I am a 56yr old male, who exercises (weights and treadmill/stair climber) 3 times/wk. My hobby is competitive clay target shotgun shooting. This involves some slight crouched knee rotation. At a shoot two years ago I developed moderate pain(to point of limping slightly) on the left side of the kneecap on my right knee. Subsequently it subsided before I got an OS and an MRI. The MRI showed slight fraying of the medial meniscus. My OS suggested orthroscopic surgery to repair. Since it was not hurting, I decided against it at that time, he agreed. In the two years since, I have had two cases of minor pain that resolved with anti-inflamatories within a couple of days.
The OS had given me the downside of worst case at that time two years ago.... if I did not get it cleaned up, that I might need a total knee replacement. But since I am extremely active and don't really have any pain, is this a realistic scenario? Am I rolling the dice big time? or does the "if it don't hurt, don't fix it" rule apply here.
I have had orthroscopic surgery on my shoulder for subacrimonal decompression and it was worth it, but I was in constant low level pain from the inflammation, and the recovery was NOT as trivial as the OS had led me to beleive. I had muscle scarring that needed constant stretching out for three months instead of the projected one month to complete recovery. Enough to make me no want to do the knee unless I am really in jeopardy of degeneration.