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Offline audrey64

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confirmed meniscus tear
« on: July 10, 2011, 04:32:46 PM »
hi new to this board so hope im on the right forum,here goes....walking in deep snow in the canadian rockies and my left leg went down deep while my right stayed put,i then lost balance and fell forward,the two weeks after were agony,especialy when swinging my leg to get out of bed.as soon as i got home i went to my g.p who refered me for an ultrasound scan,i got a letter back from the hospital saying the doctor thought an m.r.i more benificial,after a 5 week wait i had the mri,two week wait for result and my gp called me in and said i had a meniscal tear and needed to see a musckaskelatal specialist,i rang to make the appointment and now face another 5 week wait to see him,im wondering what the treatment will be after a finally see him?i can walk ok,but when i finaly rest for the day my knee swells,if i twist my leg slightly inward it hurts,the skin over my knee feels way to tight(if this makes sense)when i kneel i get stuck especialy getting out the bath.its the first injury iv ever had ,will it ever get back to normal?ten weeks seems an awful long time to still be suffering with it..any help and comments much appreciated

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Re: confirmed meniscus tear
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2011, 01:52:19 AM »
I hate to break it to you but a meniscus tear basically won't heal unless forced to. 10 weeks is a very SMALL amount of time for an avg knee injury, try 6- 18 months as more realistic. I think you'll find most people around here measure recovery in terms of years.
I've had 2 tears, failed surgery, a dislocation and tons of PT and the latest is PRP. 33 years of knee pain so far.
'77- Rt knee menicus tear
'90 -2nd menscus tear
'91 -failed arthroscopy/partial menisectomy
patella dislocation 10/ 2010
Dx = grade 4 chondromalacia + synovitis + Meniscus tear + lax strained medial ligaments
Fall down the stairs 7/20/11 - mcl sprain + 2 meniscus tears

Offline Suejs14

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Re: confirmed meniscus tear
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2011, 03:23:24 AM »
On a more positive note, I had a bucket handle tear which was trimmed arthroscopically, had two months of PT where I was religious about exercises and was back playing competitive golf (amateur) within two months - riding in a cart w/ice bags - but doing ok.  Everyone's injury has its own personality and healing schedule.  Sorry you have such extraordinary waits between referrals.  Good luck - sending good vibes your way.
Sue JS
4/04 R knee partial meniscectomy
4/24/11 L patella comminuted fx
4/27 ORIF (2 of @ 6 pieces pin & wire together)
5/10 Staples out
6/7 from full leg immobilizer to brace set at 70 degrees flex
6/16 begin PT with 45 degrees ROM
7/14 75 ROM
7/21 81 ROM
8/2  102 ROM
11/30 127 ROM

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Re: confirmed meniscus tear
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2011, 03:55:38 PM »
thanks for the replys,i rang the hospital and asked if i could go private as a result i was given an earlier appointment,i go next week so fingers crossed i might get sorted

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Re: confirmed meniscus tear
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2011, 04:09:30 PM »
Great news. In the interim keeping your keg elevated when possible and using ice bags after activity (even just walking for a while) will ease the swelling.  Tylenol helps if you are in much discomfort.  Good luck, and hoping your road to recovery is short and simple.

The most important advice is to follow your doctor's and physical therapists recommendations to a fault.
4/04 R knee partial meniscectomy
4/24/11 L patella comminuted fx
4/27 ORIF (2 of @ 6 pieces pin & wire together)
5/10 Staples out
6/7 from full leg immobilizer to brace set at 70 degrees flex
6/16 begin PT with 45 degrees ROM
7/14 75 ROM
7/21 81 ROM
8/2  102 ROM
11/30 127 ROM

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Re: confirmed meniscus tear
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2011, 10:56:25 PM »
hi went to the hospital yesterday to see specialist physio who told me i was being refered to oruhopedic surgeon as id "done a good job of it "i have 4 seperate tears in my knee,one being a 7mm tear in the ;ateral meniscus...she didnt really explain if this was bad or what would happen next do again i sit and wait....any one know the procedure?gratefull for any info....thanks

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Re: confirmed meniscus tear
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2011, 11:40:56 PM »
I had a lateral meniscus tear trimmed in Feb 2010 (5 months after injury, which also bruised bone and damaged the articular cartilage on the thigh bone).  Small tear on MRI so opted initially for physio, but the symptoms got worse (pain, swelling, locked knee, buckling, grinding).

Keyhole operation, in and out of hospital in around 8 hours, crutches on and off for 3 weeks, no driving or work for 3 weeks  - however, this does seem to vary a LOT from surgeon to surgeon, more likely for repair than tidy up, mine couldn't be fixed (depends on location and size of tear, no idea if 7mm is small or large to be honest and state of meniscus - if you are under 40, repair more an option than if over 40).  A colleague of mine also had a mensicus trim, no crutches and back at work after a few days!  I did also have some cartilage tidied up on my patella at that time too

Where in the world do you live - I expect a meniscus op being elective may involve a fair old wait if reliant on public health system rather than private.

There is lots of good info in the meniscus section in the information hub http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEnotes/node/2259

and the meniscus board

Good luck :)
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Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: confirmed meniscus tear
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2011, 09:44:21 PM »
thanks for the reply,im 47 and live in north east england...the physio said 7mm was a pretty good tear..but i dont have a clue.iv found this forum more helpfull than the health service...i can walk pretty ok,but when i sit my knee swells,gets hot,locks ,clicks,the pain seem to be more round the back .she didnt even offer me physio as an option she said 4 tears will need surgery.. :'(

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Re: confirmed meniscus tear
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2011, 09:56:12 PM »
Although I have not recovered fully from my knee ails, I have to say that my menisectomy (10-15%) was a success - I can now straighten properly, don't limp, have only very occasional buckling, knee is far less swollen too.  My OS said that the pathology/symptoms associated with meniscus tears are relatively straightforward to resolve.  Yes, you may accelerate any arthritic process by removing that bit of shock absorber and some do continue to have issues (often if they have had lots of tissue removed it seems), but if you are in pain, unable to walk, in my opinion it is the most sensible course of action.

I have to say that the post op pain wasn't too bad (easily managed with painkillers and only for a few days), and after week one I didn't use the crutches around the house, only if out and about more or less. 

Yes, I didn't drive for the 3 weeks, but I think that was more caution on the part of the OS and I was driving a manual car then (after my second scope, I drove after a few days, could have been sooner but for the snow)!  And I was glad to have 3 weeks off work  ;D

Good luck, hope you don't have to wait too soon.  Harass the hospital / secretary for a cancellation if you can  :)
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up















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