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How soon after a torn meniscus will you be back to normal?

How soon after a torn meniscus will you be back to normal?

2-4 weeks: Most of my patients are significantly better 2-4 weeks after meniscus surgery. This is variable, though, depending on what the remainder of the patient's knee looks like. If there is arthritis in the knee, the results are not as good. If the knee is otherwise in good shape, patients generally are feeling pretty darn good within a month. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Torn Meniscus (Definition)

In the knee joint there are two types of cartilage, articular cartilage and meniscal cartilage. The meniscus is a triangular shaped piece of fibro-cartilage that sits between the femur and tibia. The meniscus can tear as a result of injury or secondary degenerative changes that occur over time. Because the meniscus cartilage dies not have it's own blood supply, tears often ...Read more


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After a torn meniscus, how quickly are you back to normal?

After a torn meniscus, how quickly are you back to normal?

Removal vs repair: W/ a menisectomy most patients recover quickly, but in a meniscus repair the recovery needs to be slower so the repair can be protected. Either way, it's pretty quick compared to many surgeries. When meniscal repair is possible this should be discussed since it will spare meniscus, & provide better protection of the knee in the long run (meniscus = < arthritis). Discuss these options w/ your md. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a Charlie horse after a torn meniscus surgery?

Is it normal to have a Charlie horse after a torn meniscus surgery?

Post meniscus: Most patients experience some postop calf pain , spasm , cramping. Try gentle stretching or use of heat for 10 min. They typically resolve by the time u r walking normally , usually by 3-4 weeks after surgery ...Read more

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When should the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

When should the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

It depends: This can vary widely depending on what type of tear you have, whether it is repaired versus partially excised, and what type of work you need to return to. Simple partial excisions in someone with a sedentary job can mean return to work in 2-3 days. Higher demand jobs that require that you be on your feet a lot can take 2-4 weeks. Meniscus repairs might need to be protected for several months. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when does the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

Can you tell me when does the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

1-2 weeks: Depending on the type of work done , sedentary jobs can return to work within a few days, active jobs may require a bit more time and babying. Sutures (if used) usually come out in 7- 14 days so i recommend waiting till they come out. It there is no associated knee problem (arthritis) the biggest hinderamnce to returning to work iws hte muscle weakness associated with the tear. ...Read more

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Could it be healthy for my torn meniscus to feel almost normal?

Could it be healthy for my torn meniscus to feel almost normal?

Not necessarily.: If you have a meniscus tear, documented by mri, it's symptoms can vary based on how you use your knee. If you're being gentle on the knee, it may feel normal or near normal. But if your activity level increases, and your pain escalates along with that, then you may be irritating the tear, or making it worse. See an orthopedic knee surgeon for proper management. ...Read more

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Is it normal for leg length to increase after torn meniscus surgery?

Is it normal for leg length to increase after torn meniscus surgery?

No: Meniscal treatment will not result in leg lengthening. You may feel a difference in the leg, but it isn't a change in length. The meniscus is a soft tissue bumper that even if removed doesn't change leg length. ...Read more

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Im having torn meniscus surgery i don't want to be intubated. Is this normal?

Im having torn meniscus surgery i don't want to be intubated. Is this normal?

See below: Depending upon your underlying medical conditions other types of surgical anesthetic options for this procedure include local , regional , and spinal anesthesia besides the general anesthesia. There are benefis risks and alternatives of all the above check with your anesthesiologist and surgeon. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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I had a torn meniscus. Treated with arthroscopic surgery. Meniscus related complaints resolved but i now. Have new complaints. Normal?

I had a torn meniscus.  Treated with arthroscopic surgery.  Meniscus related complaints resolved but i now. Have new complaints.  Normal?

More Specific: There are a few causes for continued or different systems following arthroscopic partial menisectomy. If the symptoms are pain in the front of your knee you likely need to see a pt to rehab the knee. If you have contined or intermittent swelling it may be related to pre-existing arthritis which may be treated by injections. Discuss your symptoms with your surgeon as they would best be able to help. ...Read more

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I had a bad torn meniscus so i had a surgery two weeks ago, why does the back of knee hurt when i move it sometimes?

I had a bad torn meniscus so i had a surgery two weeks ago, why does the back of knee hurt when i move it sometimes?

Inflammation: The most likely reason is due to swelling/inflammation in the area of your meniscus tear/surgery as most meniscus tears tend to be in the back part of the knee. Sometimes sutures are placed into the meniscus to repair it back to the lining of the joint. Fluid in the knee also can leak into the soft tissues in the back part of the knee which can lead to discomfort as well. ...Read more

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Left knee felt like it dislocated when i exited shower recently and collapsed painfully. I did have surgery for torn meniscus years back. What was it?

Left knee felt like it dislocated when i exited shower recently and collapsed painfully.  I did have surgery for torn meniscus years back. What was it?

Kneecap maybe : It takes significant trauma to dislocate a knee. Stepping out of shower is not nearly enough. You may have had a subluxation or dislocation of the knee cap, or giving way from a recurrent or new injury. You need to get back with ur ortho surgeon for eval ; tx. ...Read more

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How can I improve pain and swelling in my knees? I love to run - have lost 120 lbs. Had torn meniscus repaired. Pain in back of knee & instability

How can I improve pain and swelling in my knees? I love to run - have lost 120 lbs. Had torn meniscus repaired. Pain in back of knee & instability

Orthopaedic Eval.: Consider an orthopaedci evaluation. Weightbearing xrays will be helpful in determining whether or not you have significant arthritis and whether or not the swelling is due to the meniscus tear and/or any underlying arthritis. ...Read more

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I had vascular surgery , and I still have a torn meniscus and ligament, but my ankle is swollen and hurts. Theres poking sensations is it normal?

Vascular?: Vascular surgery for what? I am trying to see the connection and inderstand your question. Did you have meniscus injury prior to this? Is the swelling after a surgery? Most important if so, is to make sure you do nit have a blood clot in the leg. This is done via Doppler ultrasound. ...Read more

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Is it possible that i can have a torn meniscus and or ligament tear even though the MRI came back clean? I am constantly have knee pain and buckling

Is it possible that i can have a torn meniscus and or ligament tear even though the MRI came back clean? I am constantly have knee pain and buckling

See details: A normal MRI (if the reading is correct) makes tears unlikely. However, the symptom of buckling is impressive. See the orthopedist and discuss whether an mr-arthrogram is indicated. This is a more sensitive test than the plain mri. ...Read more

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3 mo. Since surgery of torn meniscus. Cleared back to work as flight attendant. During flight ok, on layover knee swells up. Will this improve w/time?

3 mo. Since surgery of torn meniscus. Cleared back to work as flight attendant. During flight ok, on layover knee swells up. Will this improve w/time?

Yes: At this early phase after surgery, the repeated pressure changes of going up and down in the plane can cause swelling in any surgical site. It sounds like standing and doing the work is ok, which is the good news. In time, your body will figure this out. For some, wearing a thigh high compression garment or a stretchy (neoprene) knee sleeve during flight helps. ...Read more

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Torn meniscus pain on inside & front of knee also have aching pain in front of lower leg and pain in back of knee & tight feeling..related to injury?

Torn meniscus pain on inside & front of knee also have aching pain in front of lower leg and pain in back of knee & tight feeling..related to injury?

Likely: This does sound like your symptoms are related to the injury. Pain can radiate to the lower leg and swelling in the knee can often be felt in the back of the knee. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have a lot of pain and have trouble walking 2 weeks after knee arthroscopy for a torn meniscus and arthritis clean out?

Is it normal to still have a lot of pain and have trouble walking 2 weeks after knee arthroscopy for a torn meniscus and arthritis clean out?

Not normal, but: any surgery has a side effects and pain is one of them. After the knee arthroscopy it is expected to have pain up to 3-4 weeks. However, there are many good painkillers for acute pain available. Please, call your surgeon for pain medication adjustment post-op appointment. You should not suffer. ...Read more

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Torn meniscus, week after , I have a sore calf and cramps in my calf & thigh, and my leg is swollen, is this normal? Are these symptoms of blood clot?

Torn meniscus, week after , I have a sore calf and cramps in my calf & thigh, and my leg is swollen, is this normal? Are these symptoms of blood clot?

No normal: At your age (esp. if you have any other health issues, smoker, diabetes, blood vessel problems) and with the inactivity that comes from this injury, blood clot is on the list of things, as are others. Best to see your doctor for evaluation and if need be, ultrasound to evaluate for clot. Dr R ...Read more

Dr. Jack Farr
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Knee Meniscus Tear (Definition)

A common knee injury in which the meniscus, a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee, gets torn or stretched.. Each knee has two menisci (plural of meniscus)-one at the outer edge of the knee and one at the inner edge. The menisci keep your knee steady by balancing your ...Read more