The WAITING ROOM => GENERAL KNEE QUESTIONS and comments (good for new threads) => Topic started by: snowkat on March 08, 2013, 10:49:38 AM

Title: Facing Surgery- ACL graft and meniscotomy - Worried
Post by: snowkat on March 08, 2013, 10:49:38 AM
I am facing surgery near the end of the month. It is a old injury. My ACL was ruptured and I have a large bucket handle tear on my medial meniscus. The meniscus flipped and found a new home in the intercondylar notch. I have been searching for others who have gone through similar surgeries. Advice? I am scared of the "what if the surgery makes things worse?!?!" I was sad to learn the state of my meniscus. I wish my meniscus could be fixed, but it sounds like they will just remove it as it has been most likely been crumpled up for awhile. I guess I shouldnt morn for something that is not doing anything anymore. I am 37 and fear that not having surgery would be the wrong decision as well. Some of the sports I do snowboarding, xross country skiing...have its limits with my knee the way it is. After longer bike rides pain starts in. Advice?
Title: Re: Facing Surgery- ACL graft and meniscotomy - Worried
Post by: 2020 on March 11, 2013, 02:55:56 PM
You are more likely to develop arthritis in the knee if you don't have repair.  Some surgeons may have the ability to remove the meniscus and replace it with artificial/grafted tissue.  It's a personal decision though.  I had ACL recon, medial meniscus suture repair of a complex tear, and partial lateral meniscetomy for  a simple tear.  It's doing really well.  I've been able to go back to long distance running and cutting sports.  It still swells occasionally when I overdo it, but I'm glad I had the surgery.