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Can't Put Weight On Straight Leg Post Medial Meniscectomy
« on: July 09, 2012, 12:43:40 PM »
I had a Medial Meniscectomy four weeks ago, I also had a Patellectomy over twenty four years ago. Prior to surgery I had an unstable knee which constantly give way, the operation I had was suppose to go some way into alleviating this problem. However late last night my knee give way again, and now today I can't put any weigh on my knee whilst straight, due to excruciating pain, it feels as though two bones are grinding against one another. Could I have torn whats left of my Meniscal, and what would be the best way forward from here on.

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Re: Can't Put Weight On Straight Leg Post Medial Meniscectomy
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2012, 01:48:13 AM »
RICE it for now and make sure you bring this up with your OS in your follow up appt, do your isometric quad excercises for the time being though

best of luck, Tony
09/30/07 Diagnosed with partial ACL tear (left knee)
02/03/10 American Football injury, Diagnosed with ACL & MCL complete tear (right knee)
(R)lateral meniscotomy 08/11/10
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(L) MCL & Medial Meniscus tear 07/12
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Re: Can't Put Weight On Straight Leg Post Medial Meniscectomy
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2012, 09:56:34 PM »
A quick update on things, this week I started with a fever of over 40c and  my knee even more swollen. I attended A+E and had my knee drained and sent off for analysis  along with my bloods. Luckily they came back negative and looks like the fever was a viral one.

My knee temporarily felt a lot better after being drained with an increase in my ROM, though sadly I still couldn't do straight leg raises or straighten my leg from a bent position. Today the swelling is back with a vengeance, and I still have excruciating pain when I try to fully weight bare with my leg extended straight. Some good news, whilst I was at A+E one of the consultants asked if I would like too see one of their top guys for a second opinion, as he wasn't happy with how my knee was progressing. I've got my second opinion appointment through the post today, so fingers crossed until then.  :)
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Re: Can't Put Weight On Straight Leg Post Medial Meniscectomy
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2012, 11:59:51 AM »
Another update, saw the second opinion consultant yesterday as per usual with the NHS the consultant was not there so saw the Registrar. He has arranged for an MRI scan later this month, he feels there may be a tear somewhere as my knee is locked. He has promised me that I will be seeing the right consultant next time, I discussed what could be done for the instability of my knee such as Troclear resurfacing, he didn't seem to know much about this procedure, but I will discuss this next time with the right guy, hopefully.

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Re: Can't Put Weight On Straight Leg Post Medial Meniscectomy
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2012, 08:25:59 PM »
I feel a bit lost and all alone in here, there must be someone who can offer me some advice, encouragement.  :(

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Re: Can't Put Weight On Straight Leg Post Medial Meniscectomy
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2012, 07:50:31 AM »
I had a medial meniscectomy on my left knee September 2011 and suffered similarly after the first surgery as you where normal walking was impossible. They generally give you two months to get back to "normal" but I knew after two months I was far from normal, so I made an appointment to see a second OS. I made sure the second OS was a knee (only) specialist. He advised a second (revision) arthroscopy in March this year.

Things have improved greatly since then but it is a long journey.

My advice is to make sure you exercise - stationary cycling is particularly good (no weight bearing pressure) and it gets the blood flowing. After 20 minutes on the stationary bike the blood is pumping so well around the body that I can walk around virtually normally and forget I had the operation.
Also make sure you see a physiotherapist regularly, they know their stuff - particularly if you are walking irregularly on the operated leg as this will generate muscle imbalance and tightness.

As you say the most difficult position is fully extended (locked out) leg so this is the last piece in the rehabilitation jigsaw - concentrate on everything else first (strengthening quads and VMO etc).

Don't worry other people have been where you are now so there is hope! :)
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Re: Can't Put Weight On Straight Leg Post Medial Meniscectomy
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2012, 10:56:10 AM »
Thanks Comjag, I have my MRI this Saturday and see the consultant on the 10th September. My problems are exasperated due to having no patella and instability, I'm hoping I can get all of my problems sorted in double quick time , as I've no income coming in and I'm not entitled to any benefits, so my savings are depleting fast.  :(