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Recovery Time Torn Meniscus Surgery
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
Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery. Is an upright or recumbent bike better?
Start recumbent: Using an upright bike will put more pressure on your knee while it is healing and is not recommended, while a recumbent bike has less pressure and helps to keep range of motion of joint and maintain muscle tone. So, start with recumbent bike after surgery. When the knee is feeling better and stronger, then you can shift to an upright bike. ...Read more
Meniscus surgery rec: That really depends on if they shaved it out or repaired it. If it was simple tear, then you should be healed, or ready for full activity before 90 days. If it was a repair and you were advised to not put weight on it, then the recovery will be much longer (3-5 months). ...Read more
Hi, I have a torn meniscus for last 4 years. I want to repair it naturally. .. Without surgery. .. I feel pain all the time. .
No: It is very rare for a meniscus to heal without intervention. It really depends on where the tear is. If it is peripheral, it can be sewn together if at the time of surgery it looks like an appropriate option. These choices really are made in surgery. Some will advocate injecting prp into the tear but there is mixed information on this. If you have had this for 4 years, I doubt it will ever heal. ...Read more
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
Should the swelling be gone? I had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 2 weeks ago, and my knee is still swollen at times. Is that something I should be concerned about?
Orthopedic surgeon: It is not always necessary to have surgery for a torn meniscus as they are quite commonly found in many people who have no symptoms. However at your young age an untreated torn meniscus can lead to other knee issues at a later time. Accordingly you should take the advice of a skilled orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
2-3weeks: All depend weather the meniscus was excised (partial menisectomy)or it was sutured. Simple uncomplicated menisectomy no more than two weeks, repaired one about six to eight weeks. ...Read more
Simple surgery: Usually in uncomplicated cases with advanced current techniques, about 2-4 weeks. ...Read more
About to have 2nd torn meniscus surgery... Is a repair or removal better and why does this keep happening. Only 24 and never had accident or injury?
Repair if possible: Only certain types of tears (peripheral around the rim) are repairable. Results are somewhat age dependent younger better than older people have better results. Partial meniscectomy still has a chance of increased arthritis in the long run. Joe dimaggio ripped his meniscus standing up on a bus so there doesn't have to be result of an accident. ...Read more
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
No: A meniscus can heal on its own. This typically occurs in the first 6 weeks or so after injury. However, some tears become asymptomatic and can be managed with injections and physical therapy. If pain and swelling persist despite nsaids, pt, rest, injections, then usually a surgery is warranted depending on how much arthritis is in the joint. Speak to your ortho surgeon for more detail. ...Read more
Yes, but do as your:
Surgeon tells you. Once healing is complete, you can resume training. Almost all athletes do so but after proper training and after clearance from the surgeon. Premature return can result in serious injury and would delay the return to all physical activities.
So heed your orthopod's advise. ...Read more
Quad exercises: Any trauma to the knee (including surgery or arthroscopy) can cause quad inhibition, where the quad muscles stop functioning normally. It is most important to retrain them to work properly. Walking without a limp, exercise bicycle, stairclimbing, lunges, and squats are all excellent ways. Isometrics (holding the knee straight for long periods) is another excellent exercise. ...Read more
Eval: Find out why it still hurts. If the meniscus was trimmed or repaired properly, then it generally doesn't hurt. Persistent pain can be from improper trim or repair with residual tear, a new tear or injury, or from arthritis unrelated to the meniscus tear. Depending on your age, arthritis is the most likely possibility. ...Read more
I have a torn meniscus & significant arthiritis & my dr refuses to do surgery because it would be challenging due to my size. What do I do? 326 lbs
Time will tell: Not everyone who has a meniscus tear needs surgery. What happens to the meniscus if you don't do surgery is it will either get better and not bother you or it will interfere with your normal daily activities. Statistically, most meniscal tears don't heal. If you can do what you need and want to do, delay surgery. ...Read more
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
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