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Offline snowkat

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Facing Surgery- ACL graft and meniscotomy - Worried
« on: March 08, 2013, 10:49:38 AM »
I am facing surgery near the end of the month. It is a old injury. My ACL was ruptured and I have a large bucket handle tear on my medial meniscus. The meniscus flipped and found a new home in the intercondylar notch. I have been searching for others who have gone through similar surgeries. Advice? I am scared of the "what if the surgery makes things worse?!?!" I was sad to learn the state of my meniscus. I wish my meniscus could be fixed, but it sounds like they will just remove it as it has been most likely been crumpled up for awhile. I guess I shouldnt morn for something that is not doing anything anymore. I am 37 and fear that not having surgery would be the wrong decision as well. Some of the sports I do snowboarding, xross country skiing...have its limits with my knee the way it is. After longer bike rides pain starts in. Advice?

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Re: Facing Surgery- ACL graft and meniscotomy - Worried
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2013, 02:55:56 PM »
You are more likely to develop arthritis in the knee if you don't have repair.  Some surgeons may have the ability to remove the meniscus and replace it with artificial/grafted tissue.  It's a personal decision though.  I had ACL recon, medial meniscus suture repair of a complex tear, and partial lateral meniscetomy for  a simple tear.  It's doing really well.  I've been able to go back to long distance running and cutting sports.  It still swells occasionally when I overdo it, but I'm glad I had the surgery.