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How Soon After A Torn Meniscus Will You Be Back To Normal
Torn cartilage: 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 need surgery to fix. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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