Anyone ever had surgery to repair a torn meniscus? What was your experience like?

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  1. yg17 macrumors G5

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    So, I screwed up my knee, and the MRI results are in, torn meniscus. The orthopedic doc recommended arthroscopic surgery to repair it, and he made it sound like it was a cakewalk. Quick, outpatient surgery, a couple days in bed while I recover, then I'll take it easy for a few weeks and it'll be as good as new. Anyone ever had this procedure done and was that your experience? I'm trying to wedge the surgery in between a couple trips I have coming up, so if I can do it the week after I get back from a work trip, that leaves 4 weeks until I go to Amsterdam where I will surely be doing a ton of walking. Doctor doesn't think it'll be an issue, but I want to hear from others who had it, were you back to your old self after just a few weeks?
     
  2. Khalanad75 macrumors 6502

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    I had it done back in 2009. It was quick and easy. The recovery was pretty much as your doctor described. At 4 weeks you should be fine for Amsterdam. Around week 2 1/2 start doing deep knee bends to loosen it up some.
     
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    Hope it goes well for you @yg17 Just out of curiosity, how did you mess up your knee?
     
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    I had it done a couple of years ago ... walking down the driveway to greet the UPS truck, then pivoted, took a step, and "snap".

    The arthroscopic surgery went well, and the recovery was shorter than I expected. Didn't really need the crutch and walker that was purchased on recommendation. Everything seems fine today ... just a couple of tiny scars on my knee to remind me which leg it was on.

    Good luck with yours ...
     
  5. yg17 thread starter macrumors G5

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    Thanks, good to hear the recovery is exactly what the doctor said.

    I am not 100% sure, but if I had to guess, it was chasing this adorable pain in the ass around the house or yard:

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  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Great, so now the dog gets blamed for your injuries as well as when you fart.
     
  7. yg17 thread starter macrumors G5

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    Haha, I can't blame him for my farts because his farts smell worse than anything that has ever come out of a human, if I blame it on him, everyone would be like "No, it wasn't him because it didn't smell THAT bad" :D
     

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