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Offline Ballu

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Meniscus Tear
« on: June 26, 2006, 08:20:28 AM »
hi,
Recently i had got my MRI done for Right Knee, after having Knee Pain for About a Month
the report says that i am having "Oblique tear on the inferior Surface of the Body of Medial Meniscus
Extending to Posterior horn". My otho says that i need a Surgery,
is there a way to prevent the Surgery.
and what are the chances that after Surgery i will be back to Normal and be able to play all the Sports
like prevoiusly.
If Any previous cases are there then pls Share it with me

Bye
 

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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2006, 01:03:33 PM »
I would guess that you need surgery to prevent bigger damages in your knee.
Was he/she talking about meniscectomy or repair ?
If the tear is in a area with good bloodsupply you can have a repair and save a bigger portion of meniscus.
Most surgeries goes well and you get back to normal again.
Feel free ask questions and I will try answer them.
Under the meniscus section you can read more about others going through the same.
Best of luck.

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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2006, 09:16:32 PM »
Hi Ballu
It's difficult to guaruntee a result from any surgery but most people do fine after arthroscopy. I had a quite a large part of my lateral meniscus removed (about 40%) last year and if it wasn't for the discovery of a ruptured cruciate I feel I would have been back to normal by now. Apart from some instability due to the missing cruciate I had no issues and could walk pain free once I got all the muscle back (it was a long time between injury and diagnosis). Have a look at the meniscus section on this board to see more about tears.
18/06/05 Injured trampolining
Fixed Flexion 20-90 deg until...
01/09/05 lateral meniscectomy (40%)
09/06/06 Patella tendon aclr
09/09/06 Back on the tramp (carefully)
10 years on and still going strong
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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2006, 08:08:16 AM »
Hi,
Thanks for the response
I want to know weather the Tear in my case is in  part of Meniscus  were blood Supply is Present or otherwise
and if there is blood supply is there a chance that my giving Rest and Execise the Tear be healed
in my case i am not having lot of pain it is only that if i try to some particular motoins that i feel some pain.
after surgery how much time normlly it takes to come back to normal activities and how much for starting Sporting activities.
How much are the chance of developing some othercomplications after the surgery

Bye
Take Care


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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2006, 06:06:15 PM »
From the report findings you stated, it seems that you have a rather large tear on the underside of the medial meniscus and it extends all the way to the back part of the meniscus.

This will not heal on it's own. If you leave it alone, you are at significant risk for further injury, such as articular cartilage damage. The tear could also flap up and cause your knee to lock, which is excrutiatingly painful.

Your doctor can list the possible complications and how often they occur.

Your doctor can also tell you how long he thinks your recovery time will be. There are average recovery times, but he'll be able to give you a better idea of your time based on the particulars of your case. The average recovery times are about 2-4 weeks for work (depending on the type of job you do, it could be a lot longer) and daily activities. Getting back to sports could be 6-12 weeks, depending on the sport and what was done in surgery.

Again, those are average times and could vary wildly from person to person.

The Meniscus board (located in the Specialist's Office section) has a lot of case stories on it. You'll find lots of information there.

Your doctor should be your primary source of information... he/she will be able to tailor the information for your particular case.

Good luck!

Meg

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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2006, 06:38:02 PM »
I had a similar diagnosis. You might want to do some rehab and wait to see how your knee responds in 2-3 months. Start glucosamine/chondroiten supplements today!

Depending upon your activity level, you may need surgery if symptoms persist. Luckily, surgery seems to be successful in most cases.

here's a good link: http://steadman-hawkins.com/meniscus/overview.asp
torn RK ACL March 2001, surgery Aug. 14 2006, after 4 knee sprains since Oct. '05.  Allograft, ~40% medial meniscus removed, some wear in the trochlear groove. Everything else looks good.

Post-op diary: http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=29749.

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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2006, 08:47:20 PM »
Hey!!

I had a really big part mf my medial meniscus removed in 2000 (something like 80%) and I went back to dancing professionally with no problem!Its as if I never had the problem!!!The only thing I was told last year is that if you end up removing a lot its easyer to tear the remaining.....If that makes sense...

But you shouldn't have any problems to return to sports!!!

Good luck!

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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2006, 03:25:15 AM »
Just posted (see karatemom's post about Eleven months....) - I wish, in hind sight, that my OS had done the removal rather than the repair.  I went from walking 50-55 miles a week to not being able to walk a mile a day without pain.... Find the best surgeon you can who specializes in knees!!!!!! 

I tried Rehab for a year before surgery too... it didn't help.

Good luck!

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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2006, 03:50:28 AM »
I had about 15% of my meniscus removed 9 months ago.  The knee is much improved, but not perfect.  I can't run as much as I once could, but I can run enough.  I can play tennis too, several times a week.  It feels tight sometimes, but no pain and no drugs.

In answer to your question about returning to sports, I guess my experience shows that a minor tear can be dealt with and you can return to sports.  I understand the Conventional Wisdom is that athletes can resume their sport in 4-6 weeks or 6-8 weeks.  I don't know who came up with those estimates, but I think they are ridiculously optimistic.  At 7 weeks, I resumed tennis but I couldn't, like, *do* anything but stand there and swing.  It was many months before I was comfortable with the footwork and could tolerate a couple of hours of it.  It also takes a while to build your muscle strength and confidence in the knee.

So if you have the surgery, assume you'll be out a good long while, but that you'll eventually be back.

Cindy
partial meniscectomy and plica ressection -- Sept. 05
chondromalacia patella -- Jan. 05

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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2006, 04:52:52 AM »
Hi
My OS Intially suggested me surgery however when i showed by displeasure about it he gave me 6 week time with
Exercise and rest,right now  2 weeks r over and i am feeling a bit better, now the pain is not there always.Only some motions of my Knee r causes pain, that too a little bit.I am hoping before finishing 6 weeks deadline i will be ok.
Is waiting for 6 week is ok and r the signs +ve, after 6 week do i need another MRI to confirm the status of Tear
Bye
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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2006, 03:28:06 PM »
another MRI for a meniscus tear may not be helpful.

Give yourself 2-3 months for symptoms to improve.

If there is persistent pain or locking you may need surgery to improve the situation. 
torn RK ACL March 2001, surgery Aug. 14 2006, after 4 knee sprains since Oct. '05.  Allograft, ~40% medial meniscus removed, some wear in the trochlear groove. Everything else looks good.

Post-op diary: http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=29749.

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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2006, 11:05:02 AM »
Hi jb-knee-geek
Curious to know what happened in u'r case as u told that u also had the same diagnosis
did u managed to avoid Surgery or not and what is u'r activitiy level now?

I am doing the same as u suggested , waiting for couple of month with few exercises(as Told By OS) and PhysioTheraphy(3 Weeks)
is walking ok during this time or should be avoided as much as possible.

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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2006, 02:48:43 PM »
hey  ballu, yes I had similar diagnosis, plus I have a torn ACL. My meniscus tear was probably a result of the unstable ACL.

I returned to all daily activites with no problems. I cannot run very well, nor can I play any pivot sports.

I can ride a bike, swim and workout in the gym, light hikes too. Some soreness after day-to-day activities.

ACL, meniscus surgery set 8/14. Excited and scared    :-\

I have an excellent surgeon and PT. Suggest that as a start.
torn RK ACL March 2001, surgery Aug. 14 2006, after 4 knee sprains since Oct. '05.  Allograft, ~40% medial meniscus removed, some wear in the trochlear groove. Everything else looks good.

Post-op diary: http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=29749.

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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2006, 09:10:38 AM »
Hi jb-knee-geek
sorry but i am not very clear with u'r reply, I wanted to know that did u underwent surgery or not??
if u didn't had surgery how did u managed to avoid it and if u had surgery then why u can't play all
the sports because i am being told  by my OS that after surgery u will be baclk to normal in 2-3 Months and can
play all the sprots like earlier.

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Re: Meniscus Tear
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2006, 03:32:57 PM »
my ACL/meniscus surgery is set for August 14, 2006.

I tore my meniscus in Oct. 2005. I have managed to avoid surgery, so far, because my meniscus is not "catching" or "locking". I have some soreness after strenuous activities. Not sure what this is from, perhpas my torn meniscus is rubbing against my femur, not good.....

I am doing as much leg strengthening as "pain will allow", which consists of gym work, cycling, and light hikes.

If your OS says all will be well after surgery, and you have confidence in him, then you should be fine. I've been told the same but, I will be changing my activities to suit my new knee post-op......
torn RK ACL March 2001, surgery Aug. 14 2006, after 4 knee sprains since Oct. '05.  Allograft, ~40% medial meniscus removed, some wear in the trochlear groove. Everything else looks good.

Post-op diary: http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=29749.















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