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How Long Can I Wait Before Doing Meniscus Repair Surgery
No definite answer: Meniscus tears that are repairable should be repaired as expeditiously as possible. No one can know for certain when or if another injury will occur. Further injury may convert a repairable tear to a tear that cannot be repaired but only partially removed. While waiting for a likely repair, it is prudent to greatly limit any activities that put the knee and meniscus at risk for further injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Depends on the extent of the injury and the type of repair_ open vs arthroscopic can have a different recovery time of weeks. What type of surgery are you having? Is the meniscus completely torn, partially torn, ? ...Read more
Crutches for 6 weeks: Most meniscal repair surgeries, whether done open or arthroscopically, require up to 6 weeks of limited weight bearing with crutches. Most surgeons allow at least the weight of the foot to touch the ground during that time. Physical therapy is geared at working on quadriceps function/strength and limited knee motion from 0-90 degrees. Bracing in extension for ambulation may be indicated as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally upto 6 mon: Ths, but your surgeon should be advising you as a lot depends on how the surgery went and the state of your tissues and the repair. So heed you surgeons advice as it might be less or even more. ...Read more
After few days: Patients are given crutches, and instructed to walk with the crutches. Most often, patients will be allowed to place weight on the operated leg so long as the knee is held fully straight (either with a knee immobilizer or a hinged knee brace locked in extension). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Depending on the type of repair, your surgeon may protect your weightbearing and your activities to maximize healing. If part of the torn meniscus was removed, you would be allowed to walk as soon as you feel able. However, if the torn meniscus was repaired with sutures, then you might need to use crutches (partial weightbearing) for 4-6 weeks and gradually resume walking. Check with the doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3-4 months: If you had a true repair and plan to return to sports then to be safe it's best to wait 3-4 months for full recovery. ...Read more
Variable: That depends on a number of factors: 1) allograft or autograft - when using your own tendon (either patellar tendon or hamstring tendon), the donor site (where we get the tendon) typically hurts more than the acl reconstruction. 2) type of acl reconstruction - some surgeons are performing "all-inside" acl reconstructions that have significantly less surgical pain, 3) individual pain tolerance. ...Read more
I'm 20yrs old guy,after meniscus repair surgery & rehab.After 1 year can I be back to my high intensity exercises or should I stop them permanently?
In due time...: I have my patients wear a brace until 6-9 weeks postop. While many patients are able to put partial weight on the leg w/ the aid of crutches, it is not unusual for them to feel weakness/ pain @ 4 wks that prevent them from fully walking on their own. You should discuss specifics with your physical therapist/ surgeon as each protocol varies slightly. ...Read more
Talk to Your Surgeon: This needs to be talked to your Ortho doctor. Only that physician knows your specific case. ...Read more
What kind of painkillers are prescribed to a patient after a meniscus repair surgery (sewing it back together)?
Surgeon's choice: Generally depends on what the md is comfortable with and what you are allergic yo. Ask your surgeon. ...Read more
Why can't I flex my knee I had meniscus repair after 3 weeks of surgery? when will I be able to gain flexibility?
Meniscus repair 2 months ago. Body goes numb and feels weird. I haven't felt normal since my surgery. Is this normal or side effect of meds I'm on??
Meds- possible: Consult your surgeon anjd wean off your mediciation ...Read more
6 months after an ACL surgery and meniscus repair and knee is still unstable ? What could be the reason ? Thanks
Knee instability: Depending on how long you were immobilized after surgery, you may have weakness in the affected limb/knee and should be going to or have gone for Physical Therapy. If it is still unstable, have a repeat MRI to make sure the surgery was performed properly and that the ligament has healed properly. ...Read more
I had a meniscus repair surgery 10 months ago recetly i ve been having pain in my knee from being in the cold or climbing the stairs is that normal ?
PFPS : I think that you may be having pain around your knee cap which could be patellafemoral syndrome. This is when the knee cap doesn't track right. After your surgery sometimes even with pt your vmo of your quad isn't always working right. I would see a sports med/ortho or the doc who did the surgery (ortho) and they will examine and probabaly rx physical therapy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How soon can be i can start pt after meniscus repair arthroscopic surgery. What can I do as exercise, and and diet plan.
Surgeon Decision: Physical therapy after surgery should always be guided by the surgeon. In general meniscal repair is a much slower rehab process than partial meniscectomy but at age 22 it would be beneficial to preserve as much as your meniscus as possible so it would be worth the extra rehab if your surgeon thinks your meniscus would heal if it is repaired. In any case pick a good surgeon and trust him/her. ...Read more
X-ray and MRI show significant hole in back of kneecap. Wasn't there 5 months ago during meniscus repair surgery. Any thoughts?
Compare photos: U may have had some 'early' chondromalacia( wear) of your patella 6 months ago and it has progressed or you have had a more significant injury . Make sure your ors has checked your patellofemoral mechanics and tracking. Most ors have photos of your previous"scope" that can be compared to your (upcoming presumably) scope where the lesion can be assessed for progression. Best of luck! ...Read more
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