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Knee Arthroscopy

The growing interest in exercise and sports has made knee injuries increasingly common.

Arthroscopy allows your surgeon to see into the knee joint and to address injuries in a more minimally invasive manner than was traditionally possible. Arthroscopy can be used to treat meniscal and ligament injuries, wear and tear problems, and to remove loose bodies within the joint. Healing time is typically quite short, scarring minimal, and patients usually go home on the same day as their surgery.

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These are some of the problems that can be surgically treated with arthroscopic knee surgery:
• Synovitis—inflammation of the synovial membrane
• chondromalacia
• meniscal tears
• ligamentous injuries or tears
• loose bodies
• knee instability

This article teaches you about knee anatomy, common knee problems and knee arthroscopy. The content and medical illustrations in this article are property of Media Partners, Inc. and have been filed with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Healthy Knee Anatomy

Normal knee anatomy

Normal knee anatomy (click to see larger image)

Knowing knee joint anatomy can help you to understand your knee problem better. It can also help you to properly care for your knee after your surgery. Proper care often helps shorten your recovery time and improves your surgical outcome.

A joint is typically formed where two or more bones meet.  The four bones that meet with one another to ultimately form the knee joint are the kneecap (patella), thighbone (femur), fibula, and shinbone (tibia).

The parts of the bones that touch each other are covered with articular (or hyaline) cartilage. This cartilage is a smooth cushion that helps to protect the bones. The cartilage creates an almost frictionless surface that allows for painless and free motion of the bones against one another.

The synovial membrane is a thin layer of tissue that lines the inner aspect of the entire knee joint. It produces a substance called synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is a slippery substance that keeps the joint lubricated and allows for even greater freedom of movement.

The knee joint has two menisci (singular: meniscus) that sit one top of the tibia.  Each meniscus is made up of fibrocartilage, a rubber-like tissue. The menisci act as shock absorbers and also help to improve the stability of the knee joint. When significant portions of the menisci are damaged or removed, the articular cartilage usually ends up wearing down more quickly, leading to early arthritis.

Ligaments are rope-like bands of tissue that connect and support the bones of a joint. Several ligaments span the knee and act to keep it stable.

Tendons are elastic tissues that connect muscles to bones and enable a muscle to move bone when it contracts. The muscles of the knee and their associated tendons help to further stabilize the knee.

Knee Problems and Repairs

Knee problems can be caused by disease or by injury. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, instability, clicking, catching, locking, and difficulty walking.

The most common knee problems are:

  • Torn ligaments
  • Meniscal tears
  • Loose bodies
  • Arthritis or chondromalacia
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis

Torn Ligament

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (click to see larger image)


There are many ligaments around the knee that help to stabilize it.  These include the medial collateral ligament (MCL), lateral collateral ligament (LCL), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL).

Sudden start-stop movements and quick changes in direction are common movements during which ligamentous injuries can occur. These types of movements are commonly used in basketball, football, soccer, and skiing.

Sudden tearing of a ligament may cause pain, swelling or difficulty in walking. More commonly, ligamentous tears may make the knee feel unstable.

Ligamentous injuries range from sprains (stretching or partial tearing) to complete tears. Ligament sprains or even some tears are often able to be treated without any surgery, taking anywhere from 4 weeks to several months to fully heal. On the other hand, a torn ligament that requires reconstructive surgery can take months to even a year to fully heal.

Some ligamentous injuries (most often tears of the ACL) are associated with meniscal tears.

Ligament Reconstruction

ACL harvest

ACL harvest (click for larger image)

Reconstructed ACL

Reconstructed ACL (click for larger image)

If you tear a ligament and it cannot be treated without surgery, surgical reconstruction of the torn ligament may be the next step. Typically at this stage, imaging studies including a MRI will have been ordered to evaluate your injury and to plan for surgery.

Which reconstructive option will be best for you depends on the type of injury you have sustained. Additionally, there are numerous ways to reconstruct each ligament.

For instance, if you tear your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), reconstruction (versus repair i.e. tying the two torn ends together) of the ACL is the current standard of care. Your ACL can be reconstructed using donor (cadaver) tendon (allograft) or using your own tissue (autograft).  There are various autograft options available that can be used to reconstruct your ACL (hamstrings, patellar tendon, quadriceps tendon), each with its own pros and cons.

Ultimately, the method used to reconstruct your ACL will depend on your age, activity level, and goals of surgery. This is true of any ligamentous repair that you and your surgeon decide to reconstruct (MCL, LCL, PCL).

Finally, ligamentous injuries are often associated with meniscal or cartilage injuries.  These are oftentimes concomitantly addressed at the time of surgery if the surgeon thinks that it is necessary.

Its important to remember that ligaments take a long time to heal. You may have to limit the amount of weight you put on your knee or motion around the knee for several weeks after a ligament reconstruction. You’ll likely need crutches to get around initially and your surgeon may ask that you wear a brace to help support your knee while it heals. At some point, strength and range-of-motion exercises will be needed to get your muscles strong enough to support your knee. It can sometimes take up to a year to get back to your normal activities.

Torn Meniscus

Meniscal tears

Meniscal tears (click to see larger image)

Meniscal injuries can occur after forced twisting of the knee (acute meniscal tears).  This can happen during sports or even during normal daily activity. The meniscus also becomes softer with age, making it easier to tear.  Meniscal tears can also occur in the setting of arthritis (degenerative meniscal tears).

A torn meniscus can cause catching or locking of the knee, giving way or buckling (instability) of the knee, pain or swelling. The size, location, chronicity of the tear as well the presence of any additional injuries will help to determine both treatment and recovery. If you and your surgeon decide that surgery is the next step, treatment of meniscal tears typically includes either partial removal or repair. Whether the meniscus is repaired or  removed will depend on many factors including your age, any additional injuries or associated arthritis within the knee, and the pattern of tear. Ultimately, the final decision to repair or partially remove a meniscus is made by the surgeon at the time of surgery when the injury is directly visualized with the arthroscopic camera. It is only then that the surgeon can truly understand if the tear is repairable.

It is important to remember that not all meniscal tears require surgery i.e. just because somebody says there is a meniscal tear on your MRI, doesn’t mean that you need surgery. Understanding when surgery is needed will depend on your symptoms, your age, any additional injuries, and your ultimate functional goals. Only you and your orthopedic surgeon can make this decision together.

Cartilage removal

Partial menisectomy (click to see larger image)

 

Chondromalacia

Chondromalacia can be caused by overuse or injury to the articular cartilage of the knee joint. This results in softening of the articular cartilage. It most commonly occurs underneath the patella (knee cap) where the patella rubs with the end of the thigh bone (femur). As the cartilage softens, it wears away more easily during joint movements. The cartilage can also just thin with age. Both of these can result in loose pieces of cartilage that cause catching or locking of the knee, giving way or buckling of the knee (instability), pain or swelling. As chondromalacia most often involves the patellofemoral compartment (the underside of the patella), the most common symptom is front of knee pain with walking down hills or stairs or pain after prolonged sitting in chairs.

Cartilage defects

Cartilage defects  

Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the hamstrings and quads are the mainstays of treatment for chondromalacia and should almost always be tried before choosing to have surgery. Although uncommon, if medications and physical therapy don’t help, surgery may be warranted.

Surgical treatment will depend on how much cartilage is involved and your symptoms. Treatment may include smoothing or shaving down the loose cartilage (chondroplasty) combined with other techniques such as microfracture, etc. Your surgeon will be discuss with you which type of surgery will be most beneficial for you.

Depending on the type of surgery that is performed, post-surgical recovery can take from weeks to months.

Loose Body (Joint Mouse)

Any free-floating object in the synovial fluid of the knee is known as a loose body or joint mouse. It can be a fragment of bone, cartilage, or meniscus. It can also be a piece of glass, metal or any foreign object. A loose body isn’t usually noticeable until it lodges somewhere in the joint. Your symptoms can change depending upon the exact location of the loose body within your knee. A loose body can cause catching or locking of the knee, giving way or buckling of the knee (instability), pain or swelling.

Removal of lose body from the joint space

Removal of lose body from the joint space

Arthroscopy allows your surgeon to find the loose body in your knee joint and to remove it.

What is Arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopyNow that we’ve talked about some of the more common knee issues that can be addressed with arthroscopy, let’s talk more about what arthroscopy actually is. Arthoscopy allows the surgeon to visualize the inside of the joint and address any issues within it.

At the start of an arthroscopic surgery, a small incision is made to enter the knee joint. The arthroscope—a tube with a tiny video camera on the end—is then inserted into the knee joint. The arthroscope has fluid in-flow as well as a light on the end of it.  The sterile fluid that flows through the arthroscope and is pumped into the knee expands the joint space and allows your surgeon to see your joint more easily. The pressure of this fluid also helps to control bleeding.

The inside of your knee joint is now viewed on a video monitor. Several more small incisions may be made around the knee allowing for the insertion of other instruments. Commonly used instruments are: forceps, scissors, a blunt hook, a shaver and a burr. These instruments are used to grasp, repair or remove bits of tissue or bone.

Depending on what needs to be done, the surgery itself can last between 30 minutes to several hours. At the conclusion of the surgery, the fluid is drained out. As the surgeon finishes, your incisions are closed with sutures or adhesive strips. Then your knee is bandaged with a compression bandage to reduce swelling and bleeding.

Because only small incisions are made, arthroscopic surgery is an outpatient procedure. This means that you can go home the same day that you have your surgery.

Getting Ready for Surgery

Since arthroscopic knee surgery usually is not performed in an emergency setting, you will have plenty of time to prepare. Your surgical team will likely give you instructions on what to do in the 2 weeks before surgery.

In the weeks / days prior to surgery:

• Tell your surgical team about any and all medications you are currently taking — including non-prescription medications, supplements, or herbs

• You will likely need to stop taking any medication that makes it harder for your blood to clot. These include: aspirin, plavix, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), warfarin (Coumadin), xarelto, pradaxa. Rarely, your doctors may ask you to continue taking these medications around the time of surgery.  Therefore, it is always best to check with both your surgical team and primary care doctor to see what they recommend.

• Ask your primary care doctor which of your daily medicines you should take on the day of surgery.

• If you smoke, try to quit. Ask your primary care doctor for help quitting—but don’t use a nicotine patch. Smoking (nicotine) can slow down wound and bone healing and can increase your risk of developing a wound infection.

• If you develop an illness or infection prior to surgery, be sure to call and let your surgical team know. If this is the case, sometimes your surgery will have to be postponed until a later date for your safety. It is better to know sooner than later so your surgical team can get you rescheduled.

• Let your surgical team know of any abrasions, cuts, or wounds that you may have sustained around your knee. These can increase the risk of infection after surgery, and as such, surgery may need to be postponed.

• Get your home ready for your return home. Depending on what type of surgery is being performed, it may be best to set up an area within your home where you won’t have to go up and down stairs. Rearrange furniture so you can easily get around with crutches.

• If possible, strengthen your leg muscles with exercises. In fact, depending on what surgery is planned for you, your surgeon may actually require that you do some therapy prior to surgery to improve your range of motion and strengthen your muscles.   This will help with your post-operative rehabilitation.

The day before surgery:

• Shower the night before surgery and make sure that your knee is nice and clean.

• Do not drink or eat anything after midnight the night before surgery

On the day of surgery:

• Take any medications that your primary care doctor said were okay to take the day of surgery with small sips of water

• Get to the hospital or surgery center early. You will likely have to show that you have brought someone with you that can drive you home after surgery

• Wear loose fitting clothing that can accommodate a brace or bulky bandage over the knee. Sweat pants or basketball shorts are good choices.

• If you were given crutches, cane or a brace before surgery, bring this with you.

Pre-operative Area

After checking in for surgery, you will go to the pre-operative area. Your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and temperature are typically closely monitored. You will likely meet your anesthesiologist here.  An intravenous line (IV) may be placed into your arm or hand. The IV allows for medications and fluids to be directly administered into your bloodstream before, during, and after surgery.

• Tell your anesthesiologist if you drink more than 1 or 2 drinks of alcohol a day

• Your surgeon will ask you to sign a surgical consent form if you haven’t signed one already. By signing the consent form, you are saying that you understand the risks, benefits and possible alternatives to surgery and that you give your permission to go ahead with surgery

Anesthesia

The three types of anesthesia used for arthroscopy are:

• local anesthesia—numbs your knee area
• regional anesthesia—numbs the leg
• general anesthesia—puts you to sleep

Usually, a combination of regional and general anesthesia are used. Regional anesthesia or a “block” will give you continued pain relief even after you wake up. With general anesthesia, the goal is that you are asleep during the surgery and that you don’t remember the surgery at all.

Recovery Room

At the end of your surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room. You will be in recovery until the effects of anesthesia have worn off (usually a few hours), you’re past the time point where complications are likely to occur, and you’re reasonably free of pain. You can usually have a visitor in the recovery room.

Your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and temperature are closely monitored. You may be given fluids and medicines to help control pain or nausea associated with general anesthesia. You’ll likely have an ice pack on your knee to help keep down the swelling. Your surgical leg circulation and sensation are checked by the recovery room nurses.

Discharge – Going Home

Your surgical team decides when you’re ready to be discharged. Discharge is based on your recovery from anesthesia and whether your pain is adequately controlled. If any problems arise in the recovery room or you need to be watched longer, you may be admitted to the hospital. When you’re discharged, someone will have to drive you home.

You may have a big bandage, brace, or ice pack on your knee that goes home with you. A nurse usually reviews post-operative instructions with you, gets your prescriptions, tells you when to make a follow-up appointment with your surgeon, and what to do if you have any problems when you get home. If you had a nerve block, it may take several hours to regain feeling in the affected leg.

Recovery At Home

Knowing how to care for your knee once you get home will make a big difference in your recovery and results. How fast your knee heals depends highly on the surgery performed, your age, your health, your fitness level before surgery, how active you are or want to be, and how much time you’re willing to spend on getting your knee back to normal.

Before going home, your surgeon may give you a set of instructions similar to these:

• Help at home: For the first 24 hours after surgery you should not be left alone. This is if you need help or if any unforeseen problems arise. Remember, you cannot drive immediately after surgery.

Rest and walking: You may feel groggy for the first 24-48 hours following surgery. Rest and give your body time to recover from surgery and anesthesia. Be sure to wear your brace if your surgeon instructed you to wear one. Use your crutches or other assistive devices, as directed. Be careful not to trip and fall. Keep your hands free to help you balance.

Weight bearing: Your surgical team will have explained to you if you can or cannot put weight on your surgical leg.

Medicine: Take all medications as prescribed by your surgeon. You may typically resume any of your normal home medications unless otherwise directed by your surgical team

For pain and swelling: Your knee is likely to feel sore and be swollen for at least a week. Ice your knee as directed. While lying down, elevate your knee so that it rests above the level of your heart as much as possible. Take pain medicine as prescribed. (See R.I.C.E. Therapy)

Crutches: Use assistive devices as directed by your surgeon.

Wound care: Keep your wound and bandage dry and clean. With your surgeon’s permission, you may remove your bandage a few days after the surgery. At this time, you may typically shower as usual—use a nonslip mat and hand rails when possible until your knee is strong and stable. Do not soak your incisions in a bathtub. Check your incision every day for redness, tenderness, or drainage. It is normal to see some bruising of the wound with some associated swelling of the leg.

Exercise: Begin a strengthening and range of motion exercise program as instructed by your surgeon or physical therapist. Don’t forget to ice your knee after therapy.

Return to routine: Return to daily activities and work as directed by your surgical team. Return to more vigorous activities once cleared by your surgeon.

When to call your Surgeon:

Call your surgeon to make or confirm a follow-up appointment.

Call your surgical team with any questions you have about your healing process or if you notice any of the following:

• continued bleeding through the bandage

• A fever over 101.5ºF or if you have shaking chills

• Continued bleeding through the bandage
• Persistent swelling, warmth or redness around your knee
• Tingling in your toes that does not improve, or if they become cold, discolored or numb
• Persistent or increasing pain, not relieved by your pain medication or with rest
• Pain, swelling or tenderness in your calf
• Headache, muscle aches or dizziness
• Trouble breathing or chest pain

Call 911 if you have chest pain, shortness of breath, or severe nausea after surgery

Expectations After Arthroscopy

Recovery Time

The amount of time it takes to fully recover after surgery depends on what was done during your surgery.  If a “smaller” surgery such as a simple loose body removal was performed, recovery can be as short as a matter of weeks.  If a large reconstructive surgery was performed, it may take up to a year for your knee to make a full recovery. The time needed for recovery also depends upon your age, your fitness level, and any other medical issues that you might have. After knee arthroscopy, you will have small scars on your knee from the incisions used to perform the surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions After Arthroscopy

  • There is blood and drainage from the incisions. Is that OK? A little drainage that is watery and clear or reddish in color is common for the first few days following surgery. If the drainage is bright red or looks like pus and is associated with a fever and/or pain, call your surgeon right away.
  • What if I have a slight fever? It’s normal to have a slight fever immediately after surgery. Take some Tylenol, aspirin, or ibuprofen as directed for the fever. If the fever is above 101.5F, or persists for more than a day after surgery, call your surgical team.
  • When can I take a shower or bath? Keep your surgical wounds dry for a few days. Typically, you may shower after that and let water run over your wounds. Typically, no scrubbing or soaking of the wounds is allowed for several weeks.  Ultimately, confirm these facts with your surgical team before and after surgery.
  • When can I move around? You should be up and moving around as soon as you can after you recover from anesthesia. To prevent falls, you should not try to walk around unassisted while on narcotic pain medicine. Use assistive devices while on narcotic medications. Ultimately, good mobility after surgery will help to prevent blood clots and keep your lungs healthy.
  • Why is my skin itching? Likely this is a side effect of the narcotic pain medication. Narcotic pain medications can make you feel itchy. Unless you develop a rash, hives, or shortness of breath, you probably are not having an allergic reaction. You can take an over-the-counter anti-histamine like Claritin or Benadryl to stop the itching. If you are having trouble breathing, call 911.
  • Why am I constipated? A side effect of narcotic pain medicines is constipation. This is usually temporary. Also, your lack of activity can add to the problem. You can increase the amount of water, fruit, and fiber you eat. If you need it, take a stool softener. Drink plenty of water. Try to get up and move around as much as you can.
  • When can I drive? This really depends on the type of surgery that was performed. Ask your surgical team when you are able to go back to driving.
  • When can I go back to work? This also really depends on the type of surgery that was performed. Ask your surgical team when you are able to go back to work.

 

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon About Arthroscopy

• Should I take my daily medicines before surgery?
• How much pain can I expect after surgery and how will the pain be controlled?
• Will I need crutches or a walker following surgery? For how long? Where can I get these? Should I get them before surgery? Should I bring them to the hospital with me?
• Will I need a brace? For how long? Where do I get one? Should I get it before surgery? Should I bring it to the hospital with me?
• How soon will I be able to drive?
• How soon until I can get back to my normal activities?

• How soon can I go back to work?

• How soon until I can get back to more strenuous activities like sports or exercise?

Write down your questions and the answers to these question so you don’t forget.

Risks of Having Surgery

Knee arthroscopy is generally very safe. However, surgery always has risks.  The risks associated with knee arthroscopy include:
• Infection of the surgical wounds
• Blood clots in your legs
• Knee stiffness
• Failure of repair

Some of the risks associated with surgery are specific to your knee problem and your surgery.  Be sure to ask your surgeon which risks are relevant for you.

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

Also on Health Pages a guide to Total Knee Replacement Surgery and Recovery

Comments

  1. yolanda lowry says

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  2. I had arthroscopic knee surgery for bucket tear meniscus and torn lateral tendon (June 2018) it’s believed to have been caused from psoriatic arthritis flare In both ankles that has cause me to walk wonky for 18 months undiagnosed. I had surgery to repair the meniscus and tendon as well as clean up some arthritis 6/2018. My ortho surgeon drilled little holes into my bone to promote stronger bones (Yeah not buying that) worse surgery I have ever had …..still can’t place my heel flat on ground as I walk so I pretty much walk on the ball of my foot now and my knee goes numb when walking or standing too long and I have never gotten rid of the swollen lumps where his instraments went during surgery. I did attend 8 weeks of physical therapy and these people just suck I’m no better then the day they first met me. Now I’m going to try knee injection called invosic (hydrolic acid) and I’m not sure lots of bad reports mostly in the pain and inability to walk….pls don’t need this.

  3. BISMARK OPOKU says

    hi am BISMARK OPOKU from GHANA.My left knee has been stiff since birth and have done an arthroscopy knee surgery for about a year now but still i cant bend fully and from my MRI i had a chronic lateral miniscus tear am still with my rehard but i want to know if possible one day i can bend fully as normal knee is?

  4. Chris Heslop says

    I had total knee replacement on 10,nov 2014.After 10 days got home,but problem was never got any physio until Jan 2015. Had a Manipulation on June that year,doctor said he got my knee tobend 90 deg.Went back up home a day later and never received physio until 3 weeks after that.
    Received another Manipulation on 4th Jan 2018,doctor got knee to bend to 40 deg.I have saw him again hoping to have scar tissue removed by Arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue from my Patella as it is not moving and giving me back pain everyday.Doctor is not very happy about doing op,and giving too many excuses to do op,as he says I might even loose my leg.What do you feel would happen.

  5. Samantha Griffin says

    I had an arthroscopy in Dec 2014 never resumed regular activities. Dr. wouldn’t prescribe physical therapy for me afterwards. Went back to him 8 months later about the same issues before the surgery and I was treated so disrespectfully by him and staff. Today my knee is 3 times the size, same problems with locking and pain. Now I’m having further issues with that limb. I cannot even walk on that leg without keeping it bent. Tried extensive physical therapy two years after surgery and that obviously did not help. Worst decision ever. Might have to get knee replacement.

  6. I have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in 2 days. Age 40. Fit and healthy, but overweight. Born with strong leg muscles and hoping this will be my saving grace. PT scheduled for 7 days post op. Might ask Dr. to start PT earlier after reading some comments. Had this surgery 20 years ago and literally hopped off the OR table at which point that knee is now “bionic”. I don’t think I’ll be awarded the same fate this time around with the other knee. Wish me luck!

  7. Had arthroscopic on my right knee A year on I am almost crippled My left knee now needs one I have been housebound over a year now I can’t weight bear the pain is shocking Been told I have a high pain threshold But this has literally floored me Need to sticks to walk But just getting up on my feet is horrendous Something is wrong I’m sure of it But surgeon hasn’t even looked at my left knee And not interested in my right knee He has discharged me and was quite rude Did all the exercises but I can’t live like this

  8. I am a 50 and had surgery for a ripped miiscus 20years ago, withagood outcome. I also have ankylosing spondulitis,cervical stenosis, with 6if 7 fused, can’t take nsaids,or work,not much. Pp
    Roblem knee that had surgery is constantly swollen, and the main now extend to my lower leg. All I can take are opiates, which are worthless.ice helps some but not much .I know my body is a Trainwreck, but I’m wondering is pain better than the grave. Suggestions?

  9. Its long time …when i used to run or do some physical exercise….i feel pain….and also thickness of the leg is less as compare to other leg..plz help

  10. James Braxton says

    I injured my left knee at work in August of 2015. I finally had arthroscopic surgery on Jan 2016 to repair a medial meniscus tear. Surgery consisted of debriding the anterior horn of the medial meniscus and a removal of 25% of the posterior horn. Grade 2 and 3 chondromalacia of the entire medial femoral condyle was noticed, this was debrided and chondroplasty was then performed. A tricompartmental synovectomy was also performed. It is now going on 6 months and I am still not able to walk without my knee buckling or hyperextending. I can only go up or down steps 1 leg at a time. Any walk more than a block requires me to bring a crutch for assistance. I now walk with my knee in a slightly hyperextended manner to prevent it from buckling forward. Of the buckling, buckling forward happens the majority of the time. I have very little stability in the knee now after surgery. Before surgery I was very active, being able to run 3 to 5 miles, hike, play softball, cycle and perform at work which is a very physically demanding job. Now 6 months after surgery it seems that all of this has been taken away. The only pain I have is when the knee gives out violently in a hyperextension manner. The swelling has gone done but the knee looks deformed compared to the good right knee. I understand that surgery was performed, but in a way that I just can’t explain, the knee just doesn’t feel right. I am learning so much as I am going thru this ordeal. I have learned that the quadracep muscle mainly controls the knee and when the knee gets injured the quadracep muscle limits itself as a way of protecting the knee. Appearently in my case the quadracep muscle saw surgery as being a major injury and has just about shut down with no recovery foreseen. Atrophy has set in and my left leg is considerably now smaller than my right. I am now at my 3rd physical therapist after surgery and the knee feels no different. I am now thinking of what line of work will I be able to switch to considering I have pretty much worked in the same industry all of my life. I am trying to be optimistic but everyone (Doctors and therapist) keep saying I should pretty much recovered at this time. In reallity, I am so far worse after the surgery and feel like all progression has peaked. I would like to hear from anyone who has recovered from a quadracep shutting down after knee arthroscopy or a professional who has delt with a client with this issue. I wish I never had the surgery.

  11. Is it usual to remove an ostophyte if it has caused a tear in the meniscus before trying to repair the tear please?

  12. I just had knee surgery(Arthroscopic) on my right knee. I have also had it on my left knee about five years ago with no
    problems.Now I regret having it done to my right knee. After surgery my leg was blue from support I was told. Have
    gone to therapy for three months. Now I have had my knee to go out totally on me about five times. Have more pain
    than I did before surgery. Can feel like bone rubbing against bone.(not before) Cant stand very long on leg(could before
    surgery. Twice a week therapy and now they are taping my knee to hold it in place. Surgeon says you dont need to see
    me anymore unless problems ( I TOLD HIM THERE ARE PROBLEMS AS HE WALKED OUT THE ROOM) He did give me
    another six weeks at one of his therapy centers. BAD BAD BAD The last time I had surgery on left knee (NO THERAPY)
    KNEE IS PERFECT> AND YES I WOULD HAVE GONE BACK TO HIM BUT HE DOES NOT ACCEPT NO FAULT}
    SINCE DAY ONE WITH THIS DOCTOR I KNEW I HAD MADE THE WRONG DECISION . AND HE IS A WELL KNOWN
    DOCTOR>I REALLY THINK I SHOULD SEE IF THIS DOCTOR DID THE RIGHT THING>IM NO DOCTOR BUT IN MY OPINION
    SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT

  13. I had a torn meniscus which required arthroscopic surgery and shaved the meniscus, this was now 4 weeks ago. I still have pain which I guess is normal with all the healing that is going on inside the knee.also doing pt. At night in bed though, I haven’t had one full night sleep since the op. Seems the knee gets numb and goes up to the hip. Only does that when lying flat in bed. Is this normal? will this eventually subside?

  14. I had two arthroscopy’s rt and left knee. I had torn meniscal and the ortho cleaned out some arthritus. One year later I have trouble walking,pain, swelling. I am not sleeping well. I had alot ofPT. I think I have developed knee flexion conctracture in both knees. I think this is preventing from walking correctly. I am going to get a second consult with this problem. I will not accept that this is the way I must live now…..

  15. Had a meniscus tear, floating cartridge under knee cap which lead to pressure in the back of the knee. Had a scope done on 10/31/15 staying home for a week to try to get the swelling down. Not much pain, just swelling, taking prescription anti-inflammatory meds, 600 mg three times a day. Stretching exercises only at this point. Stopped using the one crutch in the house but if I went out I would bring one crutch to just help with the stability. Dr. said no crutch physical therapist said use a crutch for stability.
    I’m happy to have had this surgery to remove all that needed to be removed, just need to mend at this point.
    Thanks,
    Carolyn

  16. I had arthroscopic surgery yesterday for a torn medial meniscus. I was in so much pain for the last 6 weeks. I feel okay and I am taking the meds as prescribed every 4 hours. I am seeing progress throughout the day. I can actually walk around the house unassisted! I think a good attitude and a great surgeon is the key. It’s very sore but I think it will heal and this too shall pass!

  17. Ralph Safmienmto says

    13 Oct 2015 I am having arthroscopic surgery of a right meniscus for a small interior redial tear, as shown from an MRI. Currently have trouble getting in out of my car and sleeping, I cannot straighten out my leg or put full weight on it. My walking is very limited and a cane has given me much relief. At times it just hurts and other times no pain until getting up when putting weight on my feet. I cannot walk for very long even with a cane my knee swells and hurts. I don’t want to be discouraged from reading all the negative results and few good results. I will be under general anesthesia. I’m a 67 year old male. I really hope it won’t be as bad as I’ve read, its not good now, what else can I do, pre-therapy was a night mare. Okay in the morning for this I go. San Diego California.

  18. I had knee surgery on Aug 8 for bone spurs,My leg still hurts and wont go straight. The doctor drained my knee of fluid but it keeps coming back also had a cortisone shot which did nothing. Going on 3 months still not working, Wished id never had this done, lost faith in doctors. The funny thing is the doc said id be back to work in a week, what a joke………………..

  19. Dear
    I went through acl plus both lateral and medial maniscus surgery, i m in 7th week but swelling is still there and i can bend my knee only 90 degree and whenever i slightly bend my knee i feel stifness. Please help me.

  20. Had my knee arthroscopy on the 8th of May 2015 (aged 30). Torn lateral meniscus in my left knee. They were thankfully able to repair it, rather than removing it. Pre & post op was fine, first few days I didn’t feel any pain and kept my leg elevated. I was told not to bear a lot of weight on it to begin with and not to start any exercises until my post 10 day check up. Started Physio 2 weeks later, and saw some slow progression. Sleeping was difficult for the first 2 weeks or so – had to use a pillow between my legs and could only sleep on my side. Can now walk reasonably ok and bend my knee quite well. I still do not have the strength to go up and down stairs as normal. It is now week 6, and still can see some slight swelling and there is some paint around the incision sites. There is some minor discomfort around the knee cap.

    I was able to return to work on light duties and drive after 1 week (automatic only).

    Lets be honest here, it has been the most frustrating 6 weeks of my life. Make sure you are fit and mentality ready for the challenges that come with this op. You will need help at home and doing basic chores & getting dressed takes twice as long. I hope that my patience pays off.

    Good luck,

    Tegan

  21. Hello Everyone,
    Yesterday was the start of week 3 recovery after surgery. I had to do a lot of online research post surgery. I did not get any written take home instructions at my post-op appt. It felt a little rushed. I am learning so much more online. I had to ask and research dietary factors that could contribute to a faster recovery. I know eveyone is different but, I learned that stronger muscles around the knee help with a faster recovery. I wish I was told that so that I could have did a few light weight training workouts a year prior to surgery.

  22. Castellanos says

    Had arthroscopy surgery on left knee. 20% of cartilage is gone on knee cap. Was hoping for micro fracture surgery to fully repair issue. Instead got it rounded/shaved down. Doctor says he will see me in 14 days. His plan is to use a heavy duty brace PT and injections. I will be asking for plasma injections instead of HA injections which last only 4-6 months. Plasma injections have stem cells from your own blood and last a year. I will see what happens. I am aware that the end result in the future will be a knee replacement. Hoping everything works out. I am no doctor but it seems that micro fracture surgery that is a 20 year old procedure which professional athletes and upper class use is better then a medical practice that was invented in 1941 “shaving bone cartilage.”. But what do I know. All I can say is research procedures that are out there for your problems. Research your surgeon, make sure he fits your bill. Make sure you are aware of information on prescriptions you take. Write everything down that happens. I do still will hope for the best but question the procedure that was chosen. Good luck to all of you.

  23. lynn Jones says

    I’m 55 years old and had an arthroscopy 6 weeks ago to remove loose bodies. The consultant said the swelling would be better in six weeks but I’d say 8 in my case. It aches alot at night and still feels stiff . I honestly thought recovery would be a lot faster than it has been. I was sent home with the only exercise instruction to ‘weight bear ‘so I have no idea if I’ve done too much or too little . I’m walking an 80 mile pilgrimage in 7 weeks . The consultant said said I have a 90 per cent chance of being able to do it…….I”ve read people saying they’re back to jogging and running in 8 weeks…….I wish I had known that healing takes way longer than you realise.

  24. Thank God I didn’t see these comments before I got my knee done!

    I’m late 40s, live in the UK and tore my meniscus cartilage 16 months ago. I was told it was arthritis and to go away. Then that it was bad posture. Finally I got an MRI and it showed the tear. Even then I was told to go away as it wouldn’t be the cause. I persisted despite getting some improvement (mainly because I was massively favoring it) and got an op date.

    Just had it today. I’m at 7.30. Woke from general at 10.30. Home by 1. No pain meds needed, though I felt sea sick from the general. Felt very thirsty too.

    Been told it would never have healed and would probably have torn worse by the surgeon. It would also have probably led to arthritis. Told I can return to work tomorrow and drive by Monday or earlier if I’m doing well. Can get back to exercise fully in a month, though I’ll always need to watch high impact exercise as I’ve lost some cushioning.

    I was scared and unsure, but did it. I may get longer term complications in which case I’ll post here, but the surgeon says I would have almost certainly had I not and I’d have lived with permanent pain if I’d not. Oh and I’m walking unaided.

  25. Had torn and broken meniscus, on a united flight May 15, 2013(due to lack of foot room) came home to emerg, to discover. My leg had locked in bent position and could not walk or move. Had Mri which took 4 weeks, to discover pieces of meniscus had lodged infront and back of knee. Finally had surgery on June 26 2013, was excited to be on road to recovery. Unfortunately it was not the case. Before surgery has minimal swelling and minimal pain, just could not move it. After surgery, I started to get pain and lots of swelling kicked in. I went to follow up with surgeon he stated everything was well, just wait for swelling to go down, ice and take advil to keep swelling, down (swelling cause leg to go back to locked position). By third week by leg and knee had so much pain I couldnt move an inch of my body. I couldnt sleep, tears were just pouring from eyes. I finally managed to get to hospital. They sent me home to follow up with surgeon. Following day i returned to hospital cause i discovered a lump in back of leg. I feared it was a blood clot. Sure enough I had DVT, they put me on Xarelto and said I should get better. 9 days later I was not, and I got up and felt a burning sensation thru my body. I sat infront of ac hopng to cool done, I was sweating, in more pain then human should ever bare and then I called for ambulance, just intime, I couldnt breath. We then discovered the Xarelto had failed me and now I had dual lung embolisms> I was very lucky, the nurses and drs jsut looked at me and said we havent seen anyone in your condition that made here intime and alive. I spent 2 weeks in Hospital in so much pain, as they continued to pump pain meds, and jab me with needles. Finally when my heart rate, oxygen levels and Inr came undercontrol, I was able to go home. Still in pain, barely able to move, still not sleeping. The pain meds were only allowing to help get me thru another day. Head was in such a fog, had anxiety attacks. Was just horrible experience. I managed to get thru a couple more months and had to go back to Hospital, because leg was turned blue and I was screaming from the leg pain (like glass in veins) (this was all from knee to upper back part of leg) and had no control of leg. Again the only answer they could give was more pain meds. After almost a year between morphine and oxy I could not take how horrible I felt, and some swelling had come down (thanks to compression stalkings), I started on tylenol 3 for a few more months. Almost a year after accident, something just felt like it popped and more swelling came down. It was a sigh of relief, finally to be able have a pain level I could manage ( I have a high tolerence for pain). I stopped taking pain meds cause I wanted my brain back. I still was unable to walk and had no control over leg. I still had pain but I could cope. I struggled with pyshio, pushed and pushed. Tears of pain, slowly more swelling came down. After 6 months of pyshio, she said really any improvements are happening because of less swelling. So from there it was about 17-18 months later I was finally able to get up with crutches. I was now weak. My knee muscles and leg muscles gone. My energy and motivation gone. Started falling into deep depression. I had horrible short term memory, i couldnt focus on anything. I wanted out of my skin. It was the most horrible feeling. I started to feel that none of the drs were going to help and to I was taking sooooo long to recovery. My business was gone, money gone, soon we would be homeless and I didnt know what to anymore. The depression got darker on I was hoping not to wake up anymore. I knew this wasnt me. Life is a gift and I know that! I decided to get a puppy (best cure for depression) and he was. He helped get me up and try to hobble after him. Finally 20 months Im down to a cane, have horrible balance but at least I am able to walk,. My energy I am working on, my short term memory is getting better, pain I still have, some days are worse then others. swelling I still have. Answers I do not. Will I ever know what happen, why so many problems and what cause all the pain? IDK? I do know everyone is differant and everyone heals differant. I do pray no one will ever go thru what I went thru and still going thru as I get closer to 2 years from accident!

  26. Four weeks post arthroscopy and the third day after,I started experiencing a cold foot. Called the doctor on call and said maybe a disruptive nerve, anyone else ever heard of this? It isn’t constant but when it is cold it is freezing cold. Had an ultrasound to check for blot clots that came back fine. Very annoying, today foot feels cold “inside” not very cold to the touch.

  27. Hi Ive had a Right Knee Arthroscopy with a repair to meniscal tear, I cannot commend the Royal Orthopedic Hospital enough, my Consultant Mr Hussain was excellent, I was weight bearing straight away and found the staff at this hospital excellent, I feel really pleased with my progress, able to walk, still a bit of swelling but that is to be expected but overall very little pain, I have to say I was in so much pain before, I feel so much better now and so far my overall experience has been very positive.

  28. Curious_Patient says

    i had the arthroscopic surgery, got half of the right knees meniscus removed. I only had 6 sessions of physical therapy (1 and half months)
    What happens if you don’t take care of it? My surgery was march 12 (I posed this 12/8/14) What risk do i suffer if i dont take care of my knee?

  29. Hi, I had a knee operation for years and had bone scraped, they told me I now have ostiarthiritas in the knee. 6 months later I am I. A lot of pain front and back of knee. On crutches again and now seeing a bone specialist and doing another MRI scan. I am worse then before surgery. My consultant just told me to change my life style. I can’t climb stairs, drive my car,walk far, swim. Nothing I am now very depressed and been on ssp since April now ESA. I feel disabled useless. The surgeon told me I would not be worse off but I am a lot worse. I have no life. I had enough.

  30. Had a right knee arthroscopy and chondroplasty (microfracture) 7/25/14. 4 weeks no weight bearing and crutches. 6 weeks later standing at my desk with no weight on the right knee but with the knee bent behind me had a twinge in the joint and now pain and soreness when walking. Had 0 zero pain for 6 weeks. Stopped taking naproxen after 2 days since not needed. 45 year old male, 5th arthroscopy, 3 on left knee, 2 on right by 3 different doctors. 1st chondroplasty. Never had any recovery problems from and of the 5 surgeries.
    Anyone ever experience this? Was the medial area of the knee where the chondroplasty was done bruised from turning or twisting the knee?

  31. Had orthoscopic surgery to the left knee in June 2013, done physical therapy no improvement had lots of pain bruising, stiffing and swelling and heat. Gradually lost movement of the knee joint could not bend my knee at all. 4 to 6 months later in extreme pain. Each doctor visit asked for I new MRI I knew something was not right the doctor said do more PT.i was not able to do pt. In March 2014 had a new MRI done. I had massive scare tissue and had to have another surgery. When I was under Anastasia he could only move my knee 20% he said it was the worst he had ever seen. To complicate matters the tip of the tool they used was lost inside of my knee, they could not find it. they done X-rays and found it was in the back of my knee. the dr. Said it wouldn’t be no problem. I stayed on a CPM machine for 12 hours a day for two weeks pluse PT for six weeks everyday. 3 months later I’m still taking PT motion is very limited, I still have a lot of different kinds of pain. Bruising down to the ankle the knee is always swollen and hurting. My pleads from pain center to dr to pt goes unheard. I’m told it’s ok to do more pt. The nurse says that the object that was left in the knee could be causing the problem. Has anyone experienced this or can help or has any advise.

  32. I had knee surgery 1yr. ago ,and my knee hurts worst now than before the surgery. I went to all of my pt appointments and completed them. When I told my Dr. how bad my knee hurt he said sometimes it can take up to one year to feel better. Well guess what ? It’s been a year and I still have a limp. He doesn’t even show that he cares. He said well maybe we will have to start giving you shots . But you can be sure he got his money. I wouldn’t advise anyone to have knee surgery !!!!

  33. I had surgery on 12-19-13 on both knees…8 months later and I am still having severe pain and swelling…can’t sleep at night pain is radiating to my hip..cannot get up too fast…weakness in knees when walking…have to wear knee brace and use a cane for balance…Dr. Says they were supposed to be better in 3 weeks….need help

  34. I am scheduled to get a arthroscopy in a month. I am very worried, and all these comments are freaking me out! Has anyone had a good experience with this surgery? Both my knees are bad, and I’m getting the right one done first, then the left. I’m hoping to get some feedback on this type of surgery so I can calm down a bit.
    I’m a 28 yr old female, in pretty good shape.

  35. I had my knee scoped in 1999, fell on a sidewalk and tore the meniscus. The doctor didn’t say anything about exercises in order to not make the knee stiff! I knew I should do exercises so went to a PT and was in structured as what to do. Five days after surgery I started riding my bicycle very slowly in the driveway as to keep the knee mobile. I didn’t have problems with pain, etc. and I fully recovered and never had a problem with pain up until now ( 2014), I now have arthritis in the scoped knee which I’ve heard sometimes happen. Nothing to do about the arthritis, just have to live with it I guess. By the way I am 72 years old now.

  36. I had a meniscus trim, removal of floating bodies, cartilage trim. I was doing great first 2 weeks post op. Was walking, step ups, biking…then massive pain in my knee cap, under and around. I could not walk or put my weight on the leg without it giving out! My doctor says because of my degenerative cartilage my knee isn’t tracking right. He says now I need knee replacement! He scolded me for walking when he said “get on it right away” . He said I had the wrong knee brace but didn’t tell me what brace to get. He gave me no exercises and no advice. Now I’m left trying to figure this out on my own until I see him again in 2 weeks. I work in 1 week, a job that has me walking for hours. So frustrated as this pain is intense. This is my 3rd knee surgery and I’ve never had problems before.

  37. I am 52 years old and had a knee arthroscopy done on 6th June 2013 under general anesthesia. I had a repair to a meniscus tear on my right knee, and also had a cyst removed. It was done as a day procedure, arriving at hospital for 11.00 and being discharged at 19.00. After the operation I was told to start my knee exercises that night, that it was ok to walk the next day and I could return to work with in 1 week if it was light duties. Was also advised to apply ice packs to my knee once I removed the bandage. (was told to keep bandage on for 24 hours)
    I am now 10 days post op and have the following problems
    1 – I can not bend my lower right leg more than about 6 inches
    2 – I limp on walking and it is very sore and slow going
    3 – I have problems in trying to get down and sit on the loo
    4 – I can not drive as I can not get my right leg into the car (RIGHT HAND DRIVE UK)

    I have been on anti inflammatory drugs for the past 8 days but my right leg is still swollen above and below the knee

    Can any one advise me please on my next move, and is this normal to have so little leg movement after 10 days

    Thanks Robert

  38. I’m 64 years old. Had arthroscopic knee surgery on March 19 after 6 weeks of severe knee pain from an episode of overuse in January. MRI said flap tear on medial meniscus and some articular cartilage fissuring. Surgeon cut out flap tear and cleaned up the articular cartilage. No pain after surgery. Did some PT. Seemed to heal normally the first 2 or 3 weeks although still very swelled up and stiff. Then a lot of pain up and down the medial side of my knee. Doctor said probably aggravated MCL and the small coronary ligaments in that area. Told me to wear a hinged brace. Did so for 2 weeks, things improved. But now, a week ago, developed sharp pain along medial joint just like before my surgery. Doctor now says probably re tore the meniscus. He can’t figure out why it tore again so soon (maybe because I’m 64?). Anyway, he ordered up an MRI arthrogram which I am scheduled to have next week. BOTTOM LINE: Be very careful about consenting to arthroscopic knee surgery, especially if you are older. I deem mine to be a failed surgery and a waste of the insurance deductible and other costs I had to pay, totalling $6,500.00 to date, not to mention all of the time and pain and suffering I have endured and will continue to endure.

  39. Has anyone had arthroscopic surgery with local anesthesia? If so, is it a good option? Thank you.

  40. 3 times surgery still ynstability dr say is in my head harly walk he can do nothing for me anymore i just can take this cqn sameone say opinion

  41. Had my right knee done last september.Had to stay in hospital for three days due to bleeding but that was ,as it turned out,due to my having taken asprin on a daily basis.Apart from that,everything settled very quickly and I had minimal pain.The whole procedure was a huge success and I recovered quickly.However I had my left knee done a week ago and for the first two days I was pain free,then it all changed.I am now finding it really hard to bend the knee and it has become very painful.

    I have gone back to taking paracetamol and codeine every 4 hours as it is so sore.It feels very bruised internally and it stings and feels really sore.
    I only hope and pray that this is just temporary.I shall give it a few weeks and if it continues to get worse I will have to go back to the consultant and find out why.
    I am so dissapointed as the first op was so successful.I had torn meniscus in both knees and also advanced arthritis.

  42. Media Partners says

    Thanks for your comment on your experience. You’re right, people with good outcomes usually don’t speak up and it’s good to hear your story so people looking into this procedure see both sides.

  43. I’m an active 64year old – play tennis, cycle, swim, hike, climb mountains etc. I had a massive bucket-handle tear repaired 10 years ago as an emergency. First two weeks were in a splint, followed by a few weeks physio, Absolutely no problem. Have played tennis ever since. Tomorrow I’m having arthroscopic surgery to kneecap for arthritis and a general clean-up of cartilage etc. I’m very optimistic, based on previous experience, and not nervous at all. People who have a good experience don’t usually write on blogs – I’m sure there are lots of us!!

  44. David

    I had my surgery last Friday at the Oaks under Mr Loeffler, operated on at 15:15 Discharged by 17:30, crutches that evening and had a good nights sleep, the following day (yesterday) felt a lot better, still on crutches but definitely felt stronger. Today crutches are only for going up and down stairs, have managed all day without crutches, leg feels really good, tonight I removed the bandages and could not believe how small the two incision holes are, both have healed very nicely, I cannot thank Mr Loeffler enough he and his team at the Oaks could not have been better, thank you.
    If you need this type of treatment I would highly recommend Mr Loefler.

  45. Media Partners says

    Thanks for sharing your experience. Sometimes all we hear is the bad stuff! 🙂

  46. Dita San Nicolas says

    I had my knee arthroscopy was on 12/17/12. My orthopedic doctor removed and cleaned severe tears on my ACL, my medial and lateral meniscus and shaved arthritis from my knee.
    Considering all the work that was performed, I was off the crutches, off the pain meds, started physical therapy, and more importantly, pain free, two days post-op!
    DOCTORS ORDERS… I believe this is key; icing, elevation, range of motion exercises, PT, etc.
    ICE PACK… I iced as much as I could the first 2 days and kept my leg elevated.
    BLOOD AND DISCHARGE… Expect to bleed a little or have discharge up to 7 days post-op (especially if incisions were not stitched). Don’t be surprised if you see blood seep thru the ace bandage on the day of or day after, as that happens. I bled a little after day 2 of PT.
    SHOWERING… What worked for me was saran wrap and clear packing tape to protect incisions from getting wet.
    PHYSICAL THERAPY… My first therapy session was 2 days post-op. It’s well worth it! The therapists are specialized in their craft and will work on getting you to where you need to be. I do range of motion exercises on my PT off days.
    NERVOUSNESS… If you are nervous about the procedure, don’t sweat it. I was a nervous wreck from the time I entered the surgical ward to the operating room, but the procedure was quick and before I knew it, I was waking up in the recovery room.
    It was comforting for me to have a nursing staff, OR staff and ortho doc that reassured me all will be fine. I believe they all geniunely cared.
    Good luck to all that will be going thru the procedure.

  47. Media Partners says

    John, You are recovering, so you don’t really need to be doing anything that will injure your knee. Be careful about “all I can do is eat.” Being overweight puts a lot of stress on knees.

  48. meniscus tear day 4. still in pain, no bleeding, keeping knee elevated, taking my meds (4 pills a day). but after reading articles here maybe 4-6 weeks recovery. going back to doc 12-27. the way i look at it, as long as i have to take medicene for pain their will be no work, but am looking for a full recovery in a month. the only thing i dont like, meds make me feel like i had a nap, and feel like crap all day. take meds, watch tv, eat. thats all i can do.

  49. Does anyone know a surgeon in the UK who is dedicated to repairing meniscus tears in older people? I’m 50 and have a bucket handle tear of the lateral meniscus I can still walk but it locks and gives way. I don’t want it removed if I can avoid it also I would rather have an epidural. Thanks my email is gerardparkinson@hotmail.com

  50. Media Partners says

    Good for you Annie! What is different about the after care that the French Drs. advise?

  51. Annie Hobbs says

    As a 59 yr old, with torn meniscus in both knees, not a lot of cartlidge and crumbling joints I decided that I had nothing to lose. I had my left knee done on 25th September. Woke up after ‘general’, had lunch, walked round my room, got dressed and went home. Did’nt even need pain relief. Had right knee done 20th November, basically same routine, although I did take pain relief for 2 days. Swelling is going down, bruising is coming out and walking is okay. It’s very interesting reading everyone else’s comments. Personally, I had not been able to walk up or down stairs for well over 10 years, sometimes my knees would ‘lock up’ and I would wait for my husband to get me up from the floor [or garden], pain was incredible and I always worried my knees would collapse. 6 days on and I feel so much better, I can even do the stairs without pain now.
    Clearly the french post-intervention advise is slightly different, but its worked for me. If you’ve had problems for years then I would say ‘go for it’. I even went horse riding 6 weeks after first Op. Feel great. Good luck everyone.

  52. Hi, I had my meniscus removed 35 years ago and or the last five years have been getting progresively bad muscle pains and walk with a limp. Some days it is very painful. The first 30 years gave no trouble at all.
    Can anyone comment on this? I would be grateful for any advice or to hear the experience of others in the same predicament!

  53. I am 48 years old. I had an arthroscopy on July 25th 2012. This was to repair 2 x torn meniscus and to remove many bone spurs. I am aware I am up for a knee replacement due to the extreme disease of the joint but I do not regret the arthroscopy I recently had. I was in hospital for a matter of hours, came right home and immediately climbed 2 flights of steps. I took no post op pain relief and religiously stuck to the exercises provided by the physio and surgeon. I was able to drive within the week post op. Certainly I had swelling and some discomfort and 3 weeks post surgery I am still on reduced hours at work primarily due to working as a nurse requiring lots of walking. I do have some lumbar pain which I suspect is a combination of my current altered gait and recovery of a chest infection (that was worse then the surgery). I am still limping and my knee feels like it has a block of wood in the middle of it but it feels so much more stable and there is no pain when I stand up or bend it, not to mention the ease with steps now. My surgeon has said due to the arthritis disease in my joint, my recovery to a normal gait may take up to 2-3 months which I am willing to endure for the positives I am already experiencing. Swimming or at least walking in water has been very beneficial.
    Good luck to you all.

  54. Media Partners says

    Linda, I could not agree with you more on the second opinion! I hope you will read the post I did on second opinions. I got one and got out of surgery all together. My sister got a second opinion and got out of a recommended spinal fusion for a one inch scar and cyst removal! Her life would have been ruined forever. I hope everyone who is recommended for surgery gets a second opinion. Thanks for posting!

  55. Media Partners, yes, the debridement was to clean off articular cartilage. I had quite a bit of arthritis there. What I wonder is if it was necessary since the surgeon did take it down to nearly bone on bone. (I feel arthritis in my other knee but never feel pain). My primary complaint was the meniscus tear. Cartilage does not grow back, which is the problem for all arthritis sufferers.

    As a followup to my last post: I went to see my doctor last night. He told me I should get a knee replacement. I walked in there with loads of questions and he had no time to answer any of them. To him, the knee replacement was the answer. I’m sure he sees hundreds of arthritis patients every day and he has heard all the compaints, but he did not listen to anything I had to say. When I told him I did not want a knee replacement, (and if he had asked why I would have said because I am able to do all the things I want to do but with pain, so I don’t feel things are bad enough to warrant that surgery. He never asked).

    So he told me to have an injection of Synvisc One. This is an injection of a gel that is supposed to increase the amount of lubrication in the joint but should only last from 3 – 6 months. I went ahead with the injection and it feels good today.

    However, I am very dissatisfied with this doctor and his lack of bedside manner so I am looking for a new doctor. I think every person’s situation is different. We each have our own daily routines, our own levels of exercise or lack thereof, and our own histories. To spend no time listening to a patient means you are grouping everyone into one bucket.

    My husband reminded me of a joke: What do they call the guy who graduates last in medical school? Answer: Doctor. For anyone contemplating this surgery, do your homework and get 2nd opinions. It is your life in their hands.

  56. If you have access to a pool, use it! It is a powerful, effective rehab tool. Walk, run, hop, lunge, squat…as long as it is within your envelope of function. A few months out land-based exercise, even very modest, would make my knee swell back up. My quad was shrinking despite the exercise, and I was losing motion. In the pool, however. I can really “go for the burn” without the knee swelling back up on me. It definitely had a positive effect on land-based function. I’m in no hurry to begin running and jumping on land again. I’m making progress and taking my sweet time.

  57. Media Partners says

    Good for you Nancy, and thanks for posting good news!

  58. I had arthroscopic surgery of my right knee due to a torn meniscus 6 days ago. I was told that there would be an 80% chance of improvement. I was able to walk on my own the day of surgery and started exercises that evening. I have not needed any pain meds. I am very happy with the results and can even do stairs without pain. It is important to do the exercises, elevation and ice to avoid stiffness. I am a 62 year old female, and am very pleased with the results. I believe that a good surgeon,and following post-op instructions is key.

  59. Media Partners says

    Ross, Be sure to come back and let us know about the debridement and how you do. People always want to hear from what others have been through so they can be aware of questions to ask and things to look for or that worked for someone else. Good luck!

  60. 51 year old man, non athlete but active, yoga and occasional gym as exercise, HPTW. OTC knee brace as needed, 600 mg q d Motrin about 4 times a week. Recently had 1 shot of cortisone in right knee because of impending vacations and lots of walking (Vegas, NYC); lasted 3 wks.

    History: I had arthroscopic surgery on each knee for meniscus tear, right was done around 1997, left done around 2010. Recovery was good for each, with PT for weeks, icing, Motrin and ES Tylenol as needed. Recovery time was much faster for later surgery, as first knee surgeon let me rest in recliner for couple weeks after the surgery, where the second surgeon had me in PT the day after surgery.

    Current: I am looking forward to having arthroscopic again on each knee, for additional tears, because the pain of frequent under knee pain is finally uncomfortable enough and unpredictable instability (stairs, when walking). Yes, I have less meniscus TO be cut away, but I figure it will improve my quality of life o have less current pain and concern of falling. I am delaying the inevitable knee replacement.

    Yes, there are stories of discomfort, but I also have to add that with my two previous success stories, I had not thought to have posted my positive outcomes. So I am optimistic about outcome, but will admit I only know about the arthroscopic part, not additional debridement IF that was found.

  61. i am suppose to have knee arthroscopy done next week, but am having second thoughts because of the comments. I have 2 children and am a single parent with no family around. Is the surgery worth it.

  62. Media Partners says

    Linda,

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Many people, probably you as well, weren’t aware of what can happen with surgery. It doesn’t always turn out for the best. I’ve never had bone or cartilage surgery but have heard it is painful. The debridement that you had – was that to clean off the articular cartilage? Did the surgeon just scrape it down to the bone? Why would that be better? Scraping away the cartilage would leave you with bone on bone. Did he say the cartilage grow back? If so, how long? What does he say about your pain level now and if you can expect it to get any better or worse. I’m very active as well and I would hate the thought of having that taken away from me. I hope it gets better for you. Keep us posted.

  63. I tore my meniscus and after a second twist of my knee, tore it enough that it hurt frequently. My knee would swell up and be stiff and sore for weeks. I could walk but with a great deal of pain.

    In February, I had surgery to repair the torn meniscus and while inside they saw a lot of arthritis so they did a debridement to shave the athritis off the inside of my knee cap. In doing so they remove a great deal of cartilage. After the surgery I felt very little pain. I had the most discomfort from the general anesthesia which left me feeling like I had a bad hangover for two weeks. I was on crutches for only 2 days.

    After 3 weeks I was able to resume my normal exercise regimen. I had some swelling and discomfort, but not much. I went to PT one day but they told me I was in such good shape I could do the recommended exercises at home. I did some of them, but many seemed too harsh for my pain level.

    Now I am 5 months post surgery. Gradually, my knee has gotten more and more painful. I began using a knee support during the day which has helped and I take 2 Aleve twice a day. With this I am able to function in a normal manner, and able to do my exercise program with only slight modifications. However, I am in pain that varies from mild to severe every day. I have realized that this is how it will be and I need to adjust my thinking because this surgery did not make me in any way pain free. I am in less pain than before the surgery, but I had hoped for better results.

    Today I Googled “pain worse after athroscopic surgery” and found a study done in 2008 that concluded this type of scraping, debridement, and levage that was done to remove the arthritis in my knee is of no value and patients reported having the same results as patients that had a “fake” surgery. Before my surgery, my only complaint was the meniscus tear and swelling. I never before had pain under my knee cap where they did the debridement. Now I feel a burning sensation in that area after any strenuous walking activity. This has gotten worse in the months since my surgery.

    I am writing this to any of you who are considering this surgery. Do some checking on your own because this may not be a choice that will improve your quality of life. If I had known this before the surgery, I would have asked him to only repair the meniscus and nothing more. I would rather take my chances than be in this situation.

    I am a 54 year old horsewoman and I am a very active person. This has changed my life and I am only beginning to make any sense of that fact.

  64. I am 77 y/o and had arthroscopy surgery almost 9 months ago. My surgeon told me I had alot of arthritis around my knee and had a torn meniscus which he took care of. Now I’m having some clicking in my knee once in a while and the back of my knee I have a bakers cyst which seems like to me, I don’t know, that it keeps me from stretching my knee. I really don’t have pain but sometimes my leg feels weak and gives out on me. How do I know if everything is ok when I don’t have pain but difficulty walking. Sometimes it seems like I walk weird, like I want to go forward fast or that left leg wants to go sideways or different from my right leg, it really seems to make my back hurt.

  65. Had surgery for a torn meniscus in March. The pain from this surgery is horrible for the first couple of weeks but it’s worth it. I was up and walking with no crutches right after surgery and never had to use them. I have no pain now and I’m glad I had the surgery.

  66. Osteochondritis dissecans, osteoarthritis, anterior ligament damage. Meniscus tear so partial removal, knee debridement. I was awake and it was not horrible at all. I’m only 35. I found the post-op pain way less than what I’d been living with the year before. Completely worth it for me to have less pain and find out what all was wrong. I have no complaints!

  67. Media Partners says

    Good for you Judy!

    I know what you mean about knowing how long it can take. I’ve been trying to recover from tennis elbow, apparently I injured it pretty badly, and it has been 8 weeks and 2 cortisone shots and I feel like it is going way too slow. PT is one step forward and 2 steps back. But compared to the pain I had when I started, I feel great. Keep up the steady pace, sounds like you’re going to have a great result. Thanks for posting a positive outcome.

  68. HERE IS A MORE POSITIVE OUTCOME!

    I am a 70 year old who had (degenerative) meniscus repair, lateral and medial and plica removal, March 8th. I do have moderate arthritis. Physical Therapy 3 days after surgery, which still continues. Needed pain meds for about two to three weeks, then tapered off. Needed crutches for less than a week. I have been making steady progress, increasing my walking (and shopping) time. It is now 5 weeks and the only issue is some discomfort at night – probably from moving in a bad way. I am doing good stretching and strengthening exercises in PT 2-3 times a week, and have about 90% range of motion now.
    It seems to me that recovery time for this varies, but can be as long as a couple of months. I wish the doctor had told me this; I would have been more patient and stop worrying something was wrong. If I compare the pain I had before surgery, the discomfort after 5 weeks is minor. I expect a good recovery.

  69. Media Partners says

    Steve,

    So glad you called your Dr. Getting your questions answered is part of the care you should expect from your doctor. PDPH is common, but it’s good to let your doctor know when you’re worried, especially before the weekend, you don’t want to worry all weekend about it. Plus, if there is something you can do to speed your recovery, you want to know what that is and get started doing it.

  70. Hello, thank you for your reply. I checked with my doctor, as you suggested, and it turns out I have PDPH (post-dural puncture headache). I’ve been advised to get plenty of rest and drink a lot of water/caffeine. It should heal itself within a week or so.

    Thanks again for your advice :o)

  71. Media Partners says

    Have you called your doctor to tell him about what’s going on with the migraine’s and to see if he thinks it is serious?

  72. I had arthroscopy surgery (with spinal injection) 3 days ago. I have had no problems with my knee, but I’ve started developing migraines. I’ve never had them before, things seem brighter than before and it hurts more when I watch TV/try to read something. Has anyone else had a similar experience and if so, what did you do to overcome it?
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Steve

  73. Barbara whyte says

    Had Arthroscopy surge have pain back of my knee. My leg swell up from long car ride and walking a lots. not ry to left knee on 1 27 2012 .

  74. SO PLEASE TELL ME WHY AFTER 6 MONTHS MY ANKLE AND LOWER LEG ARE PAINFUL????? I HAVE SO MUCH FLUID ALL THE SUDDEN ON MY RIGHT LOWER LEG AND ANKLE THAT YOU CAN PRESS YOUR FINGER INTO MY LEG AND IT LEAVES THIS REALLY NASTY GROSS LOOKING INDENTION WHERE YOUR FINGERS PRESSED DOWN FOR SEVERAL MINUTES… I HAD RIGHT KNEE SURGERY???? WHATS WRONG WITH MY LOWER LEG AND ANKLE???? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME WITH SOME ANSWERS…. everyone in my small town area tells me my surgeon is the best around but has really bad “bedside manors” and im so sick of hearing that…. i can ask him a hundered times and never get a straight answer or if do its a rude answer…. im worried about this, why isnt he worried…. i will have to drive and hour and a half to find another surgeon due to where i live… uhg… help….I

  75. Media Partners says

    Sandra, I guess if you can’t squat you won’t be reading putts like Villegas. 🙂 Are you doing heat before and ice after the exercises? Tendon injuries can take many months to heal and are quite aggravating. I’ve had golfer’s elbow and an achilles tear and I just got so exasperated with thinking it’s healed and then pain again. The bursitis may come from the rehab exercises. Ask if a cortisone shot into the bursa is something the doctor could do. I know what you mean about night pain. When I exercise too long or too hard I have “jumpy legs” all night. Good luck, let us know what Doc says. Once the Masters is over, you’ll be dying to get out there! hahaha

  76. Hi: I think the problems are related to the surgery. The pain is different from before the operation. I have less flexibility in my quad and I can see now that I will not be able to squat down lower than 90 degrees along with no running or jumping at this stage! I was doing all the exercises that were recommended but cut back because of the swelling. I could except the restrictions that I have now but the night pain is still awful. I now have bursitis on the knee cap for no known reason. Again I spent most of the night moving around in pain. I am seeing the Dr. this Thurs and demanding more investigation as to what is wrong. It has to get better the golfing season is around the corner!!!!!

  77. Media Partners says

    Are the problems related to the arthroscopy or from the problem that lead to the arthroscopy? What kind of problems? Pain? Loss of movement?

  78. 9 MONTHS LATER IM STILL HAVING TROUBLES TOO

  79. Hi. I had my meniscus repaired and after 4 months I have severe pain at night with fluid build up. I am not sleeping and am so tired of the pain. I was told by my physo to not work my leg so hard. Therefore I have stopped most activities, skiing, and leg exercises. I am so worried that I will not be able to do my regular althelic hobbies. I went back to my Dr. 2 months after the operation to complain of the pain and problems. he did n’t even look or touch my leg but told me to give it time!!!!! I don’t know what to do. I just keep waiting each day for it to feel better. Anyone else have the pain after 4 months from surgery date?

  80. I’m 17 years old and I had this surgery on December 20th 2011 and the first two days there was a bit of pain but not much. the mediaction I got didn’t really help either so I just didn’t take them anymore. I satrted walking without cruches in the fourth day but ever since I started walking I feel like my knee LOCKS and I almost fall. it either locks to the back or falls to the front and it happens frequently. I have a doctors appointment this Monday (The 16th) but I’m really concerned about this. What should I do or not do?

  81. Media Partners says

    Please come back and let us know how you did.

  82. I had the sunbird 1 injection in both knees on Monday. Today is Wednesday, and the knees are pretty sore when I climb stairs.I had some bleeding from both knees when I had the needle inserted for the injection, but the bleeding didn’t last very long.I was told that it will take about a month for me to notice any improvement with the knee pain, so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

  83. Had surgery for torn miniscus with lots of (arthritis scraped from kneecap also). Walked on it from day 1 went back to work after 6 days. Spent 1st 5 days pretty much iced and elevated. Started some therapy on my own on 4th day after bandages were removed. Rode my bike around the block after 2 weeks. Now 3 weeks out still swells some and pretty stiff when getting up after sitting but the pain I endured before surgery is gone. I too think a good surgeon is the key, and doing what you are told! For me it was definitely worth it.

  84. Media Partners says

    D.

    Thank you for sharing your drug reaction to Synvisc One, it may prevent someone else from going through the same thing. Were you taking any other med that may have caused a problem? Thanks again and good luck with getting over the nightmare! Get well soon.

  85. BEWARE SYNVISC-1. Had surgery Aug. 10th. Did PT twice a week up until Sept. 29th. Had some swelling & clicking when I went for my LAST visit on the 29th. Doc drained some fluid & injected the Synvisc-1, a lubricant. While waiting for my knee to get numb, I read the brochure on synvisc. Was advised and read that I would have swelling for 24 to 48 hours. The 29th was a Thursday. By Monday, my knee was as big as my thigh and I couldn’t bend it. The doc put me in the hospital on strong antibiotics for three days. Had steroids for 12 days. Every week since I have had fluid drained and steroid shots, very painful. Tomorrow morning I’m having the synovium lining “trimed”. In the meantime the pain is horrendous. Of course, can’t take the pain meds after midnight so it will be along night. NO WHERE in the literature does it mention these issues. It is rare, I understand, but it should still be known. The drug co. has nothing about this on their web site and when I called them they stated that my doc is doing the correct proceedures so they ARE aware that this can happen. My “minor” scope has turned major. Any one else have Synvisc Issues? I too have a fear of becoming dependent on the meds and co-pays and time off from work is draining me.

  86. can i loosen the bandages?

  87. Oh great. I’m getting this done on my left knee tomorrow. I wasn’t scared, but now I am after reading all these reviews…..hope I’m doing the right thing…!!!

  88. Hi,

    Am thinking to have an Arthroscopy at my right knee for a medial meniscus tear, but I am still considering. I can walk with some discomfort, and other than that my life is not too much affected, although I cannot do the sports I used to before, and I cannot fully bend the knee.
    I did PT but the doctor says I still have liquid in the knee, and this is not good (he recommends the operation,and I think he is a good docotor).
    Any advice?
    The other thing that I find “annoying” is that MRI can’t say much (other than showing a tear sign) and so the surgeon will only know what’s wrong exactly after scoping the knee.
    It’d be interesting to know what % gets actually worse or no better….In any case, the legend that one goes in and in 1 h goes home “almost problem free” is definitely A LEGEND, it seems: 4 weeks off work? sounds like major procedure:(

  89. How much does it if you don’t have insurance

  90. Media Partners says

    Hahaha Robert! Hope your leg doesn’t drop off. Thanks for posting so people get to hear both sides of the story.

  91. Hi….I had Arthroscopy on my left knee two days ago….I had been surfing the week before and my knee had not been playing up for over a month so I was in two minds whether to risk the op or not…2 days on I have no pain at all….I took a couple of solpadol and some ibuprofen on the first night and slept okay…i’m 43 and usually quite active and after reading all these posts feel rather lucky….for anyone thinking about the operation who is worried about all the horror stories…. I would just like to say people who have had post op problems are more likely to be searching the web for answers and there may be many many others who have had more luck and are out running marathons or washing the car….although I will change my view tomorrow if my leg drops off !!

  92. Had miniscule op 7 weeks ago and im getting bad throbbing pains in leg .seems to radiate from my groin .Its starting to efect my sleep . knee still clicks from time to time .

  93. Hi

    Had surgery 8-3-2011. R knee medial menicus tear. Started with an intra articular injection so I could be awake and watch procedure. Little over a week out feel great and minimal pain and swelling. I feel it went smoothly and feel it was a great choice. No pain meds and PT twice a week. Little stiffness but it is better every day.

  94. I’m meeting with my surgeon tomorrow , my primary care read my MRI to me and explained its probably gonna have to be scoped because I canyt live with the pain as it is which would only get worse. I have multiple tears – radial tear, horizontal tear, bucket handle tear with fragment floating. I’m nervous to do the surgery of bein in pain no matter what. It seems like 2/10 people have “good” results, all the rest are bad. I’m hoping to go back to somewhat normal after few weeks. I am already in chronic back pain degenerative discs(herniated) + spinal stenosis with vicodin +gabapentin+motrin all 3x daily. Knee has been injured 5 weeks now. Is it worth it to get surgery? How bad is pain and how long does it last?

  95. I’ve seen told today that I need a right knee arthroscopy due to osteoarthritis to buy time before probable knee replacement. I was so positive as something was being done at last after suffering pain for 5 years (I’m a 56 year old woman). But am now teriffied having read all this! Surely these are just bad examples – please tell me all will be okay?

  96. I had a right knee arthroscopy done on 8/3. Was supposed to be a “look and see” with a possible PCL reconstruction, I tore my PCL on 4/9. Doc says PCL is healing but I had damage to my knee cap. Video is just constant fluff being yanked and sucked out for 30 solid minutes. Still partial weight bearing with crutches and a knee immobilizer. I am getting tremendous pulling pain medial knee with bending. Boy, I hope it gets better!

  97. I had torn meniscus on right knee surgery done 20/5/2011 got staph infection & in hospital for 10days no physio done even 2 weeks after I was released. In total pain & lack of sleep for 2 months. I did my exercises as much as I could while taking oxycotin to no avail. Still couldn’t bend my right knee.therefore, scar tissue set in. Went back for 2nd arthroscopic on 18th July 2011. Still can,t bend knee & in constant pain worse than 1st operation. My specialist has given up on me saying “I’ll be limping forever” I wonder if life now is worth living as I was a very active person & loved my dancing & gardening. Now I can’t even bend down to pick things up or sleep

  98. Hi I can relate to all the above stories except the very fortunate 57 yr old athlete. I had a large meniscus tear w/cartlidge damage on my right knee. I had surgery 5/26/11& was adv’d my surgeon had to flip back my meniscus into place& shave cartlidge& even part of my bone. I started PT 10 days later& they got me walking again until my 3rd wk post op, my new PT made me squat my body wt on that leg. Ithen couldn’t walk again & had to have surgery on my left knee 7/8/11. It’s been 6wks since my right knee surgery& it still hurts. My advice to everyone is be careful during PT& let your PT know no means no the first time& if you tell them you can’t & they insist, suggest you get a new therapist. My left knee tear was not as bad bandages come off tomorrow. Wish me luck as I too wish you all the best& a quick& healthy recovery.

  99. Virginia says

    Nick, I read your remarks and laughed; my thought exactly…
    EVERYONE is unique. I am very optimistic I will have an improved situation with my right knee. I had A.surgery for torn medial meniscus on the 20th of May. My surgeon is very good and this makes a boatload of difference. I am an active 57 year old woman.

    I am doing quite well. I never needed pain medicine after leaving the outpatient surgery center – where I was for only about 3 hours. I was the most ill from the general anesthetic.

    I was walking without crutches on day 3 post surgery and driving my standard transmission vehicle after a week. Stitches on the three incisions came out on day 6. I wore surgical anti embolism stockings for over a week on the right leg and 6 days on both. Now on day 11-12 I am doing normal daily movement quite well, plus stretching, and trying an indoor exercise bike – icing afterward. I hope to continue to ease into outdoor cycling in a couple weeks and gentle hiking/walking activities.

  100. I am getting arthroscopic surgery done next week for my torn ACL. Super scared, but I’m getting general anesthesia. does anyone know how long it will take for the anesthesia to wear off completely?
    I also need to do a singing performance at school 2 days after the surgery. is this possible?

  101. I had arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus 4 days ago. I had been suffering for over a year and a half with this.I am removing the bandages today but fear that i have torn a stitch , as it has bled thru all the bandages. My knee is still in pain and it throbs almost continually. I get cramping around the kneecap and its cracking and clicking lke never before. The surgeon tells me 4 weeks to go back to work but I cannot see that happening anytime soon. I bought a cane to assist with the weight bearing as i was advised that crutches would just be more of a pain to use. Not sure where this is going….and I still have the right knee yet to be done….

  102. Holy crap, didn’t this surgery actually help anyone? I’m thinking about going through with arthroscopy, but all these comments make it sound like the end of the world!

  103. I had arthoscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in the left knee on April 7, 2011. The first night was difficult, I didn’t take the vicodin at the first twinge of pain so it was hard to sleep. finally took the pills after suffering for many hours (don’t wnat to become addicted) and it didn’t help so I had to take two more before the pain was under control. I iced my knee for the next few days and was able to limp around the apartment. however i wasn’t able to drive becasue I couldn’t bend my knee. enough to get in the car. I was finally able to drive after 10 days. Started physical therapy on day 10 things were going well but lately my ankles and lower calf is hurting, the outside of my knee hurts as well, i get sharp shooting pains in my knee and throbbing pain inmy calf. My right knee also has a tear and the pain is intese there becaue i’ve been putting the majority of my weight on it. I elevate my knee at night but still have trouble sleeping sometimes. Thanks to whoever recommended icing the knee after physical therapy. I’ll start doing that, hopefully it will help, It’s been 35 days since I worked. I was hoping I would heal faster than i have. I’ll see the doctor next week to discuss surgery on the other knee.

  104. David, I had the surgery for a Lateral Release, and chondromalasia. They found a small meniscus tear. The knee cap pulling to the outside of the leg, is aweful, I have it in both knees. In my right knee, I had the Lateral Release done to help the pulling on my right knee. Before the surgery on my right knee, I had been to Physical Therapy for 3 months, and had pain on and off for 2 years. It was a good last resort. Since the surgery I have had a rough few weeks. it is pushing 6.5 weeks. I have the same issue in the left leg, I found that Taping the knee helped a lot! The tape help the knee cap in the correct alignment. It just stinks when it is not taped. The Physical Therapists should help with some exercises to stretch the IT band. It helps. 🙂 Good luck!
    K

  105. I think it depends on the activity level you were at to begin with. If you got home and elevated your leg and kept it iced for the first 2-3 days you shouldn’t have any problems. I had mine done and within the week we drove across the United States for a month. No problems. But, I kept walking and doing knee exercises. My husband age 66 is having another one done on the 19th and says he is going back to work on Friday. We shall see.

  106. 3/31/11 Had knee arthroscopy for medial and lateral meniscus tear. Throbbing pain the first night even after taking Vicodin and Motrin. Felt better the next day. Pain was just a discomfort with one Vicodin every 4 hrs. and Motin 800mg every 8 hrs. Up and about for short periods the second day. Fourth day only taking Motrin twice daily and starting some light knee excerises. Day seven walking with slight limp but lots of clicking going on inside knee area. Thinking about taking Physical Therapy. Taking only Motrin 800ng once a day.

  107. Media Partners says

    If your leg is that warm, it sounds like you have a fever. Maybe you have an infection in the joint. Take your temperature and let your doctor know if you have a fever.

  108. I had meniscus tear repair on both sides and a “polishing” of the bottom of my femur bone on Nov 23, 2010. Easy first two days. The third day, Thanksgiving day, i could put little weight on it and the pain was out of control. By the post op visit on 11/29/10, there was still significant swelling and bruising from my hip to my toes in patches some the size of my hand. NOT PRETTY. I have great pain when I begin to walk after having my leg up and iced as the fluid tries to gravity travel down my leg and runs into the swollen lower leg. It takes about 45 seconds to one minute before the pain is bearable enough to limp. Surgery leg is about 4 degrees warmer than other leg. ??? Anyone have any advice?

  109. Had meniscus surgery on Sept 24. All went well and was walking right after operation. Now 3 weeks later, have a tightness on outside of knee. My PT says possible cause is something to do with a tight
    Iliotibial Band. Can’t sleep past 3am. Going to do more PT. Anyone have similar experience?

    Dave

  110. I had this surgery Tuesday Sept 28,2010. After surgery was sore and didn’t sleep much first night. But I think that me being up and down kept it from stiffness. The followering day was great.Didn’t need crutches. Better everyday. Then on Friday I had been waliking and everything healing great. I had Therapy and then went home. My knee started bleeding. Elavated leg and it stopped. Knee looked as if bleed inside.Dark and bruised. Ibruise cleared up by the followerin wednesday.
    Over weekend knee and down front leg it hurt. Little sharp pains At night I have throbbing pain on left side of right knee. Loratab has helped me sleep.
    Doctor says everything is normal and healing fine. He will see me again in 4 weeks. This is the 9th of the followering month. I still have swelling that now is alway to my ankle. Nurse says to keep leg elavated. I have pain when walking and feelig that something is pulling in same ares. Some heat and bruising in knee area.
    I’m hoping that this heals soon. I would’ve liked to go back to work asap. I’m worried about how long. plus hoping that i havent harmed it in any way.

    Thanks
    Phyllis

  111. Phil Foxall says

    Found very useful but after two weeks of my rtroscopy and partial meniscal surgery I am still in pain and find it hard to do any excercises etc. I have also been advised to use crutches for 6-8 weeks. Tis is also awkward as I have pain in my lumbar region. I am 57 yrs of age.
    Tramadol are not effective, the only medication that helped was morphine, but they only gave me a very small bottle.

    Thanks and Regards
    Phil

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