOTAL Knee Replacement when I can't take the pain anymore.. If I knew how bad this surgery was, I would have NEVER had it...[/QUOTE]
I had the surgery, left knee, went fine, but almost a year later, I'm still in PAIN. had the 3 shots, at least I don't limp anymore, but the burning and the pain brings tears to my eyes, and I have a high tolerance to pain, this hurts worse than labor pains.Dr. told me I would need a knee replacement. If that helps than I will have it....Hope you feel better, this is a common occurance, seems like so many have bone problems...

bbjc042 01-31-2010 10:58 PM

Re: Torn Meniscus Anyone?
 
I had a torn meniscus and had to have surgery to have it repaired. Surgery was not too bad, but afterwards I couldn't put any weight on it --- had to have crutches and still on crutches almost 16 days after sirgery. The knee becomes swollen and hurts when i am vertical -- is it worth it? I felt I had no choice because my knee was "locked in position" and very painful. Would I recommend it? What other choices are there? Not many. I hope you have some friends who can help get you through this....

momnga 02-03-2010 11:33 AM

Re: Torn Meniscus Anyone?
 
I am 49 years old, female. I had Arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 19, 2009 for Degenerative Medial Meniscus Tear on my left knee. After the surgery my Dr. said that he fixed the pain from the tear, but I was going to still have the pain from the Arthritis. Xrays showed it was bone on bone. After prescribing Naproxen for the inflamation, and Glucosamine for 2 months, that did not help at all, I quit my job because I could not stand on my feet 8 hrs a day. I was Front End Manager of a grocery store, that required standing and walking all day. Late October he gave me a cortizone shot, that worked great for 2 days. After that the pain seemed so much worse. Everyone told me I should go ahead file for disability, as they take so long to approve, in case my knee gets worse, I will at least have that to fall back on. When back to the dr. in late November, he suggested that I get the Synvisc-One shot. So we got my insurance approval for the shot and I got the Synvisc-One shot December 29th. Dr. said it takes about 1 month for it to start working. It seems there is never a minute of the day that I am pain free. It hurts to walk, going up and/or down steps. Doing regular chores around the house is becoming harder and harder. I went on January 26th for my checkup, Dr. did another xray, they still showed bone on bone and the showed the Synvisc shot hasn't worked at all. He said the only option now is Knee Replacement, the pain wasn't going to get better. I have tried not to ask for pain medicine, but I finally had to break down and ask for a prescription for pain medicine, he prescribed me 325 mg Percoset to take 1 every 6 -8 hrs as needed. I usually take one midday and one at night before I go to bed. They do help me to get things done around the house that needs to be done, and helps me sleep alittle better. He wants to do the Knee Replacement in March, I am still debating on having. Does this seem soon on his part to want to do Knee replacement? He said that was my last option to help with the pain since we have tried everything else. I also am having terrible pain on my left wrist which he says that it is arthritis also and he give me a shot in my wrist when he does the Replacement surgery. (I have questions about my wrist that I am going to post on that subject).

What are my options, or have I ran out of options?

Thanks

fantail 02-03-2010 08:29 PM

Re: Torn Meniscus Anyone?
 
Your story is so like mine - after the surgery for a meniscus tear I went from bad to worse as it was just bone on bone. I had a tkr last March and am living a full pain free life again. I still have some swelling and tiredness, but what a difference from my life 12 months ago! I am gardening again, am spending this summer (today the hottest day so far this summer - feel sorry for you all with your bad winter at the moment) on our boat and working full time, on my feet all day.

It took me a long time to come to terms with having a tkr, but am so glad I did.

Margaret

jrow1 01-11-2011 08:12 PM

Re: Torn Meniscus Anyone?
 
[QUOTE=littlehorse;4126862]G'day, I had a similar injury last year and only this year have gotten around to seeing a specialist and had an mri done. The mri showed that I have a torn meniscus. I also have a "Baker's Cyst" behind the same knee. The orthopedic surgeon I saw said that I need to have arthroscopic surgery to remove the torn bit of the meniscus. I have never had any surgery done and am wondering about all the consequences. My doctor told me that I would have to be off it and on crutches for six weeks. I own horses and live on a small rural farm in southern NSW Australia. I am the only one here to take care of my horses so being on crutches and not being able to use my leg will be a big hasell for me. I will have to try to at least feed and water them alone on crutches! Ugh! I hope I can pull that off without re-injuring my knee. I also have a dog that I usually take for walks every day and I love to swim. I am wondering about the recovery time, level of pain and also what level of physical activity I will be able to do after my surgery. I understand that a torn meniscus is a common injury that footballers suffer and that after their surgery they are able to continue their careers and keep playing. I hope the same is true for me. No! Not that I can play foot ball. I never was any good at that LOL!!! Just that I can still do the usual things I used to such as care for my horses, walk my dog and swim. I imagine that Swimming would be the best sort of exercise since it is non weight bearing and so less hard on the joints. Is that true? I have access to an Olympic sized swimming pool that I can use in the rural town I live in and am thinking I should take advantage of it this summer. Yep, it's VERY HOT AND SUMMER HERE IN OZ RIGHT NOW!!!! Today it's about 38c or over 100 degrees Fahrenheit!

I would love to hear from anybody who has had this same kind of injury and the surgery to correct it (take out the bit of torn meniscus cartridge) and how their recover went and if they were able to return to their usual actives afterwards.

Thanks! :)
Littlehorse
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I had a scope done for torn meniscus and major clean up 2 months ago and I'm still in a lot of pain and have a lot of swelling. I owned horses, too, and I don't think it would have been a problem to feed and water them after surgery. You can walk without crutches. I never used any. It was too much of a hassle. You should be ok, but don't expect a speedy recovery. If you have friend who can help you out for a few days you'd be better off, but you should be ok on your own if need be.


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