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Among the most common orthopedic surgical procedures is arthroscopic knee surgery. Arthroscopic knee surgery is most commonly performed to removed torn cartilage within the knee. The procedure, called a menisectomy, is done using a small camera that allows the surgeon to remove the damaged cartilage through a small incision. Here are answers to some common questions about arthroscopic knee surgery...
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December 7, 2007 at 7:06 pm
(1) Yvonne says:

I had authoscoptic knee surgery 5 months ago , why are they telling me I have to take 2,000 millagrams of arthromission before I have my teeth cleaned , just a normal cleaning , had other surgeries never had to do that , please answer before Monday …Thank you

December 11, 2007 at 9:42 pm
(2) orthopedics says:

You should ask your doctor why this is being asked of you. In general, antibiotic prophylaxis is only needed after joint replacement surgery:
http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipkneereplacement/f/antibiotics.htm

Regards,

Jonathan Cluett, M.D.
About Orthopedics

April 3, 2008 at 8:41 pm
(3) CAROL ANN says:

If after having had discomfort and pain for over two months, the knee feels better, should artroscopic surgery still be done? The MRI states extensive tear of the body and posteriorhorn of the medial meniscus and significant hyaline cartilage pathology in the medial compartment on the femoral side.

April 5, 2008 at 8:16 pm
(4) orthopedics says:

If there is no pain or discomfort than there is often no need for surgery. Many patients have meniscus tears, but no pain. If this is the case, then surgery is often not needed. This is something you should discuss with your doctor.

Regards,

Jonathan Cluett, MD

June 14, 2008 at 10:47 pm
(5) Christi says:

I slipped and fell down the stairs in my home one week ago. During the fall, I hit my knee on the stair railing. I have two bruised on the top of my knee where it hit. When I landed – my right knee was bent at a 45 degree anlge and my foot behind me. X-rays showed no broken bones, etc. I still have severe pain – even with ant-inflammatories, pain meds, ice, and elevation. The pain is constant – not just when I walk or bend the knee. I can isolate a very tender spot on the inside of my knee. Can you give me any indication of what could be injured and if surgery is probable?

July 21, 2008 at 9:40 am
(6) S. Spratt says:

I had arthroscopic knee surgery a week ago today. I thought it was a minor surgery but was in extreme pain the night of the procedure and moderate to severe pain thereafter. A couple of days after the procedure, the knee seemed better but there was a huge knot in my calf. It was so painful that it turned my stomach. I tried icing, elevating and everything I could think of. My doctor says I require a total knee replacement. I don’t think so. The physiotherapist said that the inflammation had travelled down into my calf and that was the problem. Is that a sign of a blood clot??

August 8, 2008 at 1:27 pm
(7) Rich Wanta says:

I have had knee pain for roughly a year and have decided to have surgery even though my mri shows nothing. along with the pain there is mild swelling and buckling and catching in my knee. Do you think the surgery is the right way to go?

August 9, 2008 at 7:42 pm
(8) Amy says:

I have been on anti-inflammatories since May with no relief in sight..the pain when I drive more than 10 minutes is horrible. The orthopedist says I should have the arthoscopic done…I thought this was a test not actual surgery. Should I do this?

August 9, 2008 at 9:42 pm
(9) Daisy Verdoner says:

I had arthroscopic surgery 6 weeks ago to clean up a torn meniscus and rough bone…It actually feels worse now than before. I cannot walk for more than 5-10 minutes without severe pain. I’ve had physical therapy, acupuncture and do stretches and exercises at home daily. I’m at a loss now for what to do next. Any ideas?

August 15, 2008 at 11:06 pm
(10) Georgia Wilson says:

I have had two arthrocscopic knee surgeries. First one 6 years ago in Palm Springs. There were two torn menicscus repaired. I was walking and did not need anything but asprin for a couple days. This time was 10 weeks ago. I am getting better but still in pain. There was a torn menicscus and arthritis. I don’t understand what has happened.

September 11, 2008 at 1:54 pm
(11) AARON says:

I had my ACL replaced a few years ago. Since then I have had off and on issues behind my knee in the “fold” of my leg. It feels like a ligament or meniscus is catching on something and won’t allow me to straighten my leg. It is very painful and causes swelling. Usually I sit down and slowly straighten my leg, then something pops and everything is fine again. However, the most recent episode happened about two weeks ago and isn’t getting better. Any ideas of what the issue is? Thanks!

September 16, 2008 at 4:27 pm
(12) Maria says:

Can anyone help me? I tripped and twisted my left knee in Aug of 06. I had problems with my knee catching.I would have to wiggle my leg around to get it to let loose.I then went to an orthopaedic Dr. who had me get x-rays which showed nothing then an mri which again showed nothing.At this point on nov of 06 we agreed to do orthoscopic surgery.I had some synovial fluid removed and what he called a small abnormality.I then fell down the stairs in Dec of 06 and again had problems with catching so i had 7mo of P.T. which didnt help.I then had another mri which to my dissapointment showed nothing again.The Dr. and i decided to go ahead and on june 18th 0f 08 try another scope surgery where he cleaned out a little stuff.I’am still having lots of catching in my knee sometimes very painfull.I think my Dr. is very good and he seems to be at a loss as much as me at this point.He said the knee looked good when he went in.WHAT IS GOING ON THEN???? This is affecting my opportunity for job advancement and my everyday activities!! Please help!! Thankyou,
Maria

September 21, 2008 at 9:22 pm
(13) Tammy says:

Is there any way that I could have been living with a torn acl without knowing it? I have to fight worker’s comp from a fall I took in April this year. I saw a doctor for knee pain last July, no exam, no tests, no further contact, but they’re saying “pre-existing condition” HUH??
Isn’t there a way to tell that it was a “fresh” tear or old injury? (even if I’m wrong?)

September 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm
(14) orthopedics says:

Not all people with ACL tears will have symptoms. In fact, it is quite common for people to feel much better after recovering from the acute pain of an ACL tear.

Studies can be done to determine if an ACL tear is a new injury (within about 8 weeks old), but after that time, most ACL tear will look the same. Determining when a tear occurred is best accomplished by taking a careful history from a patient to determine when the knee was injured.

Regards,

Jonathan Cluett, M.D.
About Orthopedics

October 2, 2008 at 5:28 am
(15) Anthony says:

I have experienced knee pain for the last 2 years. I do not remember the injury happening, just that for a few weeks I was in a lot of pain. The pain subsided and now is only a problem when walking upstairs, cycling and walking after sitting down for a period of time. I tried to kick a soccer ball around in the park and when I bent my leg from a standing position away from my body (about waist height) in a quick motion to control the ball I had a shooting pain through my leg and I could not stand up for a few minutes.I have had an x-ray and MRI and it showed fluid in the inner part of my right knee but no tear/damage. I had arthroscopic knee surgery and the knee was cleaned out and some cartilage removed but this was a guess said my doctor as the knee looked fine. I have recovered from surgery and the problem is the same as it has always been. Even my physio cannot help. Any ideas what I have done or what I can do to fix this?

November 8, 2008 at 1:54 pm
(16) Lorna Gill says:

A month ago I fell and struck my knee. Lots of pain at first. I cannot put pressure on my knee and now have an accumulation of fluid on my knee. Should I see a doctor?

November 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm
(17) sammy says:

about 1 month ago while playing basketball i fell n realized that i could,nt stand on my left leg. when i went to the doctor he told me i had an acl tear but he did,nt tel me anything about the surgery.but now i can move my leg to n fro i have no swellings n i dont seem to have any pain is it necessary 4 me to do a surgery or can i jus go 4 a physiotheraphy doing knee exercises n complete rest for 2 months can it cure ma knee

November 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm
(18) Lisa Barnett says:

I had arthroscopy on both knees 9 weeks ago. The surgeon said he was pleased with the results and that I should have no further problems and be able to return to dancing. I have returned to work (teaching), been doing the exercises prescribed by the physiotherapist, and taken gentle walks. I am beginning to feel the sensations of tightness and slight pain in the knees that I had before the operation. Please advise: I am getting quite depressed about this.

December 3, 2008 at 10:53 pm
(19) nick says:

hi i’ve recently had surgery on my right knee the doctor said that he had to clean vertical and horintal tears in my medial miniscus. the problem i hda be for surgery was i couldnt kick a soccer ball which is a huge issue for me since soccer is my passion. i’m at 4 weeks after surgery an i have this bad feeling its not fixed but i have not challenged it eighter… any thoughts would be appreciated
thanks
nick

January 4, 2009 at 1:17 pm
(20) Rick says:

I had surgery on my knee about 3 weeks ago and am worse than I was before surgery. I had what was told to me a simple scope and medial miniscus surgery and after I saw my doctor he released me back to work with no restictions. I am having a hot shooting pain down my leg and it feels like I have no stability in the knee. I told my dr. I had a hard time getting to the office that day and he said nothing about it. I now am off work again and can not carry anything when I walk because of the pain. My knee feels like everything below is jambing up into it and I need my cruches to walk any distance. Any help here???

February 4, 2009 at 5:55 pm
(21) Mike Hall says:

I had arthroscopic knee surgery in 2003 due to an injury. Since I have been triggering metal detectors at airports, which has been a bit of a hassle. To my knowledge my simple procedure did not include any metal installations, and found no evidence when reviewing my operation procedure details. Personel wanding indicated metal in my knee on every occurence, and was passed off by security as “we have a knee”, and I was then allowed to continue. Any ideas on what may have been installed during my arthoscopic surgery, and should I have been told clearly by my surgeon? Thanks

February 12, 2009 at 3:19 pm
(22) john says:

I had arthroscopic surgery done on my right knee approx 3.5 yrs ago to clean up torn meniscus. Before, I just had tightness in my knee,now I have tightness and pain. I think they clean out the knee so much that there is no buffer between leg bones. What I’m left with is bone on bone and significant pain while skiing which I love to do. I’m very sorry I had surgery.

February 15, 2009 at 10:35 pm
(23) James says:

hi had this problem with my knee that seems to settle down before returning out of nowwhere!! I plau soccer and it is really fustrating! the sensation is that of a catching/crunching feeling, which prevents full extension of my righ leg! this problem also gives me pain deep in the underside of my knee. Just wondering what advice i should take on the matter?

March 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm
(24) RAUL TORRES says:

I had surgery on july 27th for a total knee reconstruction my mcl pcl and acl. i did everything the drs suggested therapys i thought i did everything right but i had an mri a week ago and it comes back to my dr stating that i dont have an acl so im thinking did he replace that one the first time around. Well he wants to perform another surgery for that and he cant give me an explaination on why its missing he wants to replace it with an alograph i think thats what its called. can someone answer this please thank you…

March 26, 2009 at 9:07 am
(25) p bruton says:

my daughter had knee surgeon
she torn her meniscus n her acl which was fix by having a c. graft and she torn her anterior cruciate ligament. the docter fix everything but said she had to wait one year before she can play any type of games is this right because this means she will miss next year to in school games

March 31, 2009 at 1:00 am
(26) Arvind says:

Dear Sir: On December 2008, I had knee surgery by artheroscopy method for torn meniscus in the rt. knee. Still, I had severe pain in my rt.knee especially after sitting for while. When I get-up, I can not put pressure on my knee– lots of pain. After some time the pain subsides and sometime it remains. I thought, after artheroscopy, the pain goes away 95%. Can some one out there can tell me what to do next. Do I have to live my whole life with pain. I was advised by someone to try Synvisc injections.Thanks

April 2, 2009 at 1:44 pm
(27) lotus says:

I just saw my surgeon a couple of days ago and he suggested an arthoscopic surgery. I’ve had one done 6yrs ago by someone else and it was good for few yrs then I started getting pains when I squat down which I can’t do anymnore. I’ve been having pains toward the inside of my Right Knee especially while in driving in slow traffic also while sitting for long.
I had an MRI and it showed that I have a Baker’s Cyst also as my dr showed me lots of inflamation around my knee. He wants to get in and see what’s going on.. the MRI did’nt show a meniscus tear per say but he said I could have one but again he wont know till he looks in. I was determind not to go for it and leave it alone for now but my therapist which I trust with my life he adviced me to go for it since he’s a great dr and the longer I wait, I can develop artheritis which I don’t want..
So, after finally changing my mind about it after talking to a lot of people and I was reading all the postings here today while I was waiting from someone from the dr’s office to call for a date for surgery then I guess all of the readings here got me scared and I kind of backed out especially that I have an event to attend in June and I’m travelling for it and don’t want to not enjoy it in case something goes wrong or I’m not feeling well.

The nurse gave an appt for April 22nd but I decided to wait till July after my event..
Am I being silly or ridiculous or I’m right!

Please I need someone’s opinion on this…
Thanks so much..

God bless..

April 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm
(28) Mark says:

I hurt my knee jumping and landing akwardly playing baseball. it swelled up and the x-rays were negative. I was told i had a sprain and waited 10 days before i scheduled another appointment because i wasnt healing and cant bend my knee. My doc told me i needed orthoscopic knee surgery and that i had a miniscus tear. I never had an MRI done so how can any doctor tell me i need surgury before even knowing exactly whats wrong?

April 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm
(29) tessa says:

I had arthrospcopic surgery done on my right knee Jan. 22nd. My surgeon said he did a grade II/III chondroplasty. He also said he has never seen so much arthritis in someone as yound as me (im 30). My knee still keeps swelling and it hurts all the time and I thought the surgery would fix it but why am I still in so much pain. He has me taking 400mg of Aleve b.i.d but that doesnt help what can I do to get out of pain?

May 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm
(30) Mary says:

About 1 Ĺ years ago, I had anthroscopic surgery to clean up a torn meniscus in my right knee. In the post-surgery follow ups, the surgeon said everything seemed to be healing fine. But months later, I returned to the surgeon complaining that I couldnít fully extend my knee or flex it. He told me to sit in a chair, and work on bending it back and told me I would be fine. Months later, I returned to my sports med doc to explain about not being able to fully extend my knee or flex it. If I sit on the floor and extend both legs out, my right knee sits up higher off the floor than the left. It seems tightness in my upper calf, behind my knee (the area in the back of my knee in the bend) and my lower hamstring seems to be preventing me from fully flexing my knee. If I kneel on the floor and try to go back on my heels, I canít. When I walk for more than 30 minutes, the tightness builds. I stop to work it out by bending my knee, bringing my foot to my butt. If I stand for any length of time, the tightness returns. Getting into a car is difficult because itís hard to bend my knee because of this tightness/tenderness.

My doc referred me to physical therapy. After more than six months, three different PTs worked on some bio-mechanical issues but the tightness behind my leg persisted.

The irony is that I was able to return to running. Granted, my runs are much slower. I suspect because Iím not running efficiently. I was able to run my annual fall marathon. Slowly, of course. The last six miles is always hard but I could feel the tightness in the upper calf, behind my knee and lower hamstring.

Afterwards, I went in search of answers for this issue. Because traditional PT didnít have an affect, I went to a kinesiologist/sports trainer who is a convert of whatís called Z-health. I was willing to give non-traditional therapy a shot. His advice about dumping my orthotics and running in Nike Free, including marathons, seemed a bit out there for me. But he was able to get me to reactivate my glutes, which my sports med doc had hopes that the traditional PT could fix. And he worked on engaging my abs and getting my breathing to go deeper. But again, no fix for the tightness behind my leg.

So four weeks ago, I decided to try a different hamstring stretch in hopes of returning better flexibility and maybe ending the tightness. Instead, I did something very wrong and pulled the muscle. I havenít been able to run for four weeks. Kind of makes me mad because at least I could run before.

Iím extremely frustrated because it seems there should be an answer to this problem. Last year, my sports med doc gave me a cortisone shot in my knee and I was able to finally able to extend my leg enough to walk down steps without a limp. Iím thinking about going back and getting another shot in hopes maybe it would cure the rest of my problem. But it seems foolish when no one seems to know what the problem is.

Sorry about the length of this comment but I wanted you know whatís been done. Iíve never posted on a blog like this but at this point, I figure I have nothing to lose.

Thanks.

May 23, 2009 at 11:47 pm
(31) Emily says:

i had arthroscopic knee surgery to remove the plica from my rt. knee in december of 2008 and i did pt for about 2 and 1/2 months and i just recently got released from my doctor about 2 weeks ago but my knee is still killing me. it never hurt when i was at the doctor and i couldn’t really explain it in a way that he could understand. i played softball for a city leauge for about 2 months… but why is it still bothering me what should i do??

May 25, 2009 at 11:24 am
(32) mary says:

I had arthroscopic knee surgery 15 weeks ago
and still have problems walking, the knee
swells up and painful and if I sit for awhile it stiffens up and extremely painful while i’m
trying to straightened it out. Doctor claims it will be afew more months for healing.
I had a torn cartilage and scaping of arthritis.

June 18, 2009 at 12:32 am
(33) kristi says:

Good advice from everyone. To help answer one or two questions I was told by my physical therapist that after you get your ACL replaced (I got cadaver parts) that over the next 6 weeks it actually gets weaker b/c your body has to basically “receive” it, grow blood vessels thru it and all…and that it would be weak for a while after but should not cause more pain. I had my ACL replaced and 2 other ligaments that I tore completely with cadaver parts. I had surgery just on Monday and yes I know I”m on pain meds, but I can already tell you my knee feels better! It hurts less with all these staples and all in it walking than when I was walking around w/ it injured. My Dr. actually showed me my MRI and gave me all the pros/cons of having surgery and not having surgery. I’m 31, so I decided to have the surgery since I will recover quickly. I also did PT for a month before my surgery, which helped prepare my leg muscles so I think that’s helping with the pain.

June 20, 2009 at 8:23 pm
(34) Tammy says:

Had a lateral release done along with extensive cleanup of torn cartalidge in my left knee in February. The doctor was hoping to buy me some time before having to do a knee replacement. Four months later I am still in lots of pain, trouble even more with stairs and the knee catches and gives way even more now. I am only 44 which is partly why they are waiting, should I push for the replacement?

July 13, 2009 at 9:23 pm
(35) J says:

I had arthroscopic surgery for meniscus repair 10 months ago. My knee still clicks and is painful to unclick, it swells, I cannot extend it fully and from knee down is most of the time numb and tingly. What is wrong and why has it not healed properly by now. I even lost 25 pounds since surgey to see if that would help.. but no difference

July 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm
(36) Tricia says:

I have been having swelling in pain of my right knee for two months, with no apparent cause of injury. My primary care physician ordered an x-ray, which was normal. I was referred to an ortopedist, who ordered an MRI. The radiologist report stated there were no problems, so I have been doing physical therapy for 5 weeks with no relief. I returned to the ortophedist to have him take another look at the MRI, and he believes there is a problem with my PCL. I injured the right knee about 14 years ago, and have had minor issues with it since – occasional pain or minor swelling. My ortophedist believes the PCL was injured in the previous incident, with my tibia sitting too far back and causing my to rub and cause my swelling and pain.

He is recommending arthropsopic surgery to try and repair any damage to the PCL. In searching online, I see that this is fairly uncommon, and used only in acute injuries. My pain and swelling are definitely problematic, but not severe. I am young and would prefer to have any problems fixed now, but I am uncertain if the surgery is the best way to go. With no relief from physical therapy, are there other options to consider to bring me relief without surgery?

August 6, 2009 at 5:19 pm
(37) emily says:

To Tricia:
Could the swelling possibly be from Arthritis? I would have that ruled out first before surgery.

August 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm
(38) Troy says:

I had arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn medial miniscus a month ago. I still have a lot of pain and stiffness in the knee joint, and sometimes sharp pain in my kneecap. My quad muscle does not seem to be working right, going down stairs is a real problem. I went to the doctor two days ago and he thought everything seemed to be okay and that I just needed to keep bending it and trying to work out the pain, he even suggested running,so I tried and almost fell down. I am seriously thinking about getting a second opinion. I have had several friends that had the same thing done and did not have these problems. Has anyone else had the quad muscle problem ? It just tends to give out at times, and is very sore.

August 11, 2009 at 7:32 pm
(39) Tre says:

I hurt my knee playing basketball and the MRI indicated that I have torn cartilage and will need arthroscopic surgery. How long after surgery will I be able to resume activities?

August 12, 2009 at 12:31 pm
(40) Sophia Champsi says:

My son has a broken anterior knee ligament and a torn meniscus at the “cuerno” horn? He has had an MRI and he has been told that he has to have knee surgery. We are considering having it done privately here in Spain as the waiting list for the op is very long and my son is returning to do his last year Uni on 1st October to do his practicals in Dental School. However, we plan to fly to the USA end of August. What I would like to know is, how much would it cost to have an op in the USA and what is the recuperation time?

August 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm
(41) carla says:

I had Arthroscopic surgery 2 weeks ago I still have locking of the knee when getting off couch or getting out of car what does this mean?

September 24, 2009 at 9:13 pm
(42) Ester says:

Hello. I just received my MRI Results indicating that I have a 100% in my ACL and in the medial compartment, I have an oblique tear in the posterior horn of my Meniscus.

The doctor did not tell me much. All he told me was that I was getting knee surgery and that I would have a consultation with an Orthopedic Surgeon in two months.

Can you give me a timeline of what I should expect down the road before my Surgery and post-surgery?

September 30, 2009 at 10:57 pm
(43) Cathy says:

I’m having a 2nd arthoscopic knee surgery in 2 days. I’m very scared because I had the 1st one almost a year ago, and my knee has been painful and my quality of life has deteriorated! Why does a surgery make you feel worse? My new doctors seems to think that he wll be able to help me, and I hope and pray that after this surgery I will be able to “dance” again the way I used to before my 1st surgery! I hope I’m making the right decision!!!

October 1, 2009 at 10:03 am
(44) Altamese Richey says:

1.)I had arthroscopic knee surgery 5yrs ago and still have problems walking, the knee swells up and painful and if I sit for awhile it stiffens up and extremely painful while Iím trying to straightened it out.
2.)Now my right knee is bending inward almost touching the left, can this be corrected with surgery, a therapies or wearing a brace?

November 9, 2009 at 11:05 am
(45) Janice says:

Both of my fathers knees are bone to bone. He is 89 years old and is too old for knee replacement. What else can be done ? He has braces for both knees, but still has so much pain. He had 5 shots done on his left knee, and t. We have had xrays and it does show bone to bone on both knees.that did not help all that much. He has always been a very active man. He also played golf about three days a week until a week ago. That is when the other knee started hurting him. The xrays show bone to bone on both knees. What can be done to allow him to stay active and enjoy what life he has left?

November 20, 2009 at 8:24 pm
(46) Marie says:

I first had arthroscopic surgery 25 years ago for a plica and chondromalacia. It was great and I was back to walking normall withing a few days. Six weeks ago I had surgery on the same knee for a small medial meniscus tear and they found chondrocalcinosis (crystals in the knee). I do PT daily and am still having trouble walking, don’t have the same range of motion and am concerned that I won’t get back to normal. Same surgeon, same knee, and I can’t believe that it is just because I am older.

November 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm
(47) angela says:

Im 22 years old and have had 3 knee surgery in the past 5 years.. I am right now about 6 weeks out from the 3rd one.. But I still have a lot of pain.. I dont know why or if this is something that Im going to have to deal with for the rest of my life.. is there anything that I can do to cut back on some of this pain? It is really effecting my life.

December 7, 2009 at 10:48 pm
(48) Valerie says:

I feel so sorry for the 22 year old – I’m 61. I do hope you can get some kind of relief. I’m sure it is effecting your life in every way as it is mine. I had Arthroscopic surgery for meniscus repair 3 weeks ago & I am in more pain than I’ve ever had in my life. I’d rather have both my hips replaced again than this surgery. I can take 2 percocet & 4 Advil & only have the pain reduced 50% for about 2 hours. I saw the surgeon today & he gave me a steroid injection. I am willing to do ANYTHING at this point. I too wish I hadn’t had the surgery. I would rather have lived with the pain I had prior to the surgery.

January 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm
(49) letta says:

I am 20 years old and I had arthroscopic surgery 2 years ago on my right knee for patellar tendinitis. i did physical therapy before and after my surgery but even today I am still in pain, pain that i dont want to get out of bed sometimes. My right knee feels as if its grinding and it is excruciating pain. I went to my orthopedic over the summer and he told me he does not knw what the problem is and there is nothing else he can do for me. I know there is something wrong but i just need answers, if anyone can help me please leave a comment.

January 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm
(50) Maxwell says:

Hello to all concerned, I am currently having pain on my right knee. There is no swelling, and the pain comes from mostly on the inside of the leg. I had this pain abut a year ago, and then it seemed to be okay. The pain has now come back with really no reason. It has lso subsided somewhat, bu still there. Not sure what to do about it. I can still go for short walks without pain. I know I have to seek medical attention. But not sure what it is I have.

January 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm
(51) Suzy says:

Two months ago I had arthopedic surgery on my right knee. I had a small tear in my miniscus and severe arthritis. My knee still swells and I have quite a bit of pain. I thought it would be feeling much better by now. I am 63, but still very active and it has really affected my life. Is there anyone out there with some encouragement?

January 16, 2010 at 4:38 am
(52) ahenda says:

i had athroscopic knee surgery last week. i am a rugby addict. i want to go back and play the game i love. i just want to know how long will i sit outside the pitch? help me please…..

January 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm
(53) SARA ZAIDI says:

hi i am 19 years old girl and have sweelling in both knees alternativily very periodic since 11 months and my MRI report clear that there is 30 degree tear in posterior horn in medial meniscus and i have internal pain and somekind of external pressure so plz give me some advice.

March 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm
(54) Cory says:

I had arthroscopic surgery on my meniscus about a year ago and have recently gotten deeper into a workout regimen. I had bicycled before and now I am running on the treadmill. The problem is that my tibialis is getting a muscle pump and it becomes uncomfortable. Could this be shoe related as I dont think mine are wide enough but its only on the leg I had surgery on. Any thoughts or help?

March 29, 2010 at 2:45 am
(55) Heather says:

I had athroscopic surgery on 3/3/10. Torn meniscus. It went from the front to the back of the knee. Since the initial pain was the front, cartilage was taken from the front. I am going through P/T and not helping. I feel worse after all this and now the side to back of my knee is hurting. Will this ever go away or am I just impatient?

April 6, 2010 at 1:57 pm
(56) Bruce says:

15) Anthony. Perhaps it would be beneficial to have your back looked at. The sharp pain from the forward motion of your leg could be a nerve getting pinched in your lower back. I have lumbar stenosis, a narrowing of the space between vertebrae, and have had similar symptoms. Physical therapy alleviated symptoms.

April 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm
(57) crissy says:

hey im having my knee surgery tomor and im realy scaird but i didnt tair any thing its jus that my ligament is to long would i still have any problems afther my surgery???

May 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm
(58) Jazmine says:

I am 14 and I am having my first arthroscopic knee surgery June 1st, will I be able to go to summer camp on June 14?

May 19, 2010 at 7:14 am
(59) Amanda AF says:

I have had pain in my knee for many years. I have had many x-rays and mri’s. The doctor sais that nothing is showing up on either. The pain is slowly getting worse and it pops everytime i bend it. I know there has to be some cause to the pain….but what?

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June 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm
(61) Birgit says:

I just had arthroscopic surgery two days ago to clean out two tears in meniscus. My leg was swollen to toes before surgery, but now it is more swollen to the toes which makes it difficult to to the exercises. I have put on about 10 lbs of water weight with this swollen leg. Is this normal? Will the swelling disappear as the surgery heals? I am really worried about this. Icing does not seem to alleviate the swelling at all. I would love to have a pred shot to get rid of the swelling. Would that be allowed?

June 11, 2010 at 12:30 am
(62) Mr Smith says:

I had arthroscopic surgery to my knee because of a torn meniscus 6 months ago. After surgery my knee was numb and with pain and still is. The doctor kept telling me it was normal. I went to another doctor and he said I had a nuroma. He gave me a few shots but pain and numbness keep coming back.. My question is did the original doctor do something wrong or it is normal, my knee is 10 time worst than what it was.i feel as if the torn is still there ,worst than what it was.thank you for you help.

June 16, 2010 at 9:42 pm
(63) barb says:

Hi I fell injuring my knee way back in Feb it is now June
I am walking better but am unable to step up on stairs or stools etc starting out with that leg. and it has gotten to the point that i cant lift it to use brake pedal in car Is this arthritis or a bakers cyst or do you have any ideas
Thank you

June 21, 2010 at 1:36 am
(64) Lisa Northern says:

I had a knee scope and meniscious surgery on July 16th 2009,after the surgery the Doctor told me I did in fact have torn cartilage but he would rather wait until it worsened to fix this. My knee is and has been is worse pain since the operation and I still do not hhave full use of my knee and cannot kneel down and put any kind of preassure on this knee and on a daily basis I have swelling from minor like very little swelling to majot swelling where it looks like four or more times the size it should be,the falling is from other medical conditions,i am just concerned why I am having so much pain after surgery in this amount of time after surgery,at thime the screeking pain goes from my knee down to about my shin and other times it will shoot upwards into my hip area,I have not been able to go through a full course of physical theropy due to the pain and when xrayed they have foung nothing more than a sprain and the last time I had a fall it was comming down the stairs and my knee got trapped behind me and there was a loud pop and burning for days at lease and have a problem with my knee popping out to the left mind you this is my right knee I see a neuroligist and regular doctor and I do not seem to be getting anywhere,what type of doctor can give me a second opinion or what can I do to get some relief because I am now experiancing gringing and swelling in my left knee from depending on it so much and I am at a loss of where to go and what to do, signed concerned,confused and in pain!

August 12, 2010 at 9:19 am
(65) Diane says:

I’m 48 yrs. old & looking at having first arthroscopic knee surgery on next Friday. I am scared of not being able to do a lot of the things I used to do I love to travel by car. I love to sightsee and explore along the way. Will this surgery SLOW these things down? What do I do? The pain come in intervals but not on a daily bases but when it comes & my knee swells, it does it in high fashion. My concern is that I’ve had chemo & radiation & my bones have gotten weak from that. They say the heal time is no more than 7-10 days & should feel much better but I have alot of doubt & fear. Any suggestions?

August 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm
(66) Lateef says:

almost 2 years back i had a partial acl tear in my right knee, wid physical exercise it gets better, bt now it again get worst, somtime i can even walk after coming from work, should i go for the arthoscopic surgery??????

September 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm
(67) Nathan says:

Hi everyone,

I had arthroscopic surgery August 7, 2009. It was the biggest mistake of my life. To make a long story short, the doctor lied and made it seem like a simple office procedure. It turned out to be the fight of my life for over a year. I’m about 80% recovered thanks to a great doctor who gave me accupuncture and an injection. I’m still seeing him weekly. Now I’m able to go swimming and use a bike and elliptical (for 5 minutes each) with only minor pain. Also I had nearly 6 months of physical therapy which only helped a little. My recommendation about this crap is “Don’t doit!”. Before the surgery I only had pain for 2 seconds or so the day after playing tennis. Now I’m actually worse than before the surgery. The reality is that it can take years (more than 1) to recover.

Nathan

October 7, 2010 at 1:27 am
(68) Eber B. says:

Had the surgery done on knee 4 month ago,
still have a lot of pain walking, particularily stairs, down.
the knee is still swollen, surgeon does not seem to know what to do. Fluid was taken to check for passible infection, was negative. Now I am on an antibiotic, I am a little doubtful this will solve the problem but I have no choice, can anyone tell me what I can do.

October 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm
(69) Nancy says:

I’ve been diagnosed with severely torn meniscus and severe arthritic damage to the underside of my kneecap. I saw a sports med dr who wants me to have physical therapy for 4-6 weeks and after that ‘we’ll see what is next’. I’ve also seen a top orthopedic surgeon who has told me my condition will not heal with physical therapy and I need a full knee replacement (he’s pioneered a new technique which has become routine). Why am I not a candidate for arthroscopic surgery? I am 62 years old and my knee condition has worsened over the past few years, especially the last two and I am now unable to go up and down stairs, kneel (no gardening), I ‘shuffle’ when I walk with a cane.
nancy

October 8, 2010 at 10:52 am
(70) Rachel says:

I had plica removed from both knees about 12 years ago but the pian & swelling came back a year or two later & is now a consistant issue. I just recently got back health insurance but before I find a doctor, I’m curious to know if this can be the plica acting back up or something else this time? Please help.

November 1, 2010 at 11:45 am
(71) Nathan says:

I had arthroscopic surgery in August 2009 to fix a meniscus tear in my right knee. This was the biggest mistake of my life. I later found out that this surgery is not recommended for anyone over 40. It actually has the best chance of working if you’re in your 20s.

Before the surgery I only had pain the day after playing tennis and occasionally when walking down stairs. Now I have some pain all the time. I’ve spent many many months trying physical therapy, acupuncture, heat, cold, massage and injections but nothing brings it back to normal. I can’t stay on a treadmill for more than a few minutes or I’ll have serious pain for days. My advice to everyone is to get at least 2 opinions from doctors who are NOT surgeons. Surgeons will lie just to make a quick buck. Again I repeat DO NOT GET THIS SURGERY UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!!!

Best wishes to all.
Nathan

November 14, 2010 at 5:54 pm
(72) kim says:

i had athroscopy done in may 2009 for pain in my right knee.i use to be so active but was diagnosed with grade 3 osteo. but told i am too young for knee replacement. since having the athroscopy the pain has been horendous. my knee has become mishaped and has been swollen ever since it.i am now awaiting further surgery.(anthroscopy)under a new surgeon and i will t5hen need half replacement. i have read everyones comments on here about their experiences too. im glad im not the only one.i cannot kneel,straighten my leg,walk up and down stairs and have to rely on a walking stick im 45. best wishes to you all kim

November 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm
(73) Nathan says:

Kim I feel your pain since I’ve had a problem similar to yours but not as serious. Before you get any more surgery please consider trying something called “cold laser therapy”. I recently had 2 treatments from a physical therapist (after weeks of research) and I was surprised that I’m actually improving. My recommendation is NOT to have this done by a chiropractor because they are not as scientifically skilled as a physical therapist. I was also told not to expect instant healing and that it could take up to 30 treatments (2x per week) to truly get back. I could tell you a lot more but I’d have to write a book about my experience here. All I can say is to do a lot more research before you opt in for more surgery. Also here is a post from another website for you to think about.

Don’t get any surgery without getting a second opinion or you may regret it forever. What they (surgeons) call cleaning may in fact make you much worse forever! Get that 2nd and even a 3rd or 4th opinion. Don’t say when it’s too late that you weren’t warned. I wish someone would have told me this before my surgery.

There are definitely many other options. Do the research carefully before committing yourself to a lifetime of pain. AND PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND RESEARCH. Another option is to seek out a doctor who specializes in “rehabilitation”. Don’t bother with an untrained chiropractor who can just make you much worse.

November 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm
(74) Deb says:

3 weeks ago i had a knee arthroscopy for a posteria horn meniscus tear. To be honest, i am still having pain on and off and have a swollen knee. I agree you have to look at all the information. However , i felt at the time i had no choice it was so painfull . It is less pain now. Im a very fit person and and young 50 plus . My quilality of life was getting worse week by week. If you are at a point where the pain is not so bad then do not. If it so painfull you are really affected and limping and waking up all the time it needs to be done . This is my own view point, we all have diffrent pain threasholds. In March i had a Cortosone this helped for 6 weeks aprrox ( Cyst) could not flex had to sleep with pillow support under knee. Then the same pain had MRI . I was put on urgent list. I had a good knee Surgeon . Ive had some down days . I have some way to go i know .My knee will never be 100% but im not waking up in pain so this great for me. I am really in to sports , my swimming is great no probs cant tumble turn . I can not do the stairs yet but almost. But it is very important to do rehab like other post say and listern to your body its the best thing . They say you may have discomfort and some pain after op. You may need cruthers. “Yes” I did it was not nice , it all depends on what was done and age , fitness level and so on . I did not expect that . I can now strighten my leg .The body takes time to heal.

Best of luck to any one who is thinking of having this done.

December 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm
(75) Alayna says:

Okay, I’m 13 and I had this surgery done about a week ago. Should I be happy with the results? Or will something go wrong after I am fully healed because reading all these comments isn’t making me so confident.

December 12, 2010 at 11:52 am
(76) anon says:

Alayna because you are so young you will recover (hopefully with minimum or no permanent damage). However it could take 6 months, a year or more depending on the surgery. Also you may need other therapies to speed up recovery. Don’t hesitate to get other doctors opinions if necessary.

December 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm
(77) Deb says:

Alayna sorry you had to have this done at such a young age. You say “should you be happy”, only you will know that. What I can say is I did my post 20th Nov , Im doing well its take time . I also had this done when I was 20 yrs and I was out running within weeks and back to teaching in the fitness industry . The same knee at 25 yrs a piece of bone taken out of my knee at the back. This was open surgery and took me longer to recover. I was still running and teaching in a few months . I injured my self always in sports. My advise dont read these comments most of us are old (compared to you )
I want to do my Thiathlon spring of next year . Thats posative isnt it ?
Take care

January 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm
(78) Christy says:

My 14 yr old daughter is a dancer and has been having knee pain.. i took her to the doctor and they ordered an MRI which she is having in 2 days.. doctor said he thinks it may be a patella cyst.. her knee cap is not centered it sits to the left in the x rays.. i am very nervous and she is scared she will never be able to dance again.. Can this cyst be treated with medicine or how do they treat them if in fact we find out there is one after the MRI
Thanks for your help

February 12, 2011 at 10:54 am
(79) jess says:

I’ve had two knee surgery’s. one on each knee. My first one was a torn ACL and my second one was a torn meniscus and torn PCL. after both of my surgery’s i have to say i’ve never felt better. It helped me so much, i mean i had discomfort but it was nothing compared to the pain i felt before my surgery.

March 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm
(80) clady says:

had arthroscopic surgery15 weeks ago, had to have kneed drained 3 weeks ago, swelling, fluid, tightness and pain back again. What is the fix for this problem?

March 31, 2011 at 3:19 pm
(81) momoftwinboys says:

I just had mechanical chondroplasy, inside ligament partial medial meniscectomy removal and microfracture on Monday. My doctor said I could walk as weight bearing is tolerated. Do I need to keep all weight off my knee if I have had microfracture? All my research online seems to suggest that is the case.
Thank you for you time!

May 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm
(82) Ma says:

I’m not seeing any answer from questions, but I hope I get an answer from the doc. I am 10 days out from an open lateral rerelease with a partial patellar facectomy. My insurance doesn’t cover physical therapy. I’m in desperate help of finding some exercises . I cant seem to get much movement on trying to bend my knee, and to be honest, not sure how to get it to bend without force. Which I do, but want to know what is expected daily and how much bend should I have in one week of forcing the straightening and bending. Am I doing damage to my patella or risking damage to where the tendon was cut? please, please advise me on what kind of movement is normal if I force my leg to bend daily.
Also, putting any type of pressure behind the knee (which is a huge bruise) and my IT band is terribly tender. What should I be expecting to feel. I wish I could afford a PT, but I can’t. I’m apersonal trainer, and I can do my strength training, but I don’t know about the Therpy part and don’t want to injure myself. Thank you for any advise you can give.
M.A.

May 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm
(83) Anne says:

I had a meniscectomy and some frayed cartilidge cleaned up about 2 wks ago and I am in therapy twice a week but my knee is still stiff and a little swollen in my right knee. I am suppose to go back to work but can only tolerate about ten minutes of flat walking without a cane.Is this normal after an arthoscopic procedure?

May 30, 2011 at 7:25 pm
(84) Casie says:

I had arthroscopic knee surgery 4 months ago and I am still having problems with a scar tissue knot popping when I bend and straighten my knee. I never had a popping feeling before my surgery, but now I do. The pop never hurt, but now I cannot even swim without it popping and hurting. I have heard of scar tissue having to be removed by having another surgery. Should I contact my doctor?

June 5, 2011 at 3:08 am
(85) Jenni says:

I had Arthroscopic knee surgery early December. Here it is June and I’m still in pain! I continue to have swelling behind the knee cap and lose the ability to lift my leg on occasion, just like before surgery! What’s going on?

June 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm
(86) TIFFANY says:

I FELL DIRECTLY ON MY RIGHT KNEE ON A MARBLE FLOOR OCT.20.2010 I HAVE HAD CONSTANT PAIN EVERYWHERE UP UNTIL AROUND THE END OF JANUARY 2011 NOW ITS JUST SERVERE PAIN IN THE INNER SIDE…THEY DID XRAYS AND MRI BUT STILL PAIN BUT STILL NO EXPLANATION.DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE

June 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm
(87) sherified says:

Wow – I have a torn miniscus (about an inch tear) and due for surgery to remove next week – after reading all this I’m scared to death now – does anyone have success stories – are only people with a bad experience posting comments? My pain is tolerable – now i’m afraid if i have surgery it’ll be worse than it is now after reading all this!

July 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm
(88) Ron says:

I injured my knee in February and had surgery May 6th for a torn meniscus. Doctor assured me it would be a simple procedure and I would be back to normal in 7-10 days. We discussed my rehab, as I am a 58 avid cyclist and golfer. He said to take it easy but that I could get on the bike for some easy riding in about 14 days and could build up from there. Well, as with most of the posts here it didn’t go so well. Ten days after surgery, I called the office to ask about the swelling and pain. I was told that was normal and that I could see the Dr. in about a week, I insisted and was allowed to take a cancellation appt. I actually saw a PA and had to ask to see the Dr. The PA said the swelling was normal and would go away on it’s own, glad I insisted on seeing the Dr, he immediately said I had a lot of fluid and that we should take it out. He withdrew 70ccs of blood and fluid from my knee, he didn’t have an explanation for the blood but was surprised. He then gave me a shot of cortisone in the knee to help. He also prescribed and anti-inflammatory for the continued swelling. You should read the side effects.

I asked about rehab and he said I didn’t need it, even though my right quad was at least 1.5 inches smaller than my left by this time. He just gave me a few exercises to do and said I had a little arthritis, use ice daily, rest, knee brace and elevate my left is possible.

It’s now been 2.5 months and I can hardly get around, can hardly for more than a couple hundred of yards, stairs are a killer and trying to carry anything heavy is absolutely painful. Golf is out of the question and I haven’t been able to get on my bike yet.

Bottom line is don’t do it unless you have to, the results could be worse than the problem!!

July 31, 2011 at 12:22 pm
(89) Shar says:

By all means, if your pain is tolerable and you are able to function, I recommend delaying surgery. I am 3-days post-op, and I share Ron’s (#88) sentiments. Thank God my bucket tear never produced pain, just a lot of swelling that limited my range of motion, but it has cont’d since surgery. Makes me wonder just exactly what dr. did in surgery since nothing seems to have changed. Said he cleaned up arthritis, but I wasn’t having problems from it anyway. Think I’ll just try doing stretching exercises and self-care…on the other hand, my 57-yr old girlfriend has had great results from her scope last year.

July 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm
(90) Christi says:

Back in Feb. I fell and caused a displaced flap tear in the postlateral horn meniscus area, basically the right side of my right knee. My knee hurt every where, however eventually the left side of my knee was the worst, it swelled, was stiff and didn’t allow me to straighten my leg. Due to ice/snow, couldn’t see an ortho doc ’til three days later. He didn’t even do x-rays, just wrapped my knee, which gave me more support to put more weight on it and ordered phys therapy. I only know I have a tear cause I went to two ortho surgeons to get an MRI ordered and opinions. The first surgeon said due to no pain where the tear is and it was small, he didn’t recommend surgery. The second ortho surgeon said the same, he said due to my age, I’m 34 and I wasn’t having symptoms at the time where the tear is, he also declined to do surgery. He suggested my pain and swelling on the left side of the knee as a possible sprained ligament since the MRI didn’t show any thing. Three weeks later I started having pain where my tear is and now the end of July when I get up and walk, it feels like the cartilage is shifting and I have some pain sometimes in the middle of the knee, then to top it all off, last night when bending down to pick up the water hose, I hurt my left knee, it hurt right in the middle.

July 31, 2011 at 1:16 pm
(91) Christi says:

Back in Feb. I fell and caused a displaced flap tear in the postlateral horn meniscus area, basically the right side of my right knee. My knee hurt every where, however eventually the left side of my knee was the worst, it swelled, was stiff and didn’t allow me to straighten my leg. Due to ice/snow, couldn’t see an ortho doc ’til three days later. He didn’t even do x-rays, just wrapped my knee, which gave me more support to put more weight on it and ordered phys therapy. I only know I have a tear cause I went to two ortho surgeons to get an MRI ordered and opinions. The first surgeon said due to no pain where the tear is and it was small, he didn’t recommend surgery. The second ortho surgeon said the same, he said due to my age, I’m 34 and I wasn’t having symptoms at the time where the tear is, he also declined to do surgery. He suggested my pain and swelling on the left side of the knee as a possible sprained ligament since the MRI didn’t show any thing. Three weeks later I started having pain where my tear is and now the end of July when I get up and walk, it feels like the cartilage is shifting and I have some pain sometimes in the middle of the knee, then to top it all off, last night when bending down to pick up the water hose, I hurt my left knee, it hurt right in the middle. Question is should I get arthroscopic surgery for my meniscus tear on my right knee? It’s a small tear, however due to the shifting feeling when I walk and sometimes it feels like it’s going to give way makes me thinK I should have it, any advice would be appreciative.

September 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm
(92) Laurie says:

I had knee surgery 2 years ago…not a knee replacement a partial and ever since then I have had to go in every 2 months to have it drained as it swells up and the place where it swells feels numb. I have had injections of sorts to try and stop it but it is not working. There is no pain just swelling and I keep it to 2 months as I really could go in about a week after being drained as it does fill up that fast.
I had fallen the day of surgery at the hospital and was never checked out while I was there, just sent home. It bled quite a bit during the week and went to DR.’s office and they cleaned and rewrapped it. What can be done about the swelling?

September 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm
(93) Sarah says:

I had arthriscopic surgery done 3 weeks ago from a torn miniscus and I’ve been doing pretty well except for when I bend my knee back from sitting to standing or bend when laying on my back. It has been catching a lot my physical therapist says that its normal but it has been happen more often than before and it is extremely uncomfortable. I would like to know anyone else has gone through this.

October 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm
(94) Chuck says:

I had arthoscopy on my left knee in Sept. 2005 after a simple twist caused meniscus tearing. The surgery went well but there was pain for a few weeks and agressive physical therapy. About a year later I was given a series of injections to help cushion the joint. This did not work very well. I went to a different, highly respected surgeon in a group that works on pro athletes. In Sept. 2009 I had another scope and there was same pain, a bit more than first, and hard pt. I started feeling sharp pain about 3 mos. ago and the same surgeon recommended a series of 3 weekly injections of Synvisc. Out of the thousands of patients he has worked with, I had a severe allergic reaction with 60 cc’s drained. Just had 3rd scope three days ago. Post surgical pain much worse. Dr. found new damage in meniscus plus lateral and patella issues. I hope this delays replacement. Anyone else out there with similar stories?

October 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm
(95) Chuck says:

I have just finished reading almost all of the posts here. As a former professional athlete I see a pretty clear pattern here. There are a lot of orthopedic surgeons out there that simply are below standard. Accept only the best.

Pain, swelling, stiffness to the knee is part of the process after surgery. But you have to keep moving the foot, slightly bending the knee a bit and elevating, icing and wrapping the joint to get off to the best result. Hard work in physical therapy is great, but more at home is necessary. Finally, a meniscus tear, if left unattended, will create or accelerate arthritus. Best of luck to all of you.

October 14, 2011 at 8:03 pm
(96) terry says:

fell on both knees in motion in a baseball game on june1,is now oct 5 and cannot kneelon either knee,piercing pain into muscle above knee,especially the left one which hit the ground first in the initial fall. Had xrays sept 1,showed no bone chips floating around ,cannot do a kneel on the left one at all and feels and looks like a rounded balloon when trying to kneel!!!Pain instantly.Hard to push myself up from a kneel,knee is very weak in muscular strength,hope to go for mri in november,need help to ease the discomfort if anyone has any input,couldnt walk straight down a flight of stairs for 3 months,went sideways to complete up or down flight,have tried everything,ice,rubs,aleve,tylenol,asa,ibuprofen,one prescription anti-inflammatory worked to mask the problem but when it runs out,back tosquare one,,,,HELP

November 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm
(97) Kelly says:

I’ve read all these comments and I’m rather uncomfortable with the idea of surgery also. However, I’ve just had to quit my school bus driving job on account of meniscus tear and it catching and giving out on me, which is very painful when that happens. I’m looking at using a wheelchair if I don’t get the surgery done. I’m 50 years old and not ready to resign myself to a wheelchair yet. My husband had arthoscopic surgery done and was very successful. My daughter also for patella scraping and was very successful. I’m booked with the same ortho surgeon that did theirs and I’m confident that mine will be successful also given enough time to heal properly. We are Canadian, where we don’t have too much choice and are given whoever to do the surgery. I feel we are still blessed. Best wishes to all those who are still in pain-my prayers are for you.

November 26, 2011 at 3:00 am
(98) Ali says:

I’m due for Arthroscopic surgery for a partial ACL and MCL tear I recieved in a fall at work. I’ll be in for surgery in 2 weeks time and after reading this and multiple sites, I’m now mortified about getting the surgery. My doctor has had the surgery himself and assured me it will be fine. I trust him, but I too feel like as uncomfortable as I am now do I want to chance worsening the pain/stiffness/locking/immobility. I just want to get back to work and my real life!

November 27, 2011 at 9:09 am
(99) elizabeth thornton says:

i had arthroscopie knee operation nearly two months ago and still having pain when i walk i am having physio three times a week it helps a lot with the pain after the massage and exercises but the pain comes back again i can not sit for a long time as my knee feels so thight and painful i am so dissapointed with the operation
i am taking plascledine once a day and i am hoping it will help after a while

December 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm
(100) Can't do anything says:

I am 41 and have had 2 previous arthoscopic surgeries on my left knee (original damage from a car accident). I now have a tear, a cyst and constant pain. My current knee doctor says that a 3rd surgery could do more damage than good. What is your thoughts?

January 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm
(101) Amir says:

Based on my reading different coments here plus my experience, the resault of Arthroscopy seems to be disapointed!
I did it on my left knee for washing-out the torn particles of ACL & Meniscus in the age 64, a month ago, accompanied with 2 periodes of PT(US, Tenses, & 3LT). but unforetunately I have pain, difficulty to stand after rest awhile

February 6, 2012 at 5:48 am
(102) sejal says:

hi, m 31.i had right knee arthrosocpy one month ago.still there is stiffness in knee.when i do knee bend and knee straoght excercise and stand up my knee got relaxed.but immidiatly after that when i start to walk just two steps knee again got heavy and stiff.in morning the stiffness is more.when i do knee pressing excercise i feel something odd goinh in knee.sometimes after knee straight excr when i put dwn the knee some noise is comming out of it.surgon says recovery is good n u ll be okay in ew days.but i dont feel that much good.pls help.
i cant do stair step specially downhill i feel something strange in knee.

February 8, 2012 at 9:07 am
(103) peter Sergautis says:

About 9 months ago I injured my left knee at a ballroom dance class, and it progressed from a sore a swollen knee that i ignored until I had the knee give out, and ended up walking with a cane for two months. Getting out of the car on the drivers side was a killer as it required a twisting movement on the knee. It took 3 months with a lot of begging to get an MRI done and the specialist at the Fowler Kennedy Clinic (London, Canada) diagnosed a “torn cartlidge”referred me to a surgeon for Orthscopic surgery to correct the problem, saying it would not heal on its own. With some physio I have been able to walk, dance and even run a bit, but not like before. There is still some hesitation in doing any twisting movements, and the knee only bends back about 90%.. I can run, but not for long and with a slight shuffle, and should be grateful that i have recovered to this stage, relatively pain free except for the odd twinge and click now and then. My appointment with the surgeon is in a few days, and after reading these blogs I don’t know if I want to take the risk of experiencing the downside of surgery others have described here. (Im a fit 67 yr old male).

Here is what I will do in the next few days…..Take a few long walks in the woods, go for a swim, go dancing and then keep my appointment with the surgeon and ask his opinion on continuing on with the proceedure, and the risks involved. Thanks to all who took the time to inform us of the potential downside of this seemingly benign surgery.

February 29, 2012 at 6:01 am
(104) mary danks says:

I had an arthroscopy(privately) 4 years ago. I know i have a Bakers Cyst
but recently i have noticed that my knee cap seems out of place and there’s a lump on my knee cap on the left hand side. Also when I walk down stairs my knee feels very weak.

March 21, 2012 at 3:44 am
(105) d says:

Had arthroscopic knee surgery e weeks ago for a menscial tear my doc ended up doing a completely different surgery stating I had stage 3 arthritis and he removed cartiledge from under my knee cap and sides help I hurt more now than before I haven’t got any straight answers from my doc and I feel he should be more concerned with my arthritis issues because I have joint pain everywhere I am only 35 and in a pickle to get help

April 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm
(106) AG says:

This is for #105 – D,
My husband is in the same boat…. He has terrible pain worse then before surgery.. He is eating 1000mg of vicodin every day just to work.. This is not right! Please let me know if you get some kind of answer for pain!!!!
Thx! AG

April 9, 2012 at 9:05 am
(107) online dating quotes says:

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April 24, 2012 at 5:17 pm
(108) lol says:

I had a fall 4 months ago and my knee turned black then i developed a swelling. This has now gone down but i cant kneel on it without getting pain. I can run and walk normally though.

April 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm
(109) LMD says:

January 2011 I was jogging on a treadmill and I noticed that my right knee was getting tighter. I brushed it off thinking it would go away within a few days. The very next time I ran on the treadmill it became very apparent that something was wrong. My knee swelled up a lot (water in the knee) that night and continued for a few months. At the time I did not have insurance until March of 2011. I could barely walk and was dragging myself around work and at home in pain 24/7.

Once I received the MRI results and X-rays in March it did not show a tear of any kind anywhere. I was very puzzled and a few doctors just gave me some anti-inflammatory prescription pills to keep the swelling down (they barely worked) and physical therapy. I went through 6 weeks of stretching and strengthening the knee. The swelling went down but not all the way and the pain went down but all the progress was hit a ceiling. It just wasn’t reach 100%.

I went to my primary care doctor and she recommended me to a specialist. He wanted me to go through more physical therapy before coming to any conclusion (trying to avoid the path of surgery). At this point in time I was walking in pain all the time. August came around and no progress so we decided to go with a cortisone injection which was to clear up any pain in about 24-48 hours. This method did not work, in fact it may have made it a little worse. Our only option was surgery even though we did not know what was causing my extreme discomfort….

April 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm
(110) LMD says:

…October 2011 – Arthroscopic surgery performed on Medial Meniscus – The doctor found a 6 mm piece of loose cartilage from my meniscus floating around which was causing all the pain. He showed me the evidence and photos during my post-op visit 10 days after. He said in 4-6 weeks I would be able to resume physical activities and without physical therapy as I had already been doing so long before then. He did mention that the cartilage between my joints were softer than the norm. I have sprained the same knee in the past and was very sports oriented in my childhood years. I am now 26.

In 4-6 weeks the swelling had dropped considerably (the best it’s ever been) and the pain was minimized. I was actually able to walk without cringing every other step. However, I was still not at the point he said I would be even in 8-10 weeks. I have not ran on a treadmill since the accident. I was and still am working out on the elliptical, bike (slower progression), and I swim occasionally. The elliptical and swimming exercises are minimal to none when it comes to impact and still gives a decent workout. But I love to run! And this is killing me! I truly believe that not knowing how to treat scar tissue from the beginning and going straight to physical therapy after 10 days set me back quite a bit. A year later I have tightness and some swelling still in my and around my entire knee. Tightness in the front, back and down my calf which still causes some pain throughout my work day. Once I work out I feel a lot better but it’s only a matter of time before it starts to bug me again….

April 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm
(111) LMD says:

…In January 2012 I went to another physical therapist, and they went about it differently based on the string of events that led me to them. In March 2012 when I still felt some tightness after great workouts and the top of the knee where the incisions were from surgery was still slightly swollen the physical therapist came to a possible reason why I am still the way I am physically.

After arthroscopic surgery the wound calls attention to repair itself. Thus, more blood will rush to the wounded area to heal it. During this time there is so much blood flow that it actually gets trapped and can not disperse, causing pressure to be put on everything close to it, hence my knee and my calf. This is called a Bakers Cyst. Treatment for this is called ASTYM. She finally started performing the treatment on my leg and it has been working in the pain department. I have gone 3 times so far and I am fighting my insurance to cover me for more (they say they won’t because I’ve “plateaued” in my progress) which is not true because the pain is going away. ASTYM helps disperse the blood behind my knee and relieves the pressure on everything. I still have some swelling around the knee but I’m hoping that after more ASTYM treatment it will put that to rest.

I just want to have the option to run, though I’ll probably use other methods of exercise in the future.

This may help you as well. And if anyone else has other ideas to treat swelling (Please don’t say ice. I’ve exhausted that option), scar tissue, or knee pain please respond.

Thank you.

April 29, 2012 at 7:30 pm
(112) TERRON says:

I had a total knee replacement on 2/21/12 and manipulation on 4/11/12
Currently taking therapy , yet I’m having 75% stiffness and only bending
@ about 75 degrees what suggestion can you give?

June 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm
(113) Scott Bitzer says:

I had my ruptured ACL reconstructed 13 months ago by arthroscopic surgury. Ligament was harvested from my Pattelar tendon. I then had a second arthroscopic procedure 5 months ago to clean up some cartilage in the same knee. After all this time I still am not able to jog, am still in rehab and have issues with pressure on my knee cap. The stability of the knee feels fine. I have been told that my weak quadricep muscle is the issue with the knee cap pressure. I have been working the quad hard but it just won’t re-engage and get any stronger. I am frustrated that I can’t get to the final step of re-hab. I’m a 48 year old active male.
Any advise?

July 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm
(114) Becky Ledlow says:

I had knee arthroscopic surgery 9 months ago they repaired the meniscus and did a lateral release. I have had a few issues where I have fallen, or it got kicked. The knee pain has not gotten any better. It gradually got worse it feels like it is full of pressure and my knee cap feels like its just break in half sometimes. When I bend it at all wiht any pressure on it the pressure on it gets worse. When I go up a hill at all the pain is so bad, and when I just stand up and squat a little and the whole knee itself kills me on both sides and deep within. The pain is behind the knee cap, the knee cap itself, and on the sides. I have had lumbar sympathetic blocks and now my back is messed up.. What do you guys think? Thanks for your opinions…

July 16, 2012 at 11:13 am
(115) capodo says:

Had a knee arthroscopy on 6/19/12 for two meniscus tears (actually one medial tear and one literal “blow out” on the lateral side) as well as bone debridement for moderate arthritis). Tuesday will mark 4 weeks and I’m both impressed and a bit disheartened.

Impressed because the overall pain is NOTHING like it was before. Walking, which used to be so horrible for me is great once again. I was on crutches for only 3 days post-op and took very few meds.

Disheartened though because I have a lot of pain in my shin (right below the knee), a feeling of instability at times, and more direct pain on the medial side (could be the arthritis and Pez Anserine Bursitis I’ve been diagnosed with).

I am doing PT – 2x a week for a month (doctor’s script). So far it’s slow going. At the intake meeting I was able to walk up and down stairs just fine. Now, after 4 weeks and doing a bit of walking during the weekends (which I was told is ok to do), I find going downstairs nearly as painful as before. And I have to go one step at a time which REALLY discourages me.

However… according to PT I’m doing fine. Strength is good in the knee and I have great balance. It’s VERY sore when I’ve been sitting for a while and get up. There seems to be one spot when I bend it where it just hurts the most. I’m going to ask the therapist about that today. Mobility is excellent and I don’t have a lot of pain overall.

I’m not a small person but refuse to limit myself to water-based activities and I’m happy that I can get on the eliptical and bikes just fine. I’m almost back up to a level 5 for 20 mins on the eliptical in fact! The only thing I look forward to now is DANCING. And I’m hoping that at my next follow up with my surgeon (8/8), he’ll give me the green light for this.

All the best to those who have the procedure!

July 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm
(116) Southpaw says:

I am 24 year old female, with Bilateral knee O.A. Right worse than left. I am also bowed in on the Right knee. What surgery is done, in this case?!?! Can you please help!

Thanks in advance.

July 30, 2012 at 4:27 am
(117) stephanie says:

i had lateral arthroscopic surgery 8 months ago to try and correct my maltracking patella, i have now had this procedure on both knees however after having this surgery i still cannot kneel on the knee is this normal as it is also still very painful to touch? id be greatful for any advice

thanks

August 2, 2012 at 11:07 pm
(118) Ryan says:

I am 22 years old and i am also having a knee problem. it started about 2 years now and I have gone to see 2 ortho surgeons and they both ordered xrays. Come to find out there are no problems with my knee but I still get the pain problem my right knee will get very swollen and red and tender to touch most days. I contacted my NP at the hospital and told her what was going on. She instructed me to do 4 weeks of PT and I just finished but the swelling and tender touch problem is still bothering me any ideas. I have been to 3 doctors but the problem can’t be ruled out.

September 1, 2012 at 4:22 am
(119) akansha says:

my mom has knee pain 4rm 5 days what is problem????

September 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(120) Lisa says:

Having arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday and last week started to have pain in a tooth. The dentist’s office has been closed since Thursday and was placed on antibiotic. Will I have to cancel my knee surgery?

September 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm
(121) Eli says:

I had knee scope done on my right knee a year and a couple months ago. I had a severe torn meniscus and a cyst that needed to be decompressed. I’m still in a lot of pain. I thought the surgery was going to fix my issue and it seems like it didn’t. My knee still bothers me everyday. When I walk ,drive , stand, sit . It dosent matter what I do its a constant throbbing burning annoying pain. I canot do the things I did prior to having the knee problem and surgery. I’m 31 years old and feel limited. Its frustrating. My doc wants me to have surgery again even though the mri didn’t really show anything wrong. Confused…………

September 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm
(122) Brookie says:

hi, i had knee surgery in march, and it was because there was a piece of cartlidge missing and they took it out because it was floating around and then they drilled like 7 holes in my bone to let the blood flow through to form new cartlidge and it started hurting today, even to walk, does anyone know anything??? please respond before tomorrow.

September 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm
(123) Pam says:

I had lateral meniscus tear in knee from a netball injury May 19 2012 at 28 years old. very fit and healthy. It was a huge tear and I couldn’t straighten my leg. A surgeon and physio therapist said to have surgery, which I did 4 days later. I had complications with fluid going to my calf and foot, lost the pulse in my foot so spent triple he time in recovery.

I resumed work as a teacher 3weeks later.

After a week I started physio and over 10 weeks of consistent physio, daily stretching and knee exercises I was focusing on building up strength in my calf and quad. I was told to return to normal activities such as walking the dog and could even try jogging in small bursts – I only tried this twice as the pain was bad. Stationary bike was the best so went to the physio gym 3 times a week to strengthen and build fitness. I still didn’t have complete range of motion.
I got a sharp pain up the back of my leg when I had a tiny bit of resistance on the bike. Physio said I’ve probably just done too much that day.
The pain got worse and moved to my knee cap, couldn’t bend, walk up or down stairs. Swelling too. Hurt to put pressure on it. But could bend it when lying down. A week later it hurt doing anything. Physiotherapist gave a compression bandage and said to go back to the surgeon.

After two weeks I visited the surgeon. He said I needed stop activity and knee exercises, just rest it but I could still work. Also, had to take antiflams and if still sore in 4weeks have an MRI.

Now I’m taking Endone and Celebrex. I feel like something is wrong. I am now on two weeks break from school so will see if total rest will show improvement or I will go for the MRI sooner.

This is a long post but I hope it helps someone.

I will update with the results.

October 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm
(124) char says:

My 16 year old daughter has had issues with her kneecap dislocating. It happened first time 2 years ago but has just recently happend again( has happened a few times over the last 2 years) She plays soccer for her high school. Her Dr is recommending a lateral release surgery bur should I be concerned that he is not doing a mri first??

October 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm
(125) Christopher says:

Its been years after i received surgery for my knee and i still do not have complete flexibility and i am not able to straighten my leg. When i bend it i feel tension and feel as though if i keep going i am going to just tear it all over again. Also when running hard i get a pop and my leg becomes very weak to the point where i can not straighten it even slightly. Is it okay if i bend my knee past the point where it feels its going to just pop? What should i do to get my leg back to how it use to be?

October 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm
(126) Kristen says:

TO char:

I am a high school vb and basketball player and I had dislocating patella problems too. In the last 3 years I’ve dislocated my knee about 5 times. So i got a lateral release and it seems to be helping. and no, they do not need to do an MRI, if anything they would do a CT to measure the tilt of the patella (if the tilt is under 12 degrees than lateral release surgery is usually recommended. mine was at 7)

October 20, 2012 at 11:18 am
(127) Linda says:

Hi, I had knee arthroscopy on my right knee, 3weeks ago, it is getting little bit better everyday. Trouble is now the left hand knee is starting to play up, getting stiff and hard to bend knee and bear full weight on it. Could this be due to fact having the r/h knee done, has put more strain on l/h knee ,during my recovery from arthroscopy? I am concerned that I may have to have arthroscopy on l/h knee too now. Has anybody had this issue with their other knee starting to play up after having surgery on initial knee?

October 29, 2012 at 2:25 am
(128) Knee arthroscopy says:

Knee replacement surgery is a surgical process to change the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint to relieve the pain and disability of osteoarthritis. It may be performed for other knee diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. In patients with relentless deformity from advanced rheumatoid arthritis or long standing osteoarthritis, the surgery may be more problematical and carry higher risk. Osteoporosis does not usually cause knee pain, deformity, or inflammation and is not a reason to perform knee replacement.

November 28, 2012 at 10:48 pm
(129) nicy says:

I had two knee surgeries done, one in July 2012 one in September 2012, but am still in pain, am going to pt. and am in more pain than before, i can’t go up and down the steps, just in so much pain, its November 2012

January 8, 2013 at 5:07 am
(130) Andrew says:

Hi Everyone,

Someone please help me with my knee it’s driving me bonkers and trying to proove my situation to a physio is proving impossible. I had a left knee operation due to my knee partially locking up and clicking all the time. The operation was done on the 24th Septembder 2012. The surgeon said that he took a bit of fatty tissue out and also removed some of the plica. Now, 8th January 2013, my main issue is that I can not for the life of me bend my knee fully back as it causes excurtiating pain.

The pain at the top of my knee cap, i.e nearest to my quad, is soo soo sharp and I can feel it really tight in there. My knee also still clicks and when I have tried to bend and hold it for more than 10-20 secs there is a promminent divvit at the top of my knee cap and the knee also gets stuck in that position which is not only hard and painful to release but makes my stomach churn at the feeling. It’s driving me potty !

The physio keeps forcing my knee back at each session and it brings me to tears….not to mention swearing an awful lot lol I am used to going through pain being in the Armed Forces but this is wayyyyy beyond the pain barrier and I’m lost with what to do……someone please help ? and if you know what’s going on that would really help ! I used to be able to bend it right back and can’t not. I can no longer ride a bike, use a rowing machine or squat properly.

January 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm
(131) lanette says:

I had ACL surgery sept of 2011. After a year of follow up appointments with my doctor and complaining of pain, swelling, grinding, popping, and not being able to fully straighten my knee or do a full squat he released me saying all my issues were due to no quad strength and in my head. I went to a new doctor and had an MRI done. MRI came back with bakers cyst, torn PCL and damaged cartledge. All issues were on my first MRI with my torn ACL, however the original surgeon never mentioned the issues or fixed them he only replaced my ACL with a Cadevar implant. We did one cortisone shot, it felt better for about a week. Felt more oiled is the only way i can describe it. I am now scheduled for a scope with the new doctor, I am wondering what i can expect. Will this surgery fix my issues? i have constant grinding, popping, swelling, feels wet/cold, and tight. The grinding gives me the creeps. it looks like a golf ball on the inner side of my right knee by the knee cap. and to the left of my outter part of my knee. swelling above my knee cap too. I do cardio at least 4-5 times a week and bikram yoga between 3 and 4 times a week. Bikram has helped my knee tremendously i can know fully squat :) ! Surgeon has not limited any of my exercising i just deal with the pain and swelling. Anyone have any advice for me, any ideas what else is wrong with my knee? Would love to hear what anyone has to say. Thanks for your time!!

January 20, 2013 at 3:55 pm
(132) Martha says:

i had a right knee arthroscopy a month ago to clean out cartilage and bone fragments, release my quads tendon and to remove some plica bands. my knee has locked twice in the past week and whenever i try to bend my knee or walk on it, my knee seems to be catching on something and is about to lock again? Anyone know what is wrong??

January 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm
(133) Monica says:

I had knee arthoscopy surgery on 10-31-11 and again on 06-06-12, on the same knee, many many months of physical therapy, but I still cannot run. Is this normal?

Thank You

February 24, 2013 at 1:08 pm
(134) Suraj says:

I had a knee disc location but it got fixed immediately and i had been to the doctor he took a x-ray and told there is no damage to the bone.There is too much of fluid and swelling. So the doctor has given a tablet movon sp and thought me some exercise. So is this fine?? But now i am recovering.. Will the dislocation happen again?? Pls help sir.pls reply.

March 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm
(135) Melissa says:

I went in to have arthroscopic knee surgery for an apparent degenerative meniscus tear on the inside of my knee. I also had pain on the opposite side of my knee. The scope revealed some cartilage that needed to be trimmed as well as some “band” that was prohibiting free movement of my knee. My husband thinks the doctor said he removed this band. All I can find online is possibly an iliotibial band but I’m not sure if that’s what he is talking about. I didn’t have a meniscus tear afterlife but these other two issues were fixed. I just want some explanation of the “band”. I don’t go back to the doctor for ten days. Any ideas would be helpful. Thanks

April 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm
(136) Eva Ahmed says:

Hi to All from United Arab Emirates,

I am now 10days off my surgery and my ordeal has just began.
I went to my doctor few months back and he gave me some pils dont remember what + Arcoxia and x-ray. Nothing serious was seen so nothing was done at that time. However I felt there is something wrong and kept on going back to my Ortho again and again. Did an MRI and it shows medial meniscus tear.

1.My doctor dont like to talk much and did not explain to me what is the problem excatly. So my advice is check your doctor before going under the knife. If you feel unsatisfied or you have a doubt even a small one please ask for another opinion.
And as someone above mention they seem to consider menisectomy as something very small.
2. I am going back to my DOC. on Wed 9th April 2013 and will ask for full explanation on what exactly was done during my surgery as I am still not able to flex my right knee at all.And of course will ask for all my papers in case I need to take another opinion.
3. Take care with PT if you feel even a small pain they should stop. I have a friend that was send back under the knife cos the PT tear it again. PT is ment to help not to hurt.
4. IF you plan to dance or go actively back to your favorite sport. Please note it will take time even if you are 14 yrs old.5.. Cortisone in the knee is very dangerous. It will relieve you from the paid only for a while if lucky for 1 year and then what, go again and get another one.no,no,no – cortisone is very bad for the body, especially if you have a weight issue like me.

Wish you good luck
I am now having my right knee lighly pink,bluesh. Keep on applying ice and still use from time to time only my stick. Dont have pain but I am taking DOROFEN (D-Glucosamine 500mg+ Ginkgo Biloba Extract -50mg) as per my doctor advice. Given some exercise to do to strenghten my leg. I only want to know how long it ill take till I am able to flex my knee without pain

Good luck

April 19, 2013 at 8:44 pm
(137) Thomas says:

I had a lateral release and menisectomy on my right knee approx a year ago. But now when I run (which I have to pass a pt test) I began to have a burning/tearing feeling in the area of the lateral release followed by discoloration of the entire knee and intense swelling/heat. What could this mean?

April 22, 2013 at 11:55 pm
(138) marcy Wear says:

I had arthroscopic surgery 10 weeks ago and a having problems with tightness and my knee gettting “stuck: especially after sitting for even a short amount of time. I have had physical therapy for 10 weeks, but the same symptoms continue. I am VERY frustrated. Any suggestions? How do you see answers to other questions on all of these coments?

May 8, 2013 at 11:08 am
(139) hannah says:

Hi I’m 13 I’m having knee surgery on my left knee and I was wondering if there is anything I should be concerned about or afraid of. I’m really scared of being put to sleep and having an iv.

May 21, 2013 at 7:47 am
(140) jane jones says:

i had arthoscopic surgery on my knee 3 months ago. My dr. said to pedal, (ride a bike) when can i start walking long distances?

June 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm
(141) Josh says:

I am 6 months post ACL repair using a 4HS graft. All in all my leg is doing great but recently I have noticed that when I sit for too long with my leg bent or when I get up in the morning the tendons or muscles behind my knee and about 2-3 inches up from the knee compartment are tight. They do not hurt per se but it takes a minute for so for them to loosen up. Once that happens the knee feels fine. During this time of loosening up the knee I also have a bit of non painful popping or movement in the knee. Is this normal, do I need more physical therapy or is it indicative of something failing?

June 18, 2013 at 10:30 pm
(142) Ray says:

I had arthroscopic surgery 5 months ago doctor told my wife that he fixed torn meniscus but didn’t know what was causing swelling above my knee cap.Still have swelling and a sheep pain in my foot!Why?I can’t be on for very long and can’t do a lot.Shouldn’t the MRI should something wrong

July 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm
(143) Kaylah says:

I had arthroscopic surgery on the 20th of May. In June I fell on my knee once again while bowling and about a week ago I slipped on the stairs and feel on my knee again. It’s been giving me problems ever since. I can’t put much weight on it or stand on it for very long. If I do it gets really stiff and becomes painful. I keep experiencing pain in and around my knee and also in my thigh. What could be wrong? Is there a possibility I would have to have another operation?

August 4, 2013 at 10:07 am
(144) amber says:

Why does it not hurt to bend my knee after repalcement surgery 3 yrs ago when i am in the water? But hurts when im just bending doing normal tasks everyday. I can bend it to my chest in the water but can barly bend it half way out of the water

August 6, 2013 at 7:22 am
(145) Dawn shaw says:

This is ver scary reading all of the above.

August 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm
(146) Jennifer says:

I think that having knee problems is one of the most difficult things one can ever encounter in life.
I have had two right knee surgeries in the past 9 months.
My first surgery was in Nov. 2012, for a torn ligament and my second knee surgery was in March 2013. I really tought I was going to feel better but my knee still get’s swelling and feels sttiff.
I don’t want to give up just yet, so I’m going to give it another try with a different doctor. The last thing I want is for the doctor to tell me that I need another surgery or a total knee repalcement.
Does anybody have any idea on why my knee is still acting up?
I will really appreciate all the advice.

September 1, 2013 at 7:13 am
(147) Mrunal Zuting says:

Hi, I’m 15yr old girl and while playing basketball I injured my knee. The MRI shows tear in the medial meniscus and ACL. I have undergone physiotherapy sessions which have releaved me but my knee is not strong for sports even after a year of this incident.What should be my line of treatment? Please advise.

September 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm
(148) jackie haffer says:

I was getting ready for my volleyball game on Friday and i had landed on my right knee when it was completely bent with all my weight on it, and it felt like both of my bones had grinded together and then it felt like it popped but i did’t hear it, i just felt it. There has been swelling, brusing, and stiffness. Even though it’s only day 3 i still can’t completely bend my knee without pain. Is there any way that i could’ve torn my ACL or torn anything else? Please answer soon.

September 3, 2013 at 11:50 am
(149) Annette Archer says:

Had arthro surgery in April 2013 for torn meniscus and clean up of floaters. Still pain and swelling six weeks later from bursidus. Was given prednisone (worked about 2weeks). Went back to Dr. end of June. Was given shot in knee which lasted about 2 1/2 months. It is now Sept. Still pain and swelling. Pain now has spread down into my calf and up above my knee with more stiffness. Can you help me?

September 5, 2013 at 6:24 pm
(150) suzi q says:

Yes, it all scares me.
I just had my surgery to clear out bone fragments and repair my meniscus.
I am recovering just fine, but probably need PT.

LAY OFF OF SPORTS and too much exercising.

Good Luck!

September 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm
(151) Ellen B. says:

I am 65 and I had bilateral knee replacements 16 months ago. My pain now is much worse than before surgery. I had “drop foot” after surgery, which still affects my big toe so much that I have to walk with a cane because my sense of balance is gone. During surgery the peroneal nerve was nicked and I have nerve damage in one leg. That leg is totally numb and painful at the same time. Both knees are so tight and painful they feel like they are being squeezed in a vise. Getting up from a sitting position is extremely painful. In short, my life is miserable as a result of knee replacement surgery. I’d advise anyone thinking about it to think twice. And then think again.

September 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm
(152) Ellen B. says:

I almost forgot the end of the horror story. Starting about six weeks after my knee replacement surgery I developed what I later found out was lymphedema. My whole body below the waist is swollen with about 40-50 pounds of fluid. I am in occupational therapy for it now but it is a slow process. Will the nightmare never end?

October 17, 2013 at 4:18 am
(153) Lat Gray says:

I had knee surgery 4 days ago and still can’t stand on my right leg. How long will it take for me to walk again?

November 9, 2013 at 7:15 am
(154) samatha says:

This is my 2nd surgery I hurt worse this time I had the knee scope done. I’m not sleeping at night I in pain all the time. My knee has been popping a lot not sure if that good. It been about six week from surgery, my knee still swell up and turn bright pink around where he put the 3 holes at. I was walking down the steps in my knee lock up on me, I wasn’t sure why it did that it scared the crap out of me because I just knew I was about to fall but finally it unlock. I’m tired of taking pain meds and muscle relaxation meds the just don’ work. I’m not sure what I need to do??

November 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm
(155) Janice says:

I just had Plica removale and debridement of my left knee 2 weeks ago. Now my knee pops when I walk. I also sometimes loose my balance I have also just started physical therapy. Should i be concerned?

January 7, 2014 at 4:36 am
(156) Nancy says:

I had arthroscopy 8 weeks ago to tighten a metal plate I’ve had for 6 years. Before the operation I was in enormous pain and as a professional dancer it was terrible! After the operation I left the hospital within 4 hours with the aid of crutches. I was on crutches for about 9 days and in physical therapy every day. However, I was in agony for a good two weeks after the operation and could only start to bend my knee properly after a week. <a href=”http://www.mykneestretches.com/”>Mykneestretches.com/</a>

January 9, 2014 at 3:21 am
(157) Melanie says:

I had knee scope 7 months ago. They trimmed my meniscus. I have had to have several steroid injections since then. My knee is now giving out and locking.

January 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm
(158) Nick says:

Just had my knee scoped. My doctor had to repair cartilage. I was sent home the same day with no compression stocking and not any limatations
I am elevating my leg and using ice for 15-20 minutes. However my leg swelled up and returned to doctors office. He had to drain the leg it was full of blood. They then put a compression stocking on me. I am still in discomfort. I again had my leg swell back up Returned again to the doctor. This time he drained my leg twice. Two vials of blood. Is this normal. Not getting answers as to why it keeps filling with blood. Now I am very concerned.

February 13, 2014 at 8:28 am
(159) Joyce says:

After reading all these experiences about knee surgery and arthroscopy, I am scared to the bone about having anything done on my severely arthritic knees. I am 58 and have had arthritis since I was 28. Recently I have experienced constant pain and all movement is painful. But at least I am painfully mobile. Doc. Advises knee replacement t or at least arthroscopy. But am scared of the risks I’ve read about and particularly of jeopardizing my mobility levels. Are there success stories?

February 16, 2014 at 11:38 pm
(160) T Bryan says:

Re: Thomas (comment 137, and to All who have had arthroscopic surgery)–Ditto. In September 2013, I had arthroscopic on the right knee–a lateral release of the patella and a meniscectomy. Seven months after surgery, I am experiencing the same burning/tearing sensation at the sight of the lateral release with significant swelling of the knee in general. After reading all of these posts, I have come to the uneducated conclusion that our orthopeadic doctors are just guessing and experimenting in hopes of making our quality of life better. I know the docs are trying, but my knee is 5x worse than it was beforeÖ.

February 20, 2014 at 8:22 pm
(161) Tarek says:

Hello I’m having some issues with my left knee. Iv done acl/meniscus surgery about 5-6 months ago I train regularly I’m I’m great shape I also do balance excercises a lot and resistance training along with weights and cardio. I’m having trouble being able to bend down for too long on it I don’t feel pain it’s just discomfort I can’t recall this issue happening with t other knee Bc we’ll iv done the same operation on both knees. I’m just wondering if I should be concerned or time and training will heal it.. Thank you

February 23, 2014 at 7:19 pm
(162) Lanelle says:

I had meniscectomy done in September 2013 and the doctor said that it looked good for 100,000 miles. LOL

Well….I have never been out of pain. I have had a seroid shot in my knee about 3 months ago and a Subvisc shot about 2 month ago. I am such great pain and I cannot work or function and work.. I would like another opinion and what I need to do. I have a 3 year old grandson and I would love to play and do things with him. I am in pretty good health and not much over weight. I was very active before this surgery. I am so very frustrated and would love to have my life back. The doctor acts like it is no big deal. FRUSTRATED!

What can I do now?

February 25, 2014 at 11:59 am
(163) kirsty says:

had my copy done on 7th jan 2014 for a menicus tear however not plain sailing as top part of the knee cap has full bone exposure 3cm across by 2 down and consultant cut most oft the menicus out as it was bad and scrapped and smoothed the back of my knee to pain is still bad and am not sleeping and am being fitted for a brace tomorrow and more p t ,i am regretting this surgery however have been told i will require a pkr in the future but i am to young to go on the list yet as it has to be 50 + am going to challenge this as it is quality of life we are talking about and i have a young mother who wants to be an active painfree mummy !

February 26, 2014 at 3:05 pm
(164) carolin gallant says:

I have had 3 meniscus surgeries since May of 2013. My last one was January 15. My first MRI showed no signs of OA and now it is grade 3. I am now going in for total knee replacement and am wondering if the healing process will be a lot longer due to all of the surgeries. There is quite a lot of inflammation.

February 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm
(165) Liz says:

Hi. I am a 37 year old lady who ran a marathon 2 years ago and ripped my lateral meniscus during the race. I have seen several surgeons and have had PT and one injection and I am still sore on my left knee. However, I can bend my knee and straighten it. I can run once a week and am a bit sore afterwards….my knee has locked up 2 times in two years and clicks every now and then. This is increasing. It does get sore if rI do too much running . I went to see one of the best surgeons today in my city to talk about having my meniscal tear tidied up…….He thinks I should do it. However after reading all of the posts above I am starting to have second thoughts…….can someone please tell me what to do? How bad should I be before I have surgery? My surgeon says I should have no pain

March 27, 2014 at 8:02 am
(166) tracey says:

One year ago Yestersday March 26, 2013 i had to have Arthroscopic surgery on my left knee. In august I did something to the same knee. I was told back in Nov. 2013 I have a Chondromalacia patella. My Ortho doctor had me go to PT, and had two cortisone shots. I still am having issues. Today i am being told they want to scope the knee again. What is the recovery time for a chondromalacia patella surgery? For work, I am on my feet for six hours a day.

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