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    Old 01-25-2021, 03:18 PM   #1
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    Torn ACL, torn meniscus, no pain末but trouble getting out of car

    Hi, and thanks for any advice. Re my knees, I have a torn ACL (left) and torn meniscus (right). These are not painful, but they are a tad loose in feeling, so I do not play basketball or run any more. Plus, I am 68, so there's that reason, too.

    My doctor has told me that I do not need knee replacement unless I am in pain getting out of bed, have to park at the front door at stores, etc. But, I do two photography walks a day, play golf (cart), etc.

    My question is this. Even though the pain and stability of the knees has not changed, I am having a hard time pushing off my left leg/knee when getting out of the car. I usually use my left hand as leverage and push myself up and out.

    Is this a sign of needing knee replacement? I know I have arthritis at various spots in my body, too. I just don't like this business of having trouble getting out of a car. Thank you.

     
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    Old 01-25-2021, 04:11 PM   #2
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    Re: Torn ACL, torn meniscus, no pain末but trouble getting out of car

    Why not just get the tears repaired?

     
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    Old 01-25-2021, 08:51 PM   #3
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    Re: Torn ACL, torn meniscus, no pain末but trouble getting out of car

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    Why not just get the tears repaired?
    Good question, but there are several reasons.

    * I am not in pain, but the lack of strength getting out of a car is a real problem.
    * I am still working in order to pay for my kids' college expenses.
    * My wife is still working and I have no one to help me through recovery.
    * I have an ileostomy (no colon), so I poop into a bag. This hidden issue takes two hands and two working legs in order to manage.

    So, it's a bit of a dilemma. Thanks.

     
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    Old 01-26-2021, 04:55 AM   #4
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    Re: Torn ACL, torn meniscus, no pain末but trouble getting out of car

    Some very good reasons but you seemed to be asking if you should have a knee replacement which would be just as much, if not more, of an issue time wise. I had a big toe fusion and was in an aircast and was only off work 2 weeks. Could drive at that time also. Maybe you need to look into exactly what each procedure would be like recovery wise. Gallbladder surgery was only off 2-1/2 days. Nick Saban had a hip replacement and was out of the office 2 days!

     
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    Re: Torn ACL, torn meniscus, no pain末but trouble getting out of car

    Thank you. I think my worry is that a knee replacement is usually no walk in the park. My golf buddy had complications and it took six months for him to get back where he was functional. Maybe I just wait until retirement. Many thanks for the feedback. I really appreciate it.

     
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