Knee Popping after Meniscus Surgery: What does it mean?

Many people experience knee pain, popping or cracking, or swelling following their meniscus surgery. While these symptoms can be uncomfortable and irritating, usually they resolve with time as the knee continues to heal.  This article will briefly review the anatomy of the knee, meniscal injury, treatments, and common symptoms that you may experience following surgery.Lateral view of knee tendons, ligaments and bones.

Anatomy of the Knee


The 4 main bones involved in the knee joint include:

  • Femur
  • Patella
  • Tibia
  • Fibula


Ligaments are a type of tissue that connect bone to bone. They are strong, fibrous, structures that are absolutely necessary in stabilizing the knee joint.

There are many important ligaments in the knee joint:

  • Collateral ligaments
    • Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
    • Lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
  • Cruciate ligaments
    • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL
    • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
  • Other stabilizing ligaments
    • There are many other ligaments that help to stabilize the knee. A few examples of these include the capsular ligaments, popliteofibular ligament, and oblique popliteal ligament.

Anatomy of the Menisci

These c-shaped, strong, yet somewhat flexible structures of the knee are made of collagen and act as shock absorbers. They also help to stabilize the knee joint. They are located on the tibial plateau. There are two menisci: named “medial” and “lateral” based on where they are located.

  • Medial menisci: More stable and fixed (doesn’t move as much) and therefore is more likely to become injured.
  • Lateral menisci: More mobile (moves around some) and is therefore somewhat less likely to become injured.

Meniscal Tears

A meniscus tear occurs when the meniscus is damaged or torn. The medial meniscus is most commonly torn as it is less mobile (moves less) than the lateral meniscus.

Meniscal tears can occur with trauma or overuse. In the younger patient, it usually occurs after a forceful twisting injury on a planted foot that may occur to the knee while playing sports– particularly ones that require a lot of pivoting (basketball, tennis, soccer, football, etc). It can also occur with running or overloading of the joint i.e. with weight lifting.

As we age, the menisci become weaker, and can become injured with just minor trauma.  Meniscal tears also commonly occur with normal activities (squatting, sitting) as the cartilage of the knee starts to wear down (osteoarthritis).

Tears that occur in an arthritic knee are called degenerative meniscal tears. As the soft and smooth cartilage of the knee wears down, the rough underlying bone is exposed.  Exposed bone feels very similar to sand paper.  Thus, in the arthritic knee, the rough bony ends rub on the menisci and almost always lead to tearing of these structures.

There are many different patterns of meniscal tears. The pattern of meniscal tear is one important factor that the surgeon will use to decide whether or not the tear is repairable or not. The entire inner rim of the medial meniscus can be torn — this is called a bucket-handle tear (the torn area looks like a handle). The meniscus tear can look like a simple flap or can be complex (be torn in multiple directions). Meniscal tears aren’t always associated with symptoms, but when they are, these symptoms may include: pain, swelling, stiffness or locking of the joint, popping, or difficulty straightening the leg out.

There are various options for treating meniscal tears (see below). Should you and your surgeon decide to proceed with surgery, it is helpful to keep in mind that following arthroscopic surgery,pain, swelling, or popping of the knee can be common.

Treatment options for meniscus tears

  • Physical therapy
  • Pain management with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (e.g. ibuprofen, naproxyn) 
  • Ice and rest
  • Using a brace
  • Steroid injections
  • Arthroscopic Repair
  • Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy
  • Arthroscopic Total Meniscectomy

Meniscal Surgery 

Is surgery for me?— The need for surgery really depends on the degree or severity of the meniscal tear.  Some people have tears and are completely asymptomatic (have no symptoms). Obviously, in these situations, no treatment is necessary.  However, if the meniscal tear is symptomatic, depending on your age, activity level, goals of surgery, etc. surgery may be the next step for you. 

The type of surgery to be done will be based off of the age of the tear, the pattern of tear (described above), the location of the tear, and your age and activity level.

If a repair is not able to be performed, then the torn meniscus may need to be removed. 


The most common procedure type for meniscus surgery is called arthroscopy. Essentially this is a procedure where a scope is inserted through the skin with a light and a camera on the end. This allows the physician to view the joint without making a large skin incision. The doctor can then insert tools through skin and into the joint space to perform the surgery. 

How long does it take?

Depending on what else needs to be done during surgery (repair, removal, additional procedures) surgery can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. It is typically done as an outpatient procedure

What kind of scar will I have?

At most, there will be a few small incisions around the knee after the operation. Scarring is usually minimal and often fades over time as the incisions are quite small. 


How long is the recovery?

Recovery time will depend on the severity of the injury and type of surgery that is performed. If a meniscal repair is performed, the recovery time is typically longer. Depending on the surgery performed, your surgeon may or may not limit your weight bearing after surgery. 

Postoperative medications

Ask your doctor what medications they recommend for you to take during your recovery. They will likely prescribe a pain medication and an anti-inflammatory (to reduce swelling). They may also recommend the use of compression stockings or give you a medication to prevent blood clots.

Will I need to do physical or rehabilitation therapy?

Physical therapy is usually recommended after meniscus surgery. Consult with your surgeon or physical therapist before trying any exercises on your own. Some physicians will recommend non-weight bearing activities for a period of time (depending on the surgery performed) and others may want you to start trying weight-bearing activities sooner in your recovery. Always consult your surgeon first and follow their instructions.

Strength building exercises and other physical therapies can be a vital part of the recovery and can help to reduce popping sounds.


Although complications are rare and the surgery is considered low-risk, the following are possible complications of having meniscus surgery.

  • Damage to cutaneous (skin) nerves
  • Infection
  • Knee pain and/or stiffness
  • Blood clots 
  • Need for future surgery
  • Knee popping after surgery

Knee Popping After Surgery

Causes of knee popping after surgery may be due to inflammation of structures within the knee. Sometimes, if implants were used — although this is much less likely — popping can occur with different knee movements.

During arthroscopic surgery, fluid is inserted into the joint through the arthroscope. While the fluid is absorbed by the body with time, initially, it can contribute to stiffness and popping sounds. Popping sounds can also occur due to stiffness from scar tissue after surgery. It may take a while for the joint to move smoothly again as the joint heals.

Knee snapping or popping can understandably be irritating and uncomfortable. For those who experience knee popping, studies have shown that leg strengthening exercises and other physical therapies can help to reduce knee popping.

The following measures may help to reduce knee popping:

  1. Strengthening of leg muscles
  2. Increasing leg and hip flexibility
  3. Increasing ankle range of motion and flexibility

Most often, knee popping usually resolves with time and with exercise as the knee continues to heal.

Although uncommon, despite exercise and time, popping may become the new norm and there may not be much else that can be done.

Knee Swelling after Meniscus Surgery

Swelling is an indicator of inflammation, which is part of the normal healing process after surgeries such as a meniscus repair. It can sometimes persist for a few weeks following meniscal surgery.

Treatment of knee swelling is quite simple. Many people are familiar with the acronym RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Not only is RICE an excellent treatment for swelling in general, but it is important in preventing and treating knee swelling after meniscus surgery.

After surgery, the knee is typically wrapped with an elastic bandage– to help reduce and prevent excessive swelling. If you have knee swelling at home, continued use of a wrap to gently compress the area can be helpful.

Ice is often used to reduce swelling and pain after meniscal surgery.  When icing the affected area, it is important to remember to keep a cloth of some sort between the ice pack and the skin and not to ice for more than 20-30 minutes at a time.

Resting and elevating the knee above the level of the heart with a few pillows can help to prevent, reduce, and minimize swelling. Lay with your back flat on a bed or couch and elevate the foot/lower leg with a few pillows until the knee is above the level of your heart.

Most importantly, follow your doctor’s recommendations on weight bearing restrictions.

While in most cases, knee swelling following surgery is normal and improves with time, there are certain situations where swelling may be associated with a more serious problem. In the following situations, you should immediately contact your surgical team or head to the nearest emergency room:

  • A sudden increase in swelling or swelling of other extremities, arms, or face
  • There is a foul odor, increasing redness, unrelenting pain, or pus draining from the wound
  • If swelling is associated with a fever higher than 100.4℉ or 38℃
  • If associated with difficulty breathing, you should call 911

In the worst case scenarios, popping, swelling, and pain following surgery — particularly if new, may indicate another knee injury.  If you have continued symptoms that are concerning, you should schedule a visit with your surgeon to discuss these issues.

Note that the information in this article is purely informative and should never be used in place of the advice of your treating physicians.



  1. Julian Rivera says

    Hello I had meniscus tear on my left knee had surgery June 10th of 2019 , up to now my knee still hurts, and swell up, I cant even walk around the block, I cant even put my leg straight. I cant even bent my knee for long time, have to put straight but not for long time , I cant even sleep good, my surgeon or doctor cant tell me why this is happening, I cant do much things with my grandson, that hurts me a lot

  2. Ameerhamza says

    I am 21 years old I am a sportsman I have medial meniscus surgery and ACL reconstruction surgery its been 10 months everything was fine even I have started my sports at today once again but one day I got a little tryst how are you miss a slide twist in my knee while turning on to right side I got clipped/ clapped in my I knee and it started pooping and now I am having very much pain in my knee should I have surgery once again or to do anything else kindly reply me as soon as possible so I can do remedy for the pain

  3. Andre Bedjo says

    Hello to all my friends I have answer for all of you,
    I did both ACL reconstruct and both meniscus athroscopy (one stich-type and one debridement/cut). Last one meniscus debridement surgery doesn’t go very well, 2 months after surgery my knee keeps locking and popping again. I have to push it back straight with power to get my knee back to its position. Well now that thing is over. Do you what save me? Its an extra strong Balm.
    Yes, it’s a Balm. Because many of us have a not so good blood flow and after surgery we never can get our muscles back to normal 100% with that condition. The balm help. Put the extra strong balm at your knee at wrap it with a plastic wrap about 15 minutes. Do it regularly for a month and 3 to 4 times a day. The balm will help your muscles back to normal condition (the muscles is scarred after the surgery). You can feel when it back to normal. and I already back play sports again now. I am 33 currently. The first surgery on the other knee is when I am 20.

  4. Heather Putt says

    I had Miniscus Surgery Feb 13 2020 ,,I’m able to walk up and down stairs sideways and doing exercises ,the problems i’m dealing with right now are bending it as it seems to be a bit swollen and knee popping which can be very bothersome and painful ,I’m going to see the surgeon who performed the surgery on the 26th of Febuary ,just would like to know if you tell me the reason i’m having these issues and is there anything I can do to make this go away.

  5. Thank you for your comments. I’m 38. 16 yrs ago I had a Mensus tear it some was taken because it was bent up and actually locked my knee. I recovered fast enough I was 22 very athletic.. at 24 I had an acl reconstruct and mensus repair on my other knee. About 3 years ago it started to lock. I crack it and stretch it many times a day. A few times a year it licks and I can’t walk for several days. Because I’m against meds I never go in. I work through it. Recently I was thinking about getting it looked it but after reading all these messages and experiences it seems like sometimes it’s better to keep what you have. I’m not in pain everyday. I can walk long distances. I’m mobile. I hope everyone gets better

  6. Cherie Hately says

    All I have to say after reading these testimonies of operations that have not gone too well from these despondent & heart wrenching people is, shame on whoever it is, who hasn’t taken the time to reply to the desperate cries for help. Their questions being answered would perhaps alliveate their depression & despair. Voices not being heard contributes greatly to poor mental health! Someone, please answer their cries for help:(

  7. I had meniscus surgery twice. The first time I had the surgery it was because I was unable to walk after attending an exercise class. An exercise class that I had been familiar with the format for 14 years. The injury came on suddenly after I took a course of Levaquin antibiotics. Back in 2006, they did not have black box warnings on the antibiotic like they do now. The MRI revealed a slight tear but when they went inside the knee through arthroscopy, they saw I had a buckle tear. I was feeling better after a week from having surgery. I was able to walk after 5 days without crutches. I could walk up and down stairs after a couple of weeks, it was great. I had my old life again. The second time I had the same surgery, different surgeon, I wasn’t sure how I had injured myself. I tried physical therapy and it didn’t work. All I knew is that I was experiencing similar pain but not as intense as the last time I had surgery. I could walk but it was difficult. I expected to have the same results as the first time I had surgery but this time it was different. Right after surgery, my surgeon said that he just cleaned up the meniscus and everything looks good. He asked if I had questions and I didn’t. Two hours after surgery,I was in intense pain. Even with painkillers, I was in a lot of pain that lasted for two weeks. I should have called my surgeon right after the surgery but I thought it was normal to feel intense pain. I went to my follow up appointment ( 1 week later) in so much pain. I tried to communicate this with my surgeon/doctor but he said to give him a call in 4 weeks if I was still in pain, this was after he told me that I don’t need to make a follow up appointment, everything was fixed. At the check up, he also told me that he really had to get in there to clean up the meniscus which is the opposite of what he told me right after the surgery. During that same appointment, I asked the doctor/surgeon if he could look at the stitches and he said he could see them through the band aids and they were fine. His assistant had removed my stitches, prior to him entering the room, but since I was unable to get up on the exam table, she complained that she had to pull them out while I was sitting in a chair. She didn’t want to wait for me to get on the exam table. He also told me I should be off crutches now and as I tried to leave his office with just one crutch, he started laughing at me in front of his co-workers because I was trying to walk with the crutch on the wrong arm. To this date, I still have swelling, a bruise that won’t go away, I can’t walk down the stairs, my right knee pops frequently and I wouldn’t be surprised if he messed something up during surgery. I requested my medical records and some of what he wrote was for another patient, not what we discussed. When he did a review on my MRI or X-rays, it was always his assistant who put the films up wrong, he stepped out of the office, came back and would tell me, you have a torn meniscus (with the MRI) but didn’t show me where, just that I needed surgery. He had nearly 5 star reviews and even though he had poor bedside manners, I thought the years of experience he had with surgeries was good enough for me to get back on my feet again and live the active life that I once knew. So, if you’re still reading this and deciding whether you should get meniscus surgery or not. I would recommend taking all things into consideration when choosing a surgeon. Don’t let 4 to 5 star ratings fool you. I knew from the first, third and every appointment thereafter about his poor bedside manners yet I went through with the surgery and now looking for a new doctor and answers to why I can’t walk down the stairs, why I have inflammation on my leg, pain in my knee (worse than before the surgery), why my knee pops and why I still have difficulty walking even after 3 months of physical therapy. I’m sitting down writing this with knee pain wishing I would have chosen a different surgeon, one that listens to his patients instead of seeing $ after each surgery.

  8. 1 week after Partial Mencius scope . I am 63 and am very active. I do have Arthritis and was told the scope can make it better or worse. The swelling is down I can walk fine but when I bend my knee it gets hung seems grinding and popping / hurting …… One week out with us get better well my knee cap etc settle and not hurt when I bend. I just wanna know if it can settle it and will it get a bit better what is this mean I’m in trouble bad.

  9. I have done meniscus surgery on the 25th of October 2019 is ten weeks now but I am having tense pain on my left knee I’m doing exercises but the pain is unbearable I’m still limping walking with difficulty please help me what must do now

  10. Joshua says
    December 9, 2019 at 10:09 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I had a hiking accident with my fiancée last January. I was over exerting my legs in the snow and went into what we thought was a severe muscle spasm…

    I was born with a mild case of spastic cerebral palsy and have been experiencing what I thought were severe muscle spams since I was 13 years of age. My right leg would lock up and I was in severe pain! It hurt so much! I got hospitalized a few times as the years went on, when the “spasms” would occur. The longest I’ve had my knee lock up was nearly 40 hours. I would have to straighten my leg the best I could and then a loud popping noise would occur. It would hurt—but there was relief and I could walk again.

    Fast forward to today—I’m 31 and all this time I thought wrong. My Sweetheart had to carry me out on her back (it was a scary experience for the both of us). I got hospitalized for about 4 days. Doctors diagnosed me as having rhabdomyolysis. It still didn’t make sense to us. A therapist came by and worked with me to straighten out my leg. My fiancée and family members took turns assisting me with movement. I was able to walk after a couple days—but compare to the other “spasms”—this one incident was the worst! For months—I thought it was the toughest to get over.

    I was starting to heal but still had a hard time straightening my knee. In July I was hit from behind while driving to work. A couple days later, I experienced what seemed like another “spasm”. From that time forward—I couldn’t bend my leg. We both knew something was wrong.

    My fiancée had the doc refer me for an MRI (it took awhile to get seen). It turns out I had a very large bucket handle meniscus tear (lateral). Ouch!!! I had surgery in mid September. It was so badly flipped and twisted—the surgeon had to remove 80-90%. It’s interesting that I always assumed it was a spasm. Now I’m in remission. Being that my leg was in a bent position for so long—I got super stiff (also due to the spastic cerebral palsy). I’m in therapy and doing lots of stretching and different leg strengthening exercises. I’m experiencing popping sensations (sometimes painful—mostly annoying, and crackling). But each day I’m gaining more strength—thank God!!

    I’m so glad I came across this site! For all of you—don’t give up! Keep moving forward and stay positive no matter what. I know it’s a tough journey—but we aren’t alone! I truly believe 1 Corinthians 12:26. Keep pressing on—and do as much exercise and stretching as you can each day. keep focused and don’t let negativity get you down! God bless you all ❤️

  11. I’m now 27 and got a left knee arthroscopy 6 years ago. Still six years later, I get pain in my left knee at times when engaging in low and high impact work works— especially anything that involves knee isolation (eg lunges). My quality of life has improved over time, but it’s definitely not the same before my injury. To everyone commenting on this thread, it does get better. It took me over a month to walk on my own two feet again after surgery, even with gkjgn to PT regularly. For me, the surgery wasn’t voluntary. I couldn’t walk before it due to my injury. So this beats the alternative.

    I do experience pooping of the joints at times and stiffness, but overall it gets better year by year.

  12. Vachik gharibian says

    I had my both knees at inner meniscus done.
    My right leg got healed very fast maybe in 5-7 days with no problem at age of 35, i am perfectly fine but little knee pain once a while.
    My left knee did the same surgery, i had a huge inflammation on above knee with very little pain.
    The third week i had to have the drain the inflammation since rest and ice didn’t do shit.
    The next week i had my cousin who is a pain management doctor just graduated drain fluid again and had a cortisone shot. Men the next day i was walking completely normal the way i totally forgot i had inflammation before.
    I did two weeks of physical therapy and i was recovering very good until i started doing some basketball with very light running and now i get these inflammations again and this time is the biggest .
    Since doctors are so caring it has been 7-10 days i am waiting to get an answer from my ortho surgeon.
    My advise is a cortisone shot.
    It does miracle and physical therapy for muscle strengthening
    I am trying to figure out why inflammation is coming back.

  13. I had a ACL tear, and had my meniscus repaired 18 years ago. My knee still pops to this day. Sometimes it will pop out of place to where I can’t walk on it or extend it straight. I have to maneuver my knee to get it to pop so I can move around. My knee cracks at times, and my knee cap will hurt every now and then. Before the surgery, I wasn’t able to put all my weight on my left leg. It would pop out of place, and I would come crashing down. I’m still scared to put all my weight on my left leg in fear of that happening again, but I do do strengthening exercises. So we’ll see where that leads me.

  14. Good Morning All
    I had discomfort in both knees for many years and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Have been getting injections for 5 years every 6 months.
    By 3pm I enjoyed coming home and RICE.
    Thought about knee replacement and saw 3 different Drs.
    Only one suggested dealing with the meniscus tears in each knee first before considering replacement.
    I didn’t know I had tears
    Right knee operated on 7 weeks ago.
    Had PT with a small Asian lady who had me doing things I couldn’t even do when I was a teenager.
    I have told her “You are a very nice lady but I hate you”.
    Oh how we laughed through my tears.
    That knee seems ok now as the aching I used to have is gone.
    Just a little tender still where the operation entry cut is but less each day.

    Had operation on left knee last week and I start PT tomorrow.

    Moral of the story is: listen to the Dr. and do your exercises.
    Loose weight, don’t eat dairy, glutton or red meat. Eat clean and not go out for meals all the time.
    Don’t smoke and drink in moderation.
    Don’t get back into the gym and start lifting heavy weights too soon.
    Enjoy time off work and Netflix.
    Don’t vote for Trump.

    I’m 6ft5, 103 Kg and 59 years old and Australian.
    My wife if 34.

  15. I had meniscus surgery at the beginning of October 2019. Everything had been going well and it’d been recovering as expected. I just have a question for anyone that has had meniscus surgery. Did you find pain massively increased after the first time you walked for a long period of time? I went on a walk on the 27th of October (around 3 weeks after surgery) and my knee felt fine (until the end of the walk when it started to feel a bit sore so I sat and rested). However, that night, I felt a really bad pain on the inside of my knee, to the point where I struggled sleeping through it. The next day, it was still really sore and I struggled walking. It’s been a few days since now and it’s got a lot better, however I do still feel pain on the inside of my knee where I didn’t before. Is it normal to get this pain after walking? I’m not sure whether it’s just because It’s just sore and stiff after walking or whether something has gone wrong? Have you experienced this pain after walking? Any help/advice would be appreciated.

  16. I had meniscus surgery 6 months ago. First, they misread the MRI and said nothing was torn, then I went to a different Dr. who said this must be torn. I went back to get another MRI and they said, yes you have a partial meniscus tear. I got surgery 6 months ago and I’m still not able to run without pain. I’m 28 years old and now I’m going back to get another MRI to see if there is another tear. I’ve played sports my whole life and it’s really changing my way of life.

  17. Came here to see if anyone has experienced clicking in the knee after meniscal surgery, looks like I’ve got off quite lightly. I had bi lateral arthroscopy 8 weeks ago, left knee had meniscal repair and right knee because off complex bucket handle tear the cartilage was trimmed . Because the left knee was in a brace for 6 weeks the right had to bear all weight along with crutches which I think has delayed the healing process PT seems to think the pain I experience and lack of flex will improve over time as I gradually build the strength back up in my legs . As things are I’m not convinced seems to be taking forever.

  18. Victoria Terry says

    I had a partial tear meniscus surgery two years ago. The surgery was fine, the recovery was fine got back on the bike two weeks after surgery. I didn’t push it hard but doctor said it would be the best thing for my recovery. Before the surgery I was very active. Cyclist, volleyball player, runner, exercise enthusiast. Now two years later my quality of life sucks. The pain and swelling is so intense. Can’t bend the knee anymore. My muscle in my legs have Atrophied and I can now barely walk. I used to walk over 15K steps a day I am lucky now if i get 5000. I do not blame the doctor but wished I had not had the surgery. I am going back in for another MRI to see how bad the arthritis is but I have not more hope at his point.

  19. Hi I’m 56 M ,I had medial meniscus surgery 4 weeks ago. It feels better than it did before surgery. I did all the steps before PT, Shot, nothing helped. so I went for surgery.
    I’m doing PT 2x week it helps but I still have pain on medial side and swollen .
    This is my concern. Doctor tells me its doing good, I’ll have to wait and see.
    For me the pain is less now then before. but not 100% better I pray the pain goes away in time. We all have to do the best we can with what we have keep the faith 🙂

  20. David Karuna says

    I 59 and had a fall and my knee got locked and diagnosed as a medial meniscus bucket handle tear and did a surgery on 6/9/19.Had to be casted to straighten the locked knee.After 2 weeks cast was removed but leg was still locked and PT was recommended and it’s already going 2 months but till now it’s locked and still in crutches.Pain is unbearable specially at nights and was given Oxcycodone and Tramadol which is an Opiad (narcotic)Which makes you high and to sleep to not feel the pain.Pls take not that consistently using it could lead you to be addicted and wants higher dosages.Now I am told to go for another MRI to check whether thes a torn in the repaired stitches if not that it has to be anaesthetically straightened.The whole process from the fall till now has gone 5 months and economically it has drained me out and
    wondering how long will this take to make me walk back.Any remedies for a faster recovery?

  21. I will never recommend surgery for a partially torn meniscus. It was a nightmare for me. I had no difficulties with my injury, but I went to an orthopedic doctor to see if the injury would get worse with activity-I enjoy weightlifting and martial arts. The doctor was very confident, said I would be able to be active quite soon after surgery. Well, he went in and snipped the torn piece, then told me in our post-op that I shouldn’t be squatting deep or doing anymore deadlifts (huge red flag for me), but that I should be able to go back to martial arts. Cut to 3 years later: my knee is in constant pain and is swollen 2-3 times the size of the other knee no matter how much or little activity I perform. I wear braces around the house, to work, to lift, and to do martial arts. I don’t deadlift (much) anymore, and with nothing heavier than 250 (I was able to work with 4-500 pounds prior to surgery). I don’t do squats with anything other than body weight. It negatively affects my stances and katas in karate and my ability to warm-up and do submissions in jiu jitsu. I honestly wish I had never had the surgery. My other surgical experiences left me better off than before the procedure, but this one has altered the course of my life and it has impacted my ability to enjoy activities that are fundamental to my happiness and physical & mental health. I don’t hate the doctor, but man do I wish I hadn’t listened to his confidence. “Partial lateral meniscectomy,” he said. “It’ll leave a pothole,” he said. “Don’t worry,” he said. Well I do worry, because I loathe having chronic pain. I loathe risking injury to other parts of my body because I am compensating for the pain in my knee. My knee’s post-surgery health has been terrible. Think twice, and think AGAIN after that if you are contemplating a meniscectomy.

  22. Don’t give up says

    I had lateral meniscus surgery July 30 ,20-9. Everyone was telling me it was a walk in the park even me surgeon. Very painful with throbbing, sharp pain that runs through the back of my knee, thigh, and leg. Someu even my hip. I start my PT 7 days after my surgery and I was in tears I pushed through it and I bend my leg, still start coming down stairs, a bit of inflammation and scar tissue that is very difficult and looks like knots on my knee. I continue to fight through the pain during PT and also follow my PT exercises at home . I have days where the pain is so bad I can cry. I refuse for this pain to win. Stretch every day to keep your knee from freezing up. Don’t give up keep your faith and remember you can do anything you set your mind to do. Drink a lot of water. Water lubricantes our joints which heals us.

  23. I had meniscus repair scope on left knee four years ago. The recovery was longer than anticipated but I was able to resume the gym, jogging (treadmill and surface) 12 min mile pace average for up to hour and Orange Theory. June 2019 started having pain in right knee. Had meniscus scope surgery 9/17 and in recovery. What I remember from my last surgery was that the recovery time was longer than post op orders and google reports lol… but I eventually recovered full activity. I listened to my body, during/after physical therapy, and used common sense relative to pain management. My goal was to resume jogging so if it meant doing less strenuous exercise (so not into elliptical… arm rowing etc) that’s how I rolled. Managing weight was hard plus/minus 10 pounds… but worked through it nonetheless and eventually I was running again. I’m on day 3 on the right leg and time will tell. Different medical group and surgeon but I’m following dr orders and mine. Best to all.

  24. I had a medial and lateral miniscus repair last December and totally regret it, I’m in more pain now , the knee looks misshapen and very swollen, I cannot bend it , I stuggle up and down stairs . My life has completly changed as I can’t go to the gym , walk far or stand for long periods. All the surgeon tells me is slow down I’m doing too much ! I’m 54 yrs old not 95 yrs, I’m a cook that works long hours on my feet and not ready to be a couch potato yet .

  25. I had meniscus, surgery, in October of 2019.
    And my knee is swollen. It hurts to kneel, or to go up and down stairs,
    The plan at times goes right down my leg.
    I don’t sleep beacuse of the pain.and when I get out of bed i have all I can do to stand on it.

  26. Allan Bingeman says

    I am 49 and had a meniskus repair with tissue damage and arthritis. It been 6 weeks and the pain is better. But is in a new location. Not sure if it’s normal I AM VERY ACTIVE. Or try to be. Just feel I should be further along than I am. Pt and surgeon say I’m fine?? Anyone else in the same shoes. Want to get back to life and work.

  27. I fell down when running and after 2 months because of mild pain I did MRI and showed horizontal trizonal medial miniscus in my right knee I did repair and partial minisectomy ,after 7.5 weeks after surgery still I have inflamed k we and pain I my side cannot run and pain when walk

  28. Lisa Anderson says

    I am writing on behalf of my husband he has had several surgeries on both knees and he is not getting an better. He is unable to stand or walk for more than 5 minutes before the pain becomes excruciating. He is a 56 year old male and basically made himself home bound. Each surgery has been for the meniscus. We need help he has become very depressed and withdrawn. I don’t know what else to do for him.

  29. Brenda Mason says

    At 24 hours after peripheral and Medial menixcuss scrapping, I am i so much pain and my knee cap is popping which causes more pain. Ice isn’t helping, pain med aren’t helping. It’s worse than before surgery. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated.

  30. For tens of thousands of years, man has been having visions and dreams of running. Even prior to man’s descent from the tree roofs he was dreaming of standing upright and bearing hisself upon those two balanced legs. Yet, here I am, a twenty year old male runner who is otherwise healthy despite his left knee. After my first surgery i remember being hopeful—it was an attempt to repair. But unfortunately I had gotten ahead of myself and began exercising too soon. Albeit I felt fine, it wasn’t until a year or so afterwards that I had my second surgery. I remember feeling a rage, but not necessarily targeted towards myself, my body, or even my doctors. No. It was a rage targeted towards God Himself, my maker. Why would He do such a thing to me. To bestow this great gift of movement that has been evolved and developed through hundreds and hundreds of precious ancestral generations? I’ve had the dreams, of running, utterly weightless with a blissful feeling of flight. I’ve felt the drive, and the euphoria. I once feared not answering to my heart whenever it gave me that first sample of adrenaline. I was scared that if I did not answer its calling then it would never occur again. Yet now, i’m facing my third surgery. My heart has gone quiet, and my psyche is dominated by anxiety and sadness. What if I never run again and never feel the rapture of continuously pushing oneself beyond new horizons? I’m not sure. A world with knee pain is debilitating. It’s dark, filled with rustic joint movements, pain, and hopeless dreams.

  31. Juanita Wood says

    I am 51 I just had surgery for a Meniscus repair and removed an Cyst from behind my left knee 4 days ago. Before surgery the pain would bring tears to my eyes. Nothing would help with the pain. Not only my knee. But my Thigh and calf felt like they were broken. Since day one of my surgery I have been walking with a little bit of a limp. I have minimal pain that I can tolerate. I use to dead lift and squat over 100lbs everyday in my workouts. Until just last year the pain was to unbearable. To get ready for the surgery I lost 20lbs and walked everyday through the pain. My surgeon is one of the best in southeastern New Mexico/West Texas. All he said he wanted me to do was keep the bandage on for 3 days( I couldn’t wait to take that thing off) and to walk continuously in my home and my office for the next 4 to 6 weeks. I hope i continue to heal and I will take it a little easier to keep my legs working everyday. I hope y’all get better soon

  32. Dennis h says

    My advice to anyone with knee injury getv2 opinions at least be for any knee surgery.I think proper therapy and patience and time will cure or greatly help most knee problems.I had minuscule surgery and it’s not really all that much better if not worse than it was at times.just remember this it’s impossible to undo a surgery .you may be better off as you are.peace out


  34. I had meniscus surgery end of April. After the surgery I had no issues or pain after surgery. During PT 5 weeks after surgery I started having pain under my knee cap and during stairs up and down. Now 10 weeks after surgery the pain is to the point of interfering with my walking and now I struggle going up and down stairs. My doctor told me to see how things are after 3 months but the pain is getting works and now it is affecting my day to day activities. At this point in time I have more pain and discomfort then I did before the surgery. Besides a 2nd opinion did anyone else have these symptoms after their surgery?

  35. Lydia Esparza says

    Oh my Gosh I thought I was alone. I had partial menesectomy torn meniscus 2-28-19 and I can’t do nothing. I feel all meniscus should’ve been removed. I use cane,I can barely walk I feel so much pain. My ankle starts to swell. My doctor put me on depression medicine because I can’t work,I feel worthless. I am 62. I live alone and I just want somebody to fix my leg right where I can have a life. I am sorry for those who struggle like myself. May God keep us strong and faithful.

  36. Steven Collins says

    First and foremost, I am a fat shit. That being said, my biggest concern is the constant popping when I run, typically after I have been running for awhile 2 miles or more. While no speed demon (see my opening comment) i use running as the best method for weight control and overall cardiovascular health. Curious if I should simply keep running through the noise or am I doing damage to the joint or surgical site?

  37. I had arthroscopy done on 11th of april im suffering with dehydration and more pain then i started with i twisted my knee and hip and now my other leg hurts for putting more weight on it
    also been left to cope alone

  38. I had a car accident 9 years ago which resulted in torn meniscus plus other back issues. Had surgery to repair meniscus. After 4 years off serious back and knee pain and 5 different meds I decided to hire a personal trainer who helped to work on strengthening my core and muscles. There has been many set backs but I was determine to get off my meds and for the pain to go away. After three years I finally got to a point we’re i am off meds and I was able to manage with knee compresses and icing and Ibuprofen. Well 6 months ago someone again rear ended me and everything is back to were I was 9 years ago. Meniscus surgery 2 weeks ago where most of the meniscus was removed. A lot of popping, swelling, pain can’t sleep. No open for PT until the next two weeks smh. I refuse to sit in pain and not getting back to my norm and to work. I will do everything I have to do to keep going. I will do some PT on my own, I don’t want to be on these crutches. I will eat right to keep weight off, I will find alternative meds and strengthening exercises and all that I have learned my researchers over the years. I will dance Adrain, I will go on my three miles walks again, I will go shopping for more than just a few minutes again, I will bake all day again; all of the with God’s help. By the end of this year I will be back to my norm. It was not perfect but my norm was were I could do the things that brings me joy. I will be 53 in several weeks and I will work hard so I can lift up my granddaughter ; she is six months and I MUST GET BETTER, NO EXCUSES FOR ME. I will never stop fight, researching to recover and stop the pain, the depression and anxiety. Even if someone rear ends me again. I am not giving up. Look out world and doctors I am going to walk without pain again!

  39. Had acl and miniscus replaced 2 yrs ago and now after 2 yrs of therapy it still won’t straighten and still pops.

  40. I had repair of lateral meniscus Feb 2019. They found I had a discoid meniscus which is circular and fetters than a normal C shaped one so chopped bits off to make it a better shape.
    Recovery seemed fine until this week when my knee almost gave way following a sharp pain behind knee cap. Now I have a pulling sensation behind my knee going into the calf. I am worried something has either caught or torn

  41. Megan croswell says

    1 week ago 21st of March 2019 I had my miniscus tear repair, I’m unable to weight bare for 6 weeks it’s so hard I’m struggling not be able to do anything I’m getting stitches removed on Thursday I’m still having pain but I will keep you updated about my recovery. Fingers crossed it works 😓🙄

  42. Yes it seems these messages are not being answered. But must say reading your posts hv made me realise my symptoms are similar to many here. Had medial meniscus tear ditched up and yes it has been a slow recovery. Good then l regress. Today serious cramping and pain of bk of Kee and front. Actually in bed today to stay off feet. Strange it shld regress but Tks yo day veryone for spending the time to jot down yr stories as l was beginning to think l was a hopeless cause. I never thought l wld feel so down not being able to move around . It’s been a long mth and no tennis, little walking and turning down a lot of social invites. Yikes l am becoming a reclus… lol. Seems the recovery time of 3 mths is going to be 3 mths. Anyway hope everyone’s problems improve as dummer is on its way and really want to get bk to my tennis game.

  43. Jr. Flores says

    I got acl and meniscus surgery back in sep 31 2015. I got hurt playing soccer in college in around june 2014. Didnt want to get surgery but i couldnt do much no more so i decided to do it. Its been over 3 years but i cant play sports no more because my knee pops and feela like it goes out of place and starts to get swollen and can hardly walk. I tried going back to sports about a year and a half after. Its been 3 years and now at work walking my knee gets “stuck” pops feels like its out of place and i have to sit and rub it off. I wonder why. Did the surgeon did something wrong? did i do wrong going back to sports? Is it something normal everyone feels? Need help.

  44. Does anyone ever respond to these questions? I had miniscus surgery for two torn miniscus’ and repair of a defect in my femur…exactly one week ago. My knee area (and now my ankle) is still tight and swollen. I also have some pain in the back of my my leg located directly behind my my knee joint. I need a cane when I walk to help with my balance. Is this all normal and how long is it going to take for my leg to return to its normal size?

  45. I had surgery over four years ago for a torn meniscus. I had some initial pain after the surgery and knee popping. Now my knee is constantly swollen, the pain is worse than ever. It locks up on me even after sitting for awhile and I end up falling on my face. Standing more than 45 minutes to an hour is getting harder to do. Matter of fact, I’ve had to get a handicapped parking placard just to be able to drive to a store and walk in to buy groceries. Arthritus runs in the family and I do have gout problems in the same leg. I am at the point where I cannot work standing up for 8 hours much less the 10 hours I normally have to stand. Is there any hope?

  46. I had an accident in 92 dislocation of the knee.
    Was given tibia tubicle transfer lateral release quadriceps bypass!
    Metal Plate and screw in tibia tubicle transfer.
    Told too much surgery by far for accident that had occurred.
    Never walked since. Previously a dancer.
    Leg locked hyperextended since 92 whenever stood, but able to weight bear.
    In 2017 confirmed osteoarthritis. Had mri showed damage possible tears of pcl, acl, and cartilage.
    Told to have arthroscopy which I had July 18.
    Since cannot weight bear, pain, femur head moves on every bend. Awful.
    Pain laterally and above and below patella laterally.
    Knee too loose following scope and tidy and removal if accumulated debris. Now cannot weight bear. Seven months of pain and life-changing disability. After 26 years of disability anyhow.
    Told removal of debris has caused weakness, leg no longer will lock out straight.
    Mri confirmed grades 3 and 4 arthritis.
    Meniscus tear, no cartilage, bone on bone, all ligaments lax not stabilizing knee. Since arthroscope cannot weight bear. A mess. Pain awful
    Swelling. Movement of femur head. Told full knee replacement required. HELP PLEASE ANY ADVICE. Very distressed.

  47. Margaret spangler says

    Knee pop after surgery sores from stitches love I like healing good just fill my engery down one day fill good next day tried just had cartilage knee surgery last Wednesday

  48. Derek Gregiry says

    I had chondromicia patella scrape and repositioning of knee cap and meniscus tear surgery 9 weeks ago. I felt great sonth ago. The last 3 weeks I am back to swelling of my knee and dharp pain if I on my feet lightly for an hour or so. Things were so great and suddenly they feel almost as bad as thevknee did 6 months b4 surgery. Im seeing my ortho in a week. He is a famous knee guy who has done pro athletes. I dont kniw what he will think. I feel like theres more torn cartilage again. Then again he ssid after MRI my ligaments were excellent. He has done hundreds of these day ORs. Its very common. Why is my knee regressing? As long as I lie in bed no pain or swelling. The odd day its not bad. Definitely though something is not right. Maybe another MRI?

  49. Susan M Franks says

    Had a torn meniscus and Acl had xray showed fluid on knee wore brace helped some but bad pain when twisted by doc then had MRI after a couple weeks then found out about torn meniscus and Acl . Orthopedic said could do surgry or cortisone injection he said he would try injection first . Now time to go back still have jabbing pain off and on stiffness swelling cracking sound and been exercise with a trainer and it shakes and feel like it going to give out. What should I do? Ortho said he has a gel he can try next.

  50. HAMZA Abimbola B says

    I haven’t had any surgery on my torn meniscus for the past 2 years when it got torn.I experienced mild pain on my right knee radiating to my hip.So advise me on what to do

  51. I had surgery in August 2017, I have not been able to walk any distance at all without a cane. I have had stiffness, swelling and lots of pain, I have had every test going from arthritis which they have come to that I don’t have a stitch of it, now my last option is there sending me to a nerve doctor figuring he has hit a nerve. Wishing now I had never got this done and not only did my doctor do one knee he did both at the same time. All my doctor can say is it didn’t work. Very frustrated.

  52. My husband had surgery on his knee in April of 18, for a torn ACL and meniscus. Since the surgery he has popping and his knee locks up constantly. A couple weeks ago he went in to have scar tissue removed as the doctor thought that was causing it. It’s been over two weeks from the surgery and it’s worse now, maybe swelling I don’t know, his doctor said everything looked good in there so what can be causing this. It’s all the time.

  53. Mandar Prabhu says

    I am 45 and have had a surgery for meniscus tear two years ago..I was completely well but suddenly a week back I HV again developed slight pain.. discomfort n slight swelling in that knee…I had started my morning walk which was prohibited post surgery…I thought after 2 years it would be fine to resume walking…why the pain now..unable to fold my leg too. Kindly advise

  54. I had partial ACL tear surgery and a repaired meniscus mid April 2018 on the job site I do concrete for a living. My question is as I am still having pain in my knee I just finished work conditioning but still having issues I was wondering how long do you think I’m going to have pain and discomfort in my knee? Sometimes I think the meniscus did not heal correctly but did not have a MRI to confirm this. I was told by my doctor that a lot was done to my knee. My doctor says my surgery was very unique and is using it as a case study.

  55. I have undergone BMAC surgery for medial femoral condyle repair 2 month ago. Now while doing straightening exercises a poping sound can be heard. Please kindly tell me the reason for that and how to avoid.

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