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Offline nomparal

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meniscus or plica
« on: August 15, 2010, 05:45:43 PM »
Hi board,
I hope I will get some answers to my question
Can anyone tell me witch is worse to get over a meniscus removal or plica?,
As I are now three months post op and still having problems?

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Re: meniscus or plica
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2010, 05:57:24 PM »
Most people who have meniscal tears get back to their sport within a couple of months after surgery and ones who ahve plica removed still continue to have problems and often need another scope to get the scar tissue out.  I think if plica removal goes as wella s the doctors promise then that would be the easier to recover from since the meniscus is weightbearing an meniscal tears, thoug fixed there and then leave a weakenned meniscus that is more prone to arhtritis in the future..  You can live with plicas as long as they are not causing maltracking, which will eventually cause arhtritis.
Feb 08 Inurred right knee
18 months of physio, knee tracking but knee still painful
Aug 09 Scope - Small tear in acl, fragment found in postereo-lateral compartment, suprapatella and lateral plica and small defect in mfc.
May 10 Right knee feeling better but left knee causing trouble as a result o

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Re: meniscus or plica
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2010, 06:46:18 PM »
KG is only a small representative sample so take it with a grain of salt. Perhaps most people here (only a few) have issues with plica removal but that need be the case in general. People who have functioning knees following surgery in general arent hanging out on a forum, they are out enjoying their knees.

Plica removal should be no worse than meniscus surgery. I had plica removal and returned to sport in 6 weeks no problem with no long lasting issues.

Doctor's protocol plays a large role in this also.
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Mar '07 - plica excision
Oct '09 - femoral + tibial derotational osteotomy & TTT
Aug '10 - hardware removal
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Re: meniscus or plica
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2010, 09:07:53 PM »
Hi guys, and thanks for your replies
The reason I asked my question is my knee seems to come and go
Some days its weak with hardly any pain others days Iíve got pain all around it
With pops and crack coming from the back of it
 Now I have pain where my meniscus was removed.
I havenít seen a doctor, surgeon or phisio for six week so canít get any answers
From them. by the way i;m 56 and hung up my football boots some time ago
i just want to walk normal again
                                Thanks again nomparal

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Re: meniscus or plica
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2010, 09:25:06 PM »
I've had torn cartilage repair which went perfectly.

Then five years later I had plica removal in the same knee which has gone horribly.
Deeply regret having knee surgery...hoping it can be fixed.

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Re: meniscus or plica
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2010, 04:10:19 PM »
Hi There,

I had my medial plica removed in November 2009 and since the surgery have had nothing but problems and my knee feels worse post op then it did pre op. As kscope09 pointed out plica removal can cause a large amount of scar tissue that may need a 2nd scope to remove it. I have scar tissue in my right knee and will find out on 24th August if I will need a 2nd scope to remove the scar tissue.

May well be scar tissue where you had your meniscus removed thats causing you the pain as I get pain on the medial side of my knee where my plica was removed. A ultrasound scan should pick up scar tissue that I had done a few weeks ago where scar tissue was spotted straight away.

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16/01/18 Anterior interval release, distal patella excision, lateral meniscal repair
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Re: meniscus or plica
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2010, 04:56:04 PM »
Hi, Clarkey
Thanks for responding to my cry for help, Iím just back from another wasted
Visit to the phyiso am I the only person in world that goes for phyiso, twice now,
Given a sheet of A4 with exercises on it then told to go home and do them and join a gym, in out ten minutes flat the only difference this time he asked if my knee still had fluid in it I told Him it was still twice the size it was.
 He said my knee will never get better as long as the fluid is there but as it now three months it might never go away.
He also said that when I see my surgeon in nine days he might be happy with the way I am or he might drain it but he thinks it will just come back and that Iím unlucky
Because if the fluid was not there I would be fine now.
Surely post op fluid must be managed some how.
Sorry about the rant but Iím really low. if anyone has any info on post op fluid i would love to her from them.

 Nomparal

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Re: meniscus or plica
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2010, 09:12:38 PM »
I had an ACL reconstruction in November of 09 and I recovered slowly from that. But this past June I had my medial Plica removed and it made my knee feel awesome until I started PT and now it feels kinda worse. I haven't had a meniscus removed but I think removing my plica was the dumbest thing.
Dec 20 2011 Cortisone Injection R Knee
May 11 2011 Plica Excision/Scar Tissue Removal R knee
Oct 10 2010 Sprain the the ACL graft & Bad Bone bruise to femur and Tibia R knee
June 11 2010 Plica Excision/Scar Tissue Removal R Knee
Nov 11 2009 ACL Reconstruction (hamstring autograft)
R Knee

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Re: meniscus or plica
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2010, 05:40:55 PM »
Hi soccer 15 and board,
Soccer I would be interested in hearing how your op affected you.
I went out last night for a short walk about a mile and a half but for the first time I left off my tube bandage so had no support, now my knee / leg is sore as hell have you soccer or anyone else had this problem? I would love to hear from you.

 Thanks again nomparal















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