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Recovery from meniscus surgery

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 9, 2006
  • 01:44 AM

6 weeks after Meniscus surgery fluid is still accumulating on my knee. The doctor has drained it twice and the last time I rested almost completely for 3 days but still the luid comes back. Any comments suggestions, similar experiences welcomed.

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  • It has been more than 12 weeks post meniscus surgery. My knee is sore, hot and swollen, and has been aspirated once. The fluid and pain returned within the next day. I may have torn the meniscus after surgery by being too active and doing too much. We live in an area that is highly athletic and everyone is very active and seems to recover quickly from any sports injury/surgery. I am scheduled for another surgery next week, to repair the torn meniscus (again). This time I will take better care of it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 25, 2006
    • 01:57 PM
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  • It has been more than 12 weeks post meniscus surgery. My knee is sore, hot and swollen, and has been aspirated once. The fluid and pain returned within the next day. I may have torn the meniscus after surgery by being too active and doing too much. We live in an area that is highly athletic and everyone is very active and seems to recover quickly from any sports injury/surgery. I am scheduled for another surgery next week, to repair the torn meniscus (again). This time I will take better care of it.are you are chutes for a while
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
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  • In your meniscus surgery did they repair it or just cut out the torn meniscus? It does make a difference. If you tore it it might be better to just have them cut out the cartilage. Repairing it is a longer heal time and has a higher risk of reinjuring or tearing it again. Also, take it easy!!! Use crutches and allow your body to heal!!! I had a right medial menisectomy a few years back (that is when they cut out torn cartilage, it was done of my right knee) and I was on crutches for five days and did not walk normally for almost two weeks. Your quadricep muscles will weaken extremely fast on the affected side no matter how in shape you are. Give it time and take it easy and you will heal nicely!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 04:24 PM
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  • I had both knees done and agree highly with above post. You have to give it time and have patience. I too used crutches for 6 days and it took a good 3 weeks til I walked right. I went into PT 2 1/2 weeks after surgery and continued for 5 weeks of it. Also, I did 4 weeks pt pre surgery on both knees to strenghthen before surgery. Hang in there
    miserableMOE 52 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 04:35 PM
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  • I have hurt my knee while weight lifting. My doctor believes it to be a PCL injury because of the bleeding he sees in my knee but it hasnt limited my walking.It just when i twist it occasionally. Anyone have a thought about whether it could be a meniscus tear instead of a PCl tear?
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  • I have hurt my knee while weight lifting. My doctor believes it to be a PCL injury because of the bleeding he sees in my knee but it hasnt limited my walking.It just hurts when i twist it occasionally. Anyone have a thought about whether it could be a meniscus tear instead of a PCl tear?
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  • I had 3 tears in my right meniscus (that got misdiagnosed as an inflamation of my IT band and a slight femoral patellar disorder), 2 medial, 1 lateral. they cut out the lateral, and repaired the medial. I went back for my 8 week check up, and they are thinking that they are going to go back in and do something else with my meniscus. they said that my meniscus could have just kept fraying, despite all their efforts. Has anyone ever had this???
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  • One of the biggest studies to date done on acupuncture was for knee pain. Originally it was for osteoarthritis of the knee, but I will say that it is helpful for most knee pain, especially post operative pain, really helps promote healing of the tissues and bone. Please try acupuncture to help with your pain. Visit www.acufinder.com to find a practitioner and to learn more about this form of medicine. Best wishesDOM
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  • Please do not listen to anything Shula or Acuann tell you. My sister just passed away because Shula and Acuann told her that her doctor was wrong and she did not have a serious condition. Acuann even told her to get acupuncture to get healed. These people are going to be investigated for practicing medicine without a license. Shula and Acuann are specifically wanted in connection with my sisters homocide. Thats right homocide. If she would have listened to her doctor instead of these internet quacks she would still be here today. Rest assured I will do everything in my power to put these two behind bars and shut this website down for good.
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  • It has been more than 12 weeks post meniscus surgery. My knee is sore, hot and swollen, and has been aspirated once. The fluid and pain returned within the next day. I may have torn the meniscus after surgery by being too active and doing too much. We live in an area that is highly athletic and everyone is very active and seems to recover quickly from any sports injury/surgery. I am scheduled for another surgery next week, to repair the torn meniscus (again). This time I will take better care of it.What is meniscus surgery like because i might me get it done at the age 14.
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  • I had meniscus repair surgery on 2/22 and I am still on crutches via doctor's orders. I am lucky because I have had very little pain thus far. Like the others say healing time is extremely long for the meniscus repair I might be able to do exercises with the leg on the floor next week in therapy. (Hopefully). But just know that the healing time is very long, and I'm an active person so this really sucks. But my advise is listen to the doctor because the last thing you want to do is go through the surgery a second time because you didn't listen. But if all possible avoid the surgery unless you like laying around for a month +.
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  • Hi everyone, I'm sixteen years old and I tore my lateral meniscus in my left leg while playing soccer with my little brother at a friend's house about two months ago.I went to the doctor the next day and they assesed it, ordered x-rays, and an MRI to be done, in conclusion they told me that I did have a torn meniscus, and surgery was to be done as soon as possible, so the next day literally they had an open slot for surgery!I went home and prepared, didn't eat anything after 12:00 p.m and the next day drove to the surgery center, where I had the surgery.Before hand they made me draw an arrow on the right leg(left) and then a few hours later they brought me into surgery and gave me an I.V which was painful then I felt this very tingly feeling in my brain and was out like a light. When I woke up, I was crying severely, then went back to sleep and then woke up again and looked at my knee and it was on this pumping machine that bent my knee back and forth to keep it moving, it was extremely painful for me, so they gave me more pain medication.Then a little bit after I woke up some more, they sent me home with my little brother and mom.After all of that a few weeks later, I was on crutches and pain medication and I felt that I couldn't do a thing myself, I was very helpless. Everyday 24/7 I was on an ice machine and had my knee elevated. I was so depressed that I had to make my younger siblings do things for their older sister...But I continued going to PT and that helped a lot they taught me certain exercises to do at home and also at PT, it was a nice boost of energy.They also helped me re learn to walk properly, without any crutches.So anyways, that was my journey and in conclusion, I still have knee pain, and it has been almost two months...I may need to have a meniscus allograft transplantation surgery if I continues to be in pain, let's hope not.P.s if anyone knows anything more about: Meniscus allograft transplantation surgery(AKA where they take a meniscus from a cadaver and insert it where the old one was removed from) please tell me!It would be greatly appreciated!!!Thanks for listening!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi everyone, I'm sixteen years old and I tore my lateral meniscus in my left leg while playing soccer with my little brother at a friend's house about two months ago.I went to the doctor the next day and they assesed it, ordered x-rays, and an MRI to be done, in conclusion they told me that I did have a torn meniscus, and surgery was to be done as soon as possible, so the next day literally they had an open slot for surgery!I went home and prepared, didn't eat anything after 12:00 p.m and the next day drove to the surgery center, where I had the surgery.Before hand they made me draw an arrow on the right leg(left) and then a few hours later they brought me into surgery and gave me an I.V which was painful then I felt this very tingly feeling in my brain and was out like a light. When I woke up, I was crying severely, then went back to sleep and then woke up again and looked at my knee and it was on this pumping machine that bent my knee back and forth to keep it moving, it was extremely painful for me, so they gave me more pain medication.Then a little bit after I woke up some more, they sent me home with my little brother and mom.After all of that a few weeks later, I was on crutches and pain medication and I felt that I couldn't do a thing myself, I was very helpless. Everyday 24/7 I was on an ice machine and had my knee elevated. I was so depressed that I had to make my younger siblings do things for their older sister...But I continued going to PT and that helped a lot they taught me certain exercises to do at home and also at PT, it was a nice boost of energy.They also helped me re learn to walk properly, without any crutches.So anyways, that was my journey and in conclusion, I still have knee pain, and it has been almost two months...I may need to have a meniscus allograft transplantation surgery if I continues to be in pain, let's hope not.P.s if anyone knows anything more about: Meniscus allograft transplantation surgery(AKA where they take a meniscus from a cadaver and insert it where the old one was removed from) please tell me!It would be greatly appreciated!!!Thanks for listening!! Again, have you considered trying acupuncture? I would avoid additional surgery as a last resort and look into all of your options first before resigning yourself to surgery. Acupuncture can really be helpful!Best wishesDOM
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  • I too had meniscus surgery to repair a tear. Afterwards the dr got the results of a biopsy and found "Pigmented villonodular synovitis" the knee was swollen and hot. Has anybody else been diagonised with this. Please reply to me as I am desperate to know more info on this.:(
    nambour51 4 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 09:24 AM
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  • Hello everybody. Great information on this site. I had arthroscopic surgery 3 days ago to remove a flap in the lateral meniscus and I'm very frustrated with my doctors advice. Everything I've gotten so far is "If you feel you can walk on it, go ahead" and "do everything as tolerated." My question is: Should I be walking on it? I'm trying and it's very hard to put weight on it. I would like to do range of motion with it but not if it will make things worse. There's some minor swelling still. I'm 34 and very active so I'd like to get things recovering as soon as possible.
    Chris65 1 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
    • 06:02 PM
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  • I'm 34 and very active so I'd like to get things recovering as soon as possible. I cannot stress enough how effective acupuncture is for promoting healing after surgery. Please try it - it works! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
    • 06:17 PM
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  • If there is anyone outthere who has been diagnosed with PVNS please contact me as I am unsure what I should do to. The dr wants to operate again but I cannot get any real answers as to the outcome. re will I have a normal functioning knee or will I end up with a stiff knee. I am really scared about what to do. This is apparently quite rare as 1 in 1.1m approx get it. Please help me to make a decision.:confused:
    nambour51 4 Replies
    • December 20, 2007
    • 09:10 PM
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  • http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/ Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • December 21, 2007
    • 02:23 AM
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  • Is the swelling in the knee itself? My husband had surgery a year ago and still has swelling behind the knee. He has had tests done to check for a blood clot, circulation, the works. They can find no reason for it. Any ideas?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 1, 2008
    • 07:06 AM
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  • If there is anyone outthere who has been diagnosed with PVNS please contact me as I am unsure what I should do to. The dr wants to operate again but I cannot get any real answers as to the outcome. re will I have a normal functioning knee or will I end up with a stiff knee. I am really scared about what to do. This is apparently quite rare as 1 in 1.1m approx get it. Please help me to make a decision.:confused:Hi,I was diagnosed with this and I just had surgery to remove the tumor. What kind of PVNS were you diagnosed with? What type of doctor is treating you and what treatment did they suggest?I will try to response with as much detail as I can. I found a great doctor who specializes in muscosceletal oncology. Let me know what questions you have.Madeline
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 8, 2008
    • 03:32 AM
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