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Re: Meniscus tears
« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2019, 09:51:09 PM »
Do use them if it's painful. Also have plenty of ice packs ready, especially to use after doing your physio exercises (always wrap in teatowel)
You may have been told already, but try to avoid supporting the knee bent with pillows, have the knee straight if lying or feet on floor if sitting :). You should be getting it straight as much and quickly as poss :)
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
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LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Meniscus tears
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2019, 12:39:10 PM »
Just got the report from the surgeon. It says that I had a Ďgreat big tear in the  medial meniscus with an under-surface flap. There is about 50% of the meniscus remaining. The medial compartment looked normal. There was a tiny bit of tattiness in the lateral meniscus and quite a bit of chondromalacia on the patella in about 50%í

Is the Ďunder surface flapí anything to do with a plica I wonder?

Any help appreciated!

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Re: Meniscus tears
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2019, 12:44:27 PM »
Sorry Vickster, Iíve only just seen your previous post! I wish I had seen that last night. I went to bed with the knee propped up on pillows! At least I know now. I hope I havenít set myself back at all.

Thanks so much for the information. 

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Re: Meniscus tears
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2019, 01:16:11 PM »
Sure itíll be fine but itís definitely something to avoid. Getting the swelling and inflammation ASAP is vital so ice and elevation :)

And keep doing those ROM exercises :)

Sounds like your knee is in an ok state. I donít think plica and meniscus tears are related. Flap tears are just one type (I had one too)

Work with your physio to ensure that the muscles are as good as possible as losing meniscus increases the risk of arthritis which you donít yet have :)
« Last Edit: February 15, 2019, 01:20:05 PM by Vickster »
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: Meniscus tears
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2019, 11:31:36 AM »
Thanks for all the advice Vickster.

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Re: Meniscus tears
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2019, 11:41:01 AM »
No worries. Is the knee settling now youíre a few days on? When do you start physio?
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: Meniscus tears
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2019, 07:56:23 PM »
Yeah, itís settling down nicely now. I drove for the first time today and it was fine. My surgeon had advised that I could go back to work today but the doctor on the day ward signed me off until Thursday. I have been doing the exercises that the physio department sent me home with and they are really helping. What would you recommend as regards seeing a physiotherapist? Should I start seeing one now? My procedure was in a private hospital here in Ireland so itís up to me to arrange the sessions privately. 

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Re: Meniscus tears
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2019, 08:12:03 PM »
My first physio session was arranged by the hospital for 10 days post op. I then had another 10 days later or so after I had my 3 week follow up (and discharge) with surgeon. I'm waiting 3 weeks now as I only have 4 sessions from the insurers and want to spread them out over a decent period

I'd see a physio soon so as to keep on track and move your rehab to the next level especially if you have a particular ambition to get back to a specific activity or sport (mine is cycling and needed the physio to get me on the gym bike asap)
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: Meniscus tears
« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2019, 11:39:39 PM »
Will organise some physio soon in that case. I donít have any specific goal in mind. I would just like to strengthen my knee so that I can be some way active again. 

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Re: Meniscus tears
« Reply #24 on: February 19, 2019, 09:47:06 AM »
Thanks Vickster. This is my first knee op so donít know what to expect. The surgeon did say I can expect to drive the day after but that seems very soon to me! I know, as with everything, that everyone is different so I guess thereís no one size fits all in terms of recovery.
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Re: Meniscus tears
« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2019, 11:06:21 AM »
The recovery and rehab will depend on what the problem
is, what is done and how your body reacts to the trauma of surgery and the rehab  (weíre all different)
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RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
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LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up

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Re: Meniscus tears
« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2019, 11:23:44 AM »
Will organise some physio soon in that case. I donít have any specific goal in mind. I would just like to strengthen my knee so that I can be some way active again.

Physio will focus on getting the full ROM back and then move onto strengthening

If you can get some hydrotherapy, itís a great way to work the knees and the rest of you in a low impact way (and the warm water is rather lovely too!)
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: Meniscus tears
« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2019, 12:15:05 PM »
Thanks Vickster. Will look in hydrotherapy too. Sounds really nice! Back to work tomorrow so will see how that goes.















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