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Title: Partial Meniscectomy 3 weeks ago now severe pain :(
Post by: cacoyle on January 01, 2010, 01:27:31 PM
Hi guys - i had a partial medial meniscectomy 3 weeks ago recovery was going fine, managed to dicth the crutches at circa 2 weeks and now just yesterday i experienced a slight click or pop feeling in the knee - since this i have had a lot of pain in the knee, there is no fluid visible, just slight puffiness surrounding the wound sights.

I am really worried about this pain as ive already had a failed menical repair on this same knee last year can someone shed some light on this please!! I plan on going back on the crutches for a few days to see if it settles but im not overly hopeful :-\

thanks
Title: Re: Partial Meniscectomy 3 weeks ago now severe pain :(
Post by: sucks2Bme on November 26, 2010, 11:30:44 PM
cacoyle - What did you find out on your knee pain and did the pain ever go away? I am three weeks-three days post op for a partial meniscectomy (medial). After two weeks I was walking two miles every other day and feeling great!. Now I can't walk 20 feet without bone on bone pain in the same are where the trimming took place. My recovery has been misleading and frustrating........I am curious how you (or anyone else going through this) got through this.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Partial Meniscectomy 3 weeks ago now severe pain :(
Post by: likewoa2007 on November 27, 2010, 05:39:54 PM
Any one one of you have quad atrophy?  Or does your quadricep look good.  If you have a nocticable change in your quadricep area between the good leg and bad leg that maybe that could be your reasoning??
A weak quad might not be stablizing your knee from surgery
Thanks
Title: Re: Partial Meniscectomy 3 weeks ago now severe pain :(
Post by: sucks2Bme on November 28, 2010, 02:56:14 AM
Thank you for your insight. My quad on my weak leg is a bit smaller, but not much. However you may be right, it may not be strong enough yet to stabilize my knee. I go to the doc on Moday to make sure I didn't reinjure myself pushing to hard to early.

Title: Re: Partial Meniscectomy 3 weeks ago now severe pain :(
Post by: Rknees4 on November 28, 2010, 05:07:22 AM
Sucks2Bme,
Sorry you are in pain again.
Hope you get it sorted out soon.
Take Care,
Rknees4
Title: Re: Partial Meniscectomy 3 weeks ago now severe pain :(
Post by: sucks2Bme on November 30, 2010, 02:40:22 AM
Thanks Rnees4. I went to the doc today and other than a little swelling in the port holes, all is well. Pain around the front of the knee (near/around port holes) is normal and "should" go away in a few weeks. The key is exercise in moderation until ALL swelling goes away.

 
Title: Re: Partial Meniscectomy 3 weeks ago now severe pain :(
Post by: Rknees4 on November 30, 2010, 02:56:09 AM
Sucks2Bme.
Glad to hear all is well.
Hang in there.
Rknees4
Title: Re: Partial Meniscectomy 3 weeks ago now severe pain :(
Post by: cacoyle on June 02, 2011, 12:46:35 PM
Hi again everyone

just thought id revisit this forum to repay the knowledge i've gained from it. As you've seen above from my original post, i was in a lot of pain following my second op (partial medial meniscectomy) - it actually lasted for about 4-5 months post op with pain walking, standing etc and excruciating bone pain when even attempting to run.

A lot has changed for me since then, i have resumed full athletics training (2-3days per week sprinting sessions) and can get around with little issues (hopefully this doesnt jinx me!). I still get the odd niggle in the knee, i actually have it right now as i type but it'll be fine in a while.

As chance would have it 4-5 months post op i bumped into a friend who is now a qualified physio, he said he'd have a look at my knee and advised me to strengthen my quads and hamstrings - this was the singlemost important piece of advice i received! i tried to stay away from gym equipment and use my body weight for a variety of no impact exercises - such as standing a few feet from a chair, placing your non-op leg behind you on the chair, bending down and up on the op knee.  Now i wont lie, at the start this was pretty painful but i persevered and gradually everything started to fell better. I was starting to protect the knee less when walking (which actually makes things worse ironically!), and i started doing some light circuit training.

3 months on from that again and my fitness has returned and i am doing sprinting training :)

notes that are also important, my medial meniscectomy left me moderately over pronate so i needed othodics to correct the issue and also buying the correct footwear for overpronators has been a revelation

Hopefully this will help someone out as well.

I am was due for another operation on the knee now but i may postpone this as this was in response to the condition before my strengthening. The fact i still get some pain now and again does make me wonder but i wouldn't want to go back and have to do this all over again - i'm 28 now so if i get another 5-10 years like this before talk of a knee replacement crops up i'll be happy.

I also thought about discussing the possibility of of meniscal transplant with my surgeon so i'll report back with news on that front.

Good luck!