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When can I walk? Having ACL reconstruction, MCL and lateral meniscus repair. When can I go to work? Special needs teacher constantly standing. Thanks

When can I walk? Having ACL reconstruction, MCL and lateral meniscus repair. When can I go to work? Special needs teacher constantly standing. Thanks

3 weeks: Usually after a meniscus repair you need to be non weight bearing for at least 3 weeks. With just an acl reconstruction, most of the tim e you will be walking by 2 weeks. Of course, it can be 6 weeks until you are walking relatively pain free. ...Read more

Dr. Vic Kalman
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Mcl (Definition)

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a wide band of tissue (a ligament) that runs along the inner side of each knee, connecting the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia), to help stabilize the knee joint. The MCL's main purpose is to prevent knees from bending too far ...Read more


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What is the recovery time for ACL reconstruction using hamstring, plus MCL repair plus lateral meniscus repair plus impact fracture of tibial plateau?

What is the recovery time for ACL reconstruction using hamstring, plus MCL repair plus lateral meniscus repair plus impact fracture of tibial plateau?

Difficult to say: You describe a fairly significant knee operation and set of injuries. It's hard to say without examining you and reviewing your studies. Your orthopedic surgeon is in the best position to answer this question. It's safe to say that your recovery will last for several months with a lot of physical therapy. ...Read more

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So tired of knee pain. Mcl & meniscus repaired in august but pain still intense. 1-2mm tear showed in most recent mri. Would surgery help?

So tired of knee pain. Mcl & meniscus repaired in august but pain still intense. 1-2mm tear showed in most recent mri. Would surgery help?

Knee pain: If you're having knee pain in the mr I showed an abnormality I would suggest an orthopedic consultation to discuss your options. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to do MCL repair when when repairing meniscus? Mcl pain is still extreme 10 weeks in. Chances dr will do both at once?

How difficult is it to do MCL repair when when repairing meniscus? Mcl pain is still extreme 10 weeks in. Chances dr will do both at once?

Not typically: The mcl is a structure with high healing potential on its own. It has multiple parts, all of which seldom need surgical fixation. Many patients have pain in the hamstrings (they sit right next to the mcl) long after the mcl heals and can easily be confused. ...Read more

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Mcl sprain after dislocation of patella. Recent lateral release, meniscus repair. How do they know no tear without mri? Limp, popping noise, pain

Mcl sprain after dislocation of patella. Recent lateral release, meniscus repair. How do they know no tear without mri? Limp, popping noise, pain

Cannot be sure: An MRI is an appropriate imaging study to detect a ligamentous or meniscal tear. A physical exam by a physician can help distinguish between different injuries, but symptoms such popping noises wouldn't necessarily signify a tear or not. ...Read more

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Can a torn meniscus repair on its own?

Can a torn meniscus repair on its own?

Not often: Imagine the meniscus as having the shape of a crescent moon. The inner 2/3 has a poor potential for as it has no blood supply (necessary for healing). The outer 1/3 does have a blood supply and has the potential for healing. Surgery is often required to bring the torn meniscus together to allow for healing. ...Read more

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Can I squat 6 months after meniscus repair?

Can I squat 6 months after meniscus repair?

Depends: On your surgeons protocol and his/her recommendations. Your physical therapist would be able to give you a specific timeline for this. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time from meniscus repair surgery?

What is the recovery time from meniscus repair surgery?

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

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How long can I wait before doing meniscus repair surgery?

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 more

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How long does it take to recover after meniscus repair surgery?

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

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How long does it take to heal after meniscus repair and plica removal?

How long does it take to heal after meniscus repair and plica removal?

4 months: Are you sure you had a repair and not a menisectomy (which is a trimming)? A repair is a much more involved procedure. Typically the plica is removed in order to get better visualization so the plica healing is minimal. The meniscal repair needs to be protected so the cartilage can heal. Before any cutting or pivoting activities it is at least 4 months. ...Read more

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How long does it typically take to recover from meniscus repair surgery?

How long does it typically take to recover from meniscus repair surgery?

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 more

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Do you recommend syvn injection after a meniscus repair and lateral release?

Do you recommend syvn injection after a meniscus repair and lateral release?

No: Synvisc (hylan g-f 20) injections are not indicated in situation of a meniscal repair and lateral release.
Synvisc (hylan g-f 20) is used for arthritic knees only. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from meniscus repair surgery?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from meniscus repair surgery?

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

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What should I expect for meniscus repair recovery/experience?

6-12 months: Most meniscal surgeries are a meniscectomy rather than a repair. Meniscectomy recovery is about 1-2 months depending upon other factors
meniscal healing after a repair is not a guarantee. It takes 6-12 months for full healing. ...Read more

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How much pain after acl/meniscus repair?

Variable: There are a number of methods used for acl reconstructions, each with varying amounts of associated pain. Using your own patella tendon or hamstring as a graft will also increase the pain level. I have been performing all-inside acl reconstructions where patients often have pain not unlike a regular knee scope. In those cases I have to admonish my patients not to do too much after surgery! ...Read more

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I just had meniscus repair surgery, how long before I can walk?

I just had meniscus repair surgery, how long before I can walk?

Meniscus repair: It depends on the severity, size, and location of the tear. The safest taking is to stay on crutches and discuss plan with your doctor. ...Read more

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I just had meniscus repair surgery how long until I can walk on it?

I just had meniscus repair surgery how long until I can walk on it?

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 more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get back to sports after a meniscus repair?

Repair?: Repair or removal?? With a repair our protocol is 3-4 months from surgery.
With a removal it's about 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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I just had meniscus repair surgery. How long am waiting until I can walk safely on it?

I just had meniscus repair surgery. How long am waiting until I can walk safely on it?

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 more

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I had medial meniscus repair last week and I still can't walk. Is this a normal thing to deal with?

I had medial meniscus repair last week and I still can't walk. Is this a normal thing to deal with?

See your ORS: Assuming you had arthroscopic "all- inside" meniscus repair. You should be walking with crutches (or walker) 1 wk. Post-op. Some surgeons 'protect' the meniscus w/ 'toe - touch' weight bearing on the affected extremity for 3-6 wks. Post-op after meniscal repair. I let my patients weight bear as tolerated immediately (surgeon preference).In any event you should be up walking! Contact your ors. Gl! ...Read more

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What are the contraindications for meniscus repair rather than removal? Will osteoarthritis progress as a result of either alternative?

Therapy: Physical therapy to reduce pain and enable function the meniscus ths the cushion your knee bears weight and bends. If abnormal it may resolve deppending on the severity biut also will degenerate over timew causing some change in gait and may effst the chances of degenerative arthritis earlier than normal. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Ask your ortho: I would think you should gradually work your way up. I am not sure how you obtained the tear but don't damage your outcome.
Ask your ortho doctor how best to recover and if you have any limitations. All the best. ...Read more

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How to get a meniscus repair for a meniscal tear?

How to get a meniscus repair for a meniscal tear?

See specialist.: See an orthopedic knee specialist, who can determine if a repair is possible, or if the torn portion should be removed. ...Read more

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How much pain is there after acl/meniscus repair surgery?

How much pain is there after acl/meniscus repair surgery?

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

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How long does ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair take?

How long does ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair take?

Average 1-2 hours: Average operative time for acl recon. Without additional procedures will be 1-2 hours currently. Just 15-20 years ago, this same surgery averaged 3-4 hours. Add 30 minutes for each meniscus repaired. ...Read more