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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.

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« 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
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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.


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