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Old 01-06-2014, 07:02 PM   #51 (permalink)
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I don't know how bad the tear is at this point and hope to get that info on Friday. I was out boarding just a few weeks ago and it's gotten increasingly more painful over that time to the point where it's hard to sleep at times and I'm walking with a limp. I'd prefer to not go under the knife but I may not have much of a choice.
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Old 01-06-2014, 07:57 PM   #52 (permalink)
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I have had meniscus surgery twice. Once on my left and once on my right.

MAKE SURE you educate yourself and faithfully follow all of the seemingly annoying rehab. The most important part of the rehab process is working on the small muscle groups and implementing all of the appropriate exercises. It's much more enticing to just hit the gym and do all of the "obvious" leg workouts, but that is a mistake. Leg curls, extensions, lunges, squats, those things only help later and in conjunction with the "small muscle" exercises.

Also get your motion back within 48 hours. It will help avoid blood clots and speed recovery. Check out Duke University, they did a study on their athletes recovery from meniscus surgery and its really enlightening. I followed their program and was boarding after 6 weeks. They recommend being on a stationary bike after the first 48 hours (lightly) and it works. If you skip any rehab it will set you back exponentially.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:27 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Default I just had my knee examined...

with what sounds like the exact same symptoms. I figured it was a meniscal tear on the medial left knee, which is my front foot knee. I went to an orthopedist after 6weeks in pain. With only Xrays and physical tests he determined I had no tear, but pain from overuse on a normally degenerative posterior medial meniscus for my age of 41 and activity level.

I was pretty set on getting a 2nd opinion and/or MRI because it was just killing me- limping most of the time, no way I could run or ride. So my wife throws out going gluten free for a week to see if it helped. A friend of ours swears it rid his knees of arthritic pain. I think American pussy, fad, alergen diets are terrible, but... after two days of zero gluten my knee feels at least 60-70% better.

Could be just coincidence. But it's the first day my knee has begun to feel better in almost 2 months. Gluten free beer sucks though. The only thing I've found that's OK so far is Omission Pale Ale at $10 a six pack.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:05 PM   #54 (permalink)
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OK, so I go see the orthopedist yesterday and it's a bucket-handle tear of the medial meniscus in my right knee. Not surprisingly, the doc (he's a skier and specializes in sports medicine) wants to scope my knee. Here's an image from the MRI that shows the tear:



I spoke with him about non-surgical options and he said that we could try rehab but that it would take weeks to see if it would be sufficient to heal me up. If rehab doesn't work, I'd end up going under the knife anyway and the season would be wasted. If I go under the knife he says that he wouldn't recommend getting back on a board in two weeks (depending on what they find once they're inside my knee and the rehab) but he could see me back riding within a month - if all goes well. While getting back on my board this season is a factor the larger issue is my job. I'm a technical trainer for an optical machinery manufacturer and I'm on my feet a lot and travel a fair amount. While a non-surgical option would be preferable I don't think I can wait weeks and still do my job effectively.

So after taking some time to deliberate I'm going to have the surgery done this coming Thursday, 1/16. I'll use this thread to share my experiences as I go through this ordeal if anyone is interested.

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Old 01-11-2014, 10:38 PM   #55 (permalink)
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GL man, hopefully it's a quick and easy surgery. Just make sure you have all the post surgery stuff planned out.
Like who's gonna do your rehab etc etc....
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Day 1

So I had my meniscus procedure done this morning. Got to the hospital at 5:45am to go through all of the pre-op stuff and the doctor started the procedure at 7:30am. It took all of 16 minutes and I woke up at about 8:30am. I felt a little groggy but other than that no real issues. Had a short appointment with one of the rehab people and she gave me a list of exercises that I should do at home. At this point I don't have any rehab sessions set up - they will evaluate me in a week to see how I'm progressing.

Got home and iced it for 30 minutes and am now doing the light exercises that they gave me. I'll be switching between exercise/ice at certain intervals over the next couple of days transitioning to exercise only as the suture pain and swelling subsides.

So far, so good.......
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So far, so good.......
best of luck mate. did you get any cool pics of the inside of your knee. my mate just had surgery for a torn ACL and the pics from the keyhole surgery camera look awesome
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Day 2

Thanks for the kind words.

The doc did take pics of the inside of my knee and I hope to get my hands on them at some point and will post them.

I feel pretty good this morning. Got up and did my exercises and am going to go into work. I sit most of the day so it shouldn't be a problem. I haven't needed to use crutches and I'm able to get my leg bent past 45 degrees. I get to remove the dressing tomorrow morning and am then going to go to the gym and do some light work on the stationary bike as recommended
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Day 3

Things are progressing nicely. I'm continuing to do my exercises and my range of movement continues to improve. I don't really have any pain but it's a little stiff at times. I got a prescription for 40 Vicodin but haven't had it filled. I've been using over the counter pain relievers - narcotics scare me. I'm able to walk OK and go up and down stairs without much trouble.

I took off the dressings this morning and here's what it looks like:

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Nice. let me know if you have any questions.
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