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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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After I had torn meniscus surgery my leg became a little longer, yoga helps but what else can I do?

After I had torn meniscus surgery my leg became a little longer, yoga helps but what else can I do?

Dont think so.: It is a physical impossibility that your leg actually became longer after your surgery for a torn meniscus. Perhaps you were walking with a bent knee prior to surgery, and after surgery you normalized your gait and felt as though there was an increase in length. ...Read more

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How come I can't bear weight on my leg even with crutches 5 days after an acl/mcl/meniscus surgery?

How come I can't bear weight on my leg even with crutches 5 days after an acl/mcl/meniscus surgery?

Lots of surgery: Usually weight bearing is allowed after ACl surgery, but depending on swelling and pain, you may not be able to bear weight. If the meniscus was repaired, weight bearing may not be allowed to reduce the stress on the meniscus repair. Again, an MCL reconstruction causes pain and swelling that may cause difficulty with weight bearing. ...Read more

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I tore my ACL and meniscus. Had surgery on it two weeks ago. How long will it take before i can walk and put pressure on the leg?

I tore my ACL and meniscus. Had surgery on it two weeks ago. How long will it take before i can walk and put pressure on the leg?

Ask your surgeon...: For a copy of their protocol. This answer depends on several things: 1) surgical technique, 2) meniscal status, 3) quad control. 4) pain, 5) swelling. Your therapist and surgeon will be able to help you figure out what is best for you. Note that any meniscal repair may slow your ability to put weight on your leg to protect the repair, but is worth it in the long run (prevent arthritis). ...Read more

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Torn meniscus 7 months ago. Typically If I have surgery will I be allowed to walk on the affected leg right away? Have osteoarthritis also.

Torn meniscus 7 months ago. Typically  If I have surgery will I be allowed to walk on the affected leg right away? Have osteoarthritis also.

No: Meniscal repairs in an osteoarthritic knee provide little or no long term benefit. You will likely need crutches for a short period if you do have the surgery. ...Read more

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I had surgery for a medial and lateral meniscus tear 4 months ago. I still have pain when i completely straighten my leg. Scar tissue?

I had surgery for a medial and lateral meniscus tear 4 months ago.  I still have pain when i completely straighten my leg. Scar tissue?

Meniscal tear postop: It could very well be scar tissue. The meniscus (or menisci-plural) may have continued to tear also. My guess is that you may have underlying arthritis, which often gets exacerbated with a knee injury. The location of your pain is also very important. I would recommend having your surgeon that did the knee scope check you out again if the pain is significant. ...Read more

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Why does my calf hurt after meniscus surgery and i don't have an blood clot in my leg?

Why does my calf hurt after meniscus surgery and i don't have an blood clot in my leg?

See below: If you have eliminated a clot or phlebitis as a possibility you need to have the area of injury evaluated you may not be walking evenly and this might be the cause for muscular pain in the calf. ...Read more

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Had ACL &meniscus surgery 11 months ago. Knee still has some swelling and still no feeling in portion of my leg. Is this normal?

Had ACL &meniscus surgery 11 months ago.  Knee still has some swelling and still no feeling in portion of my leg.  Is this normal?

Yes, it can be: Arthroscopic acl surgery can cause some mild residual swelling w/ running etc. 11 months post-op. A small area of numbness below the kneecap if the patellar tendon was harvested is also normal.Recurrent swelling that is interfering w/ knee flexion or more numbness than described( esp.W/ meniscus repair)is not ' normal'. See your ors if so. Gl! ...Read more

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What's after a full leg brace? I had vascular surgery and my meniscus is still ripped. What comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

What's after a full leg brace? I had vascular surgery and my meniscus is still ripped. What comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

Varies: It varies in part on the reason for the brace. A brace is not a standard treatment for your meniscal tear, so you may be wearing the brace for other reasons. Typical treatment for most meniscal tears is arthroscopic repair verses debridement, but you might not be a candidate for this based upon a recent vascular surgery. I would certainly discuss specifics of your case with your surgeons. ...Read more