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Offline skilegs

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How soon can I ski again
« on: October 12, 2003, 05:51:37 PM »
Am very fit 59 year old and having a partial (I think) menisectomy this week.   Ski instructing is my winter job and need to start work mid December.   Any comments very welcome.

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Re: How soon can I ski again
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2003, 11:13:36 PM »
If you're in good shape and don't have any arthritis in the knee, there's no reason to think you shouldn't make a full recovery.

It's been my observation (unscientific) that people with a straight-forward menisectomy (removal of torn meniscus) heal fairly rapidly.  My brother never took more than 5 weeks to full activity.  One time it was a single week.

I had surgery in Vail last Christmas, and my doctor also did a scope to remove torn cartilage on Bode Miller around that time.  Miller was back skiing in a race a week later--he didn't win, because he had to loosen his bindings to protect the knee and his ski came off.  But it goes to show you that some people bounce right back.

I would think you should talk to your doctor about recovery times, but I know many people who instantly felt better to have the troublesome bit of torn cartilage taken out.

Good luck.

« Last Edit: October 13, 2003, 09:27:06 AM by hmaxwell »
Scope #1: LR, part. menisectomy w/cyst, chondroplasty
#2-#5: Lysis of adhesions/scar tissue, AIR, patellar tendon debridement, infections, MUA, insufflation
#6: IT band release / Z-Plasty, synovectomy, LOA/AIR, chondroplasty
2006 Arthrofibrosis, patella baja

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Re: How soon can I ski again
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2003, 06:46:32 AM »
I am an ATC at a small university.  We are typically able to return football players to competition within 3-4 weeks post-op.  The key is early rehab and keeping up with the exercises.  I would suggest finding an athletic trainer with skiiing experiance for rehab.  They should be able to specifically design your program so you can return quickly and in top form.
1999 LR, 2002 ACL/PLC recon, reversal of LR, 2004 ACL revision, 2006 Car accident torn PCL and small fractures resulting in bone chips in my knee.  Torn MCL 3 times.  Wicked screws under IT band and Pes Anserine.  June 2008-Hip Arthroscopy.