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Partial Meniscectomy

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  • Posted By: limu1222
  • January 29, 2009
  • 09:44 PM

Hi, I had partial front and back meniscus removal on Jan 20, 2009. After 9 days , I still can't straighten my leg or bend it much. I just started yesterday walking a little with one crutch. It is still painful after walking a little bit on it. It feels wobbly, if that makes sense, like it is loose. I see the Dr on Feb 2 to remove bandages. The Dr made out like it was surgery and walking the next day if I wanted to. Well I didn't and it is still very stiff after 9 days. I am confused and dont know if moving it and walking on it will make it better or worse. It seems after searching the web that everyone recovers differently. Also, he never mentioned any physical threapy. He said I should be able to run again also. Any info will help me. Thanks:confused:

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  • I had about 60% of my meniscus removed in November 2008.Everyone heals at different rates, so having some difficulty straightening it is normal, but you should definitely be getting physical therapy.Put ice on it after any physical activity and and anti-inflammitories will help if your knee swells.Good luck with your healing!
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  • Hi Limu1222, You definitely should be having physiotherapy / physical therapy following a partial meniscectomy. A partial meniscectomy obviously involves cutting a part of the meniscus away. This usually leaves the remaining meniscus a little 'raw' so to speak or irritable. As a result, it is important to allow the meniscus to heal by ensuring you do not return to weight bearing or twisting activities too quickly. You can normally tell if this is the case because your pain will increase during the weightbearing or twisting activity, or your pain will increase afterwards with rest (especially the next morning). It is important to note however, that appropriate levels of weightbearing activity is essential to aid healing. Exercises to improve flexibility and strength of the knee and quadriceps are also particularly important to ensure an optimal outcome. Generally walking is beneficial provided there is no pain during walking or after walking with rest (especially the next morning) and provided you are not limping. If walking is painful, or causing you to limp, Crutches should generally be used to take weight off the injured leg so walking is painfree and limp-free (i.e. the injured leg still touches the ground normally, with the crutches taking some of the weight). Hope that helps and good luck, PhysioAdvisor
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