Re: knee, calf pain 8 months after arthroscopic surgery
Jenny is right about ortho's not wanting to admit they made the problem worse, or that anything else could be going on in your knee that they missed during the initial surgery. I also had a meniscus tear repaired in January 09, but after the surgery, things just seemed to get worse and worse (extreme pain, swelling, and fluid in my knee). My ortho refused to believe he did not fix it, and told me I was just "getting old" (I was 39 years old). I found a new ortho, and when he went in, I have severe synovitis and a plica that was causing my kneecap to not track correctly. He removed the plica, and synovitis, and I have continued to have problems ever since. After that surgery, I had fluid removed from my knee 11 times (from November 09-April 10). My new ortho did not give up on me, and went back in April 9, 2010, and did a lateral release, and cleaned up extensive scar tissue. After the April surgery, I bled into my knee joint so bad, he had to take me back into surgery 8 days later to clean out a hematoma. It took 2 1/2 hours of surgery to get out the hematoma, and things with my knee are still not good at all. Since getting out the clot, I have had blood and fluid drained from my knee three more times, and am still off work on disability. Things can certainly go wrong with surgery, and you need an ortho who does not dismiss your complaints, but rather tried to figure out what is going on. My ortho is great, very compassionate, spends a ton of time with each patient, and does not have a God complex. You need to find a new ortho (I recommend finding one out of the immediate area, affiliated with a differernt hospital). If you go to an ortho who is affiliated with the same hospital, he/she will know your old ortho, and they are funny about treading on another surgeon's patient. I went to an ortho about 45 minutes away, who is affiliated with a different hospital, and he had not problem taking on my case. I am so glad I switched, and although I have suffered complications, I feel I am in good hands, with a caring surgeon and very good PA and staff.
Do not give up, you need to have your problems addressed. Knee problems like you are having are quality of life issues, and you deserve to enjoy the activities you like to do without pain holding you back.
All my best to you.