Patient Comments: Arthroscopy - Recovery

Question:

How long was your recovery of your knee arthroscopy procedure? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Bernie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I had a knee arthroscopy on the 10th June, 2021, and I can’t straighten my leg fully. I can’t put weight on it fully as the pain is bad. Going upstairs, I feel a pull at the front. I have returned back to work but can’t stand or sit down for too long, my knee swells. I get aching pains in it. I can see by the other comments that some people’s recovery is different. I wish mine would hurry.

Comment from: Nany, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I had a discoid meniscus and tear in my left knee. I had constant locking and pain on my knee. I went in for knee arthroscopy surgery on June 23rd. The doctor said they removed about 70 percent of my meniscus. Going on 6 weeks of surgery, I am still walking with a limp, have pain when trying to raise my leg, and still feel restricted. When I try to do physical therapy or walk a lot, my leg swells up and I get pain. Doctors said by weeks 4-6 I should be doing better, but my body is still not fully recovered.

Comment from: sylvia, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had knee arthroscopy 6 weeks ago. My knee is still swollen and still has some pain. I can’t do long walks and can’t go up and down stairs without pain.

Comment from: Stuart, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 02

I had my arthroscopy (partial meniscectomy) on March 2, 2021. I had a flap tear, which locked my knee causing extreme pain. I could not walk into surgery, and basically walked out a couple of hours later. Minimal pain the next few days, then into the gym for rehabilitation and strengthening exercises, and walking. I did 35 minute 5k walk/jog in week 2, then 28 min 5k jog week 3. Plenty of easy cycling and walking in between. Week 4 now, knee is feeling great and I will be stepping up the cardio. I was very fit and healthy prior to the surgery, which helps.

Comment from: William, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 17

I had meniscus surgery via arthroscopy, for bucket handle tear 5 months ago. I had to get my knee drained one time. I wear a knee sleeve which helps, but if I stretch it to exercise it gets swollen again. What really bothers me is that I cannot do a full stretch of my knee as I walk. Wondering if this is ever going to be normal again or it just takes longer time for healing. I guess I have no choice but to wait.

Comment from: pwilson, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I am wondering how long it takes to walk normally after a knee arthroscopy procedure. I have no pain but a limp.

Comment from: Victoria queen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I had meniscus surgery with a knee arthroscopy procedure. For 2 days the pain was unbearable, but 5 days later, I was walking fine with no pain. My wounds healed in 5 days. I’m 62 but I’m being very careful not to overdo it, and resting when I need to. For me it’s a total miracle.

Comment from: PJ, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 05

I had arthroscopic meniscectomy and cartilage debridement 6 weeks ago. I felt at first I was 95 percent recovered, but after a light hike on a flat trail my knee was terrible. Doctor advised RICE and double doses of Aleve. Two weeks later my swelling is reduced but present every day. Walking is quite challenging even with an unloader brace. The knee is definitely worse than before surgery. My strong advice would be to go with physiotherapy big time before doing surgery.

Comment from: Mpikiso , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 08

I am 44 years old. I had left knee arthroscopy in March this year. After 5 weeks l managed to return to work where l stand a lot in the casualty department. After physiotherapy it was better even though there was mild pain. Even now l am not yet fully recovered. Exercises improve my knee every day.

Comment from: William, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

I'm 60 years old now. On June 25, 2020, I had meniscus surgery for a bucket handle tear, meaning my meniscus flap, so they had to cut part of it with a knee arthroscopy procedure. I think it is called meniscectomy. It's been a full week now and I'm so stunned because I never had any pain at all, I mean no pain whatsoever. I have been able to put weight on my leg and walk around slow. From the moment I woke up from anesthesia till now no pain, which I'm surprised about. Yes, a bit swollen and I hear a click when walking, but that's it.

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Comment from: Careful, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I had arthroscopic knee surgery for meniscus repair, around 2012. My recovery went well but within two weeks of the surgery my knee and leg went crooked. One day I looked down while in shorts and could not believe what I saw. I have lived with this since, now June 2020. I have bad pain often, unable to climb and descend stairs properly. This was performed by a renowned doctor. My leg or knee was not crooked prior to surgery. I believe this can only be fixed now with a replacement.

Comment from: Lady T, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I had knee arthroscopic surgery in December 2019. I am in so much pain, I can’t go down steps or up. And I walk with a limp, knee popping. It is hard to turn in the bed all the time. My toes are getting numb, I guess I'll just be in pain forever, or for as long as I live; I am 64 years old.

Comment from: ScrewedPatient, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

Having a knee arthroscopy procedure was the biggest mistake of my life! I had bilateral meniscectomy in February 2019. The only symptom I had was being unable to bend my left knee completely, and one fine day I developed a limp which went away after rest. However, the MRIs showed grade III tears on both knees, and unanimously the three doctors I referred to, decided on arthroscopy for both knees. I have never recovered since and now it is impacting my back as well. Physiotherapy 6 days a week for 1 plus years has not helped either! Beware of surgeries.

Comment from: Cynthia , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I had a knee arthroscopy on February 10, 2020. I believe it was the biggest mistake of my life. I can’t get up from a chair or the toilet seat without holding on. I can’t bend on that knee. My knee locks sometimes, and is still swollen. Going up and down stairs is such a hassle. I feel like it’s worse than before surgery.

Comment from: Nina, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I had knee arthroscopic surgery on February 22, 2020. I have been doing physiotherapy at home 3 times a day, walking, and practicing yoga 3 times a week. My knee hurts at night, but I can handle it with Tylenol. What’s weird to me is, my neck, shoulders and arms are very stiff. I do stretches everyday but this is my main issue with pain and I don’t understand it. Wonder if anyone else has had this happen to them.

Comment from: Nick, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I had knee arthroscopy on my right knee 5th of February, 2020. The original MRI said there was a large tear of medial meniscus and a bony contusion on the lateral femoral condyle. On 6th post-surgery follow-up with the surgeon I was told he found no evidence of damage or tears. I am 9 weeks post operation and still in extreme pain with my knee locking from time to time.

Comment from: TrustMe, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 30

I had 70 percent of my meniscus removed through knee arthroscopy procedure, including a full shear on the bottom of my femur. I had physiotherapy (PT) 8 time before the procedure and PT 3 times a week for 3 months post operation. This was 1987 and to this day I have no pain or other issues.

Comment from: 496bigblockchevy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 21

My knee arthroscopy surgery was on October 24, 2019. The worst mistake of my life. Been hurting more since. Knee is locking while going down stairs. Week three, my knee blew up to bigger than the day of surgery. The doctor said it was fine, and aspirated 30 ml. Then I had a deep vein thrombosis, and they couldn’t find it. So I self-medicated to thin my blood. Calf and ankle were black and blue. At 2.5 months post operation I went back to the doctor and he told me he didn’t know why my knee was locking and in pain. Originally he told me I would be in preinjury condition 3 to 4 weeks post operation. It was a lie.

Comment from: Syl, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I had a meniscus tear surgery through a knee arthroscopy procedure 5 days ago. I was living on opioids for pain. Off them now. Doing what the doctor says, RICE, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. I am in the same if not more pain than I was before the surgery. I called the surgeon’s office today. He said it could be 8 to 12 weeks before my pain is gone. I thought I was having surgery to get rid of the pain. I wish he had told me before the surgery that it could take that long to be out of pain. I definitely would have tried alternatives before surgery.

Comment from: Bob_H, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

I had an arthroscopic procedure on my right knee for a medial meniscus flap tear. All went well, and I'm recovering nicely, I think. A week after the procedure, I had a physical therapy (PT) evaluation. I carried a cane in case I got a little unstable. Two weeks later I overdid it and put in about 3 miles of walking (the grandkids were visiting). Now it’s swollen and hurts. I start PT next week. It’s all good.

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Comment from: Ben, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

My first partial meniscectomy through arthroscopy was when I was 18, on my medial meniscus in the left knee. I could walk the day after the surgery and in about two weeks I felt fully recovered. I’m 20 now and had my second partial meniscectomy on the same knee 8 days ago. This recovery is going much slower. I can walk with a slight limp, and don’t have pain, but have a lot of swelling and stiffness. I can only bend to about 90 degrees. My Baker’s cyst went from very small before surgery to golf ball size now.

Comment from: Swelling , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I had partial medial meniscectomy with arthroscopy. I am at the 2 month mark and I still need a knee brace and cane to walk. I have about 0.25 inch left of my meniscus on my inner left knee. My knee hurts only at night thus far, when I sleep and try to adjust myself it pops, and when I walk during the day sometimes it feels like something is tearing. I still have swelling but most of all by the end of the work day I am so tired and my knee is killing me. Wonder if I am still healing after two months and if this is normal.

Comment from: Fedup, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

At month 2 after knee arthroscopy, I started going backwards. The whole time I have been having calf pain, cramps behind my knee, and sometimes my leg collapses when I take a step. I have gotten steadily worse. I am halfway through month 4. Swelling is consistent and never goes down. From the second I get out of bed, it's there. Most meniscus was removed. I was climbing 6 months ago. Sure I had knee pain, but not like this. I am unable to climb, squat, bend, get up, or down. I can't even look at a trail. What did I do!

Comment from: Colorado male , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 03

I had a knee arthroscopy done on my right knee for a torn meniscus on 10 June, 2019. It is now July 3, 2019 and the swelling is still causing quite a lot of pain. I am able to walk, but with a limp. If I do any kind of extended walking or working, the pain is horrible. I am going to call the doctor and see if I need to have my knee drained or take some anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce the swelling. I cannot kneel at all on my right knee, the pain is unbearable if I try to kneel. I can’t bend knee very much either, lots of pain.

Comment from: SackofBones, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

From the good comments I am reading I believe those people are exceptions. I am 6 weeks post arthroscopic medial meniscectomy and my knee hurts like it did before the surgery.

Comment from: Bubbles37, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I had a meniscus tear repair arthroscopic surgery on my left knee in 2016 and one on my right knee in 2017. I was off of my left knee for recovery for a week or 2. My right one, I was up the very next day and was walking around like nothing ever happened. I had a scope done last year and my meniscus tear wasn’t repaired and here I am almost a year later and I am worse now than before. The meniscus tear is worse, my right knee is worse and now I might have to be laid up for at least 3 months to a year.

Comment from: Brittany , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

I'm 30 years old. I had my 3rd knee arthroscopy this past January 15, 2018. Torn meniscus repaired, chip removed off the bone, and cyst drained. It's been 12 weeks and I am still in a lot of pain. Doing physiotherapy 3 times a week doesn't seem to help at all. This is the worst thing I have done. Now I am having pain up and down on my knee as well. Not sure why this is happening. It is waking me up in the middle of the night with pain.

Comment from: Blah, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 16

I am a 34 year old male. I had an MRI and was told I had a significant tear in my meniscus. They performed arthroscopic surgery and said no meniscus tear, but I did have a large plica band that they trimmed up. Ten days post recovery and pain is worse than before surgery. I am limping still. I wake up frequently through the night with pain.

Comment from: gemma, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I am 78 years young, and I had arthroscopy on 10/11/2018 in my knee to remove torn medial meniscus, debride the knee, and remove inflamed synovial tissue. I had pain the first 2 days, used oxycodone and ice, then by day 3, no more medicines. I was up walking without cane by day 5, and today day 7, went grocery shopping with my husband. My recovery has been great. My knee feels so much better. I have no swelling and normal range of motion.

Comment from: Renee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I had my knee arthroscopy on September 28th. The first 2 weeks were pretty good, I had little to no pain. Swelling has been my biggest issue after returning to work less than 2 weeks after my surgery, some pain here and there. I've been walking fairly well, don't need my cane too much, except for the days I have swelling. I need to do the other knee and am planning to do that on November 2nd.

Comment from: Broken , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had a bucket tear meniscus surgery through arthroscopy almost 5 months ago and it is the worst decision I’ve ever made. My pain was at least bearable prior and now I’m left with impossible bending problems, stiffness and pain almost all day. I cannot run or even walk at a faster pace. I plead with anyone considering this surgery that the recovery or whatever they call it, is an absolute sham. It’s all just a money grab. I feel sorry for all the people out there going through this with me.

Comment from: ktrichel072013, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had knee arthroscopy surgery on August 28th, 2018. I go to physical therapy 3 times a week. I am just now being able to only walk around my home with no crutches. I say it is a walk. It’s more like a limp walk. I have to use one crutch everywhere else. I am very sore the day after physical therapy and the day after. I have to keep ice on my knee almost all day. Just ready to be completely back to normal. Wishes to all.

Comment from: Deb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I had arthroscopic surgery to clean up torn meniscus, a Baker’s cyst and osteoarthritis on August 14, 2018. I had stem cell injections; one at the time of surgery, one 2 weeks post-operation and one 3 weeks post-operation. It is 5 weeks later and I am doing fantastic. I go to physical therapy twice a week and do my exercises at home as well. I have a cold compression machine which kept the swelling and pain to a minimum. I am walking normally with no limp and very little discomfort.

Comment from: Emily, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I had knee arthroscopic surgery on June 26, 2018. I walk like a great-great granny. I am 54 years old! When I go to stand up the pain is horrendous. When I had the surgery, for the first few days I thought wow, hardly any pain. It is September 19, 2018 and the pain has not subsided. I can hardly walk. My legs both get very tired and I am just so sick of the pain and not being able to have my normal life back again. Wherever I go I need a chair nearby or I will pass out from pain. My blood pressure is high.

Comment from: PeterLC, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 19

I had arthroscopy knee surgery on Friday, December 1st, 2017. I went back to work on the following Monday. I used a circulating cool pack through the weekend along with ibuprofen. I'm scheduled for total knee replacement on October 5th, 2018.

Comment from: Mamabear sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I had my left knee arthroscopy 8th August 2018 and it went well. A little sore of course. Fifteen hours after surgery family trauma had me dealing with attempted suicide with daughter, no rest. On the 12th September, just over 4 weeks, I was booked in for my second, right knee arthroscopy. This was more painful and yet I rested and iced it. Friday 15th my knee is so swollen, skin tight like a tight bandage, and bruising continues to come out. I can feel heartbeat within my leg. I am worried.

Comment from: roopa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I got my right knee arthroscopy in December 2017. I got swelling due to lymphatic fluid, and still have swelling. I am limping when I walk or go up and down stairs. Not sure how long it will take to recover.

Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I've read lot of comments that made me worry about having knee arthroscopy procedure. I am 12 hours post-surgery and feel great. I walked out of the surgery center with no crutches and was able to walk and climb stairs (even using left knee) with less pain than prior surgery. I had both lateral and medial meniscus bad edges and tears removed. Not from injury, just wear and tear working physical factory jobs. I started physical therapy in the morning already. Good luck to those considering surgery. Happy to be getting back to normal.

Comment from: Crazycook12, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

After knee arthroscopy surgery I did well, not much pain. I used ibuprofen and iced it like the doctor said. I used a cane for about 2 or 3 (had operation on just 10, 2018) weeks. Physical therapist said I really had good range and movement. My problem is when standing and or walk long periods of time my knee locks up on me. Never did that before surgery. I have been out of work since July here, supposed to go back in a few weeks. I don’t understand why my knee is in such extreme pain when I squat or lift something heavy from the floor to the table! I also have pain when lying on my stomach.

Comment from: Lillian , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I had right knee arthroscopy surgery with bone grafting (a 2 stage surgery) where they removed the old raft (ACL) on the 2nd of July 2018. My recovery is awesome. I started physical therapy on the 12th of July. I do squats and stationary bike, however trying to go up the stairs without lifting the hip, which is still in pain. Looking forward to stage 2 surgery in September.

Comment from: Dash336, 55-64 (Patient) Published: August 17

In my late twenties/early 30s I had three knee arthroscopies - one on each leg for chondromalacia and one for a torn cartilage. With all three I walked out after the surgery and never used crutches. I followed physical therapy to the letter and have had zero complications. With all of them I was back to normal life in 4 to 6 weeks, moderate activity a little longer. I’m getting an MRI to check on the possibility of a torn cartilage on the other knee. If I have to get another arthroscopy I have no worries.

Comment from: Cheyanne, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I had knee arthroscopy on May 23rd, 2018 and I feel somewhat better. However my knee is starting to give out and when it does it feels like a sharp pain. It is like one pain is gone but now another has taken place in the inner side of the knee instead of the kneecap area where I had the major pain. I don’t know what to do, it is annoying. I feel like I am back to square one. I haven’t called my doctor and told him yet for some reason I feel it won’t get anywhere.

Comment from: ActiveGranny, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I had knee arthroscopy surgery for torn meniscus on May 4, 2018 (sudden injury). I was on my feet immediately, and used a walker for the first day or 2, for balance. Pain was managed well. I did not miss work, it is a desk job, though it was painful getting to and from the car. I was able to swim after 2 weeks. Post-surgery, pain and swelling increased, due to blood clots behind the knee. I was on blood thinner and swelling is gone. Ice and Tylenol help with pain. I can't tolerate physical therapy. I am getting better every day, though. Recovery is longer than expected. Hopeful.

Comment from: Pain in knee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had arthroscopic knee surgery on June 1 2018. The pain in front of my knee subsided some but now the side of the same knee is hurting. I did not have pain on the side of my knee earlier. I started physical therapy on March 2018. I am angry because I want to go back to work but I cannot walk for a long period. I am feeling like this was a big mistake. I am going to lose my job if I cannot walk. Too many people on this post are having difficulties. I was not told it would take this long and then would have problems on the side of my knee.

Comment from: Dietcu, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 10

I had my arthroscopic surgery 2/22/18. It is 7/7/18 and I still have not recovered. I had a torn meniscus that was partly removed. I started getting better and thought that physical therapy would help. It didn’t; things got worse. The part of the meniscus is resolved but I was told I had chondromalacia. That part didn’t cause knee pain until after the surgery. They tried to smooth out the cartilage and remove loose fragments. This led to my current pain. I am on meloxicam for chronic pain now.

Comment from: Alvin Lee, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 26

I had my left knee arthroscopy done on 5 June 2018 and was told I could be back at work in a week! After being discharged from the hospital on 7 June 18, I was given hospitalization leave till review on 18 June 18. Well, guess what, it got extended by another 2 weeks because I just couldn't bend my left knee. It’s been a week since 18 June and there is only slight improvement but I still cannot bend my left knee fully and I have to sit with my leg extended. I am not experiencing any pain or anything, just not able to flex my knee, which means I cannot do quite a fair bit of things yet.

Comment from: DEC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I had knee surgery March 2, 2018 and then ankle and foot surgery on April 26th. I went to a super store and today I can’t walk and everything is swollen from above my knee to my toes. I have had this calf pain for a couple of weeks and cannot sleep. Getting pain medicines is a congressional act, so it causes more stress than help. It is Saturday and there is no way I am going to the stupid emergency room! I will take the aspirin I had for the knee surgery and call doctors Monday. I am so disheartened to hear I might have to go through so much! I am to go on a road trip for which I'm actually doing real work for a month. Perhaps I need to get a wheel chair too! I agree with you all. I have had numerous surgeries but this is knee foot thing is terrible! I also have to do exercises every other day because I'm in so much pain the next day! So here I am on elevation and ice, and now aspirin.

Comment from: Rafiullah, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 04

I had a meniscus arthroscopy 55 days back but I still have swelling and a little pain in my left knee. As I have read about it, I am doing exercise regularly but still I am confused why the swelling is not going down and wonder when I will be able to walk easily and run.

Comment from: Honeykitty35, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had arthroscopy done to my left knee on February 18, 2018. Here we are on April 29, 2018 and I still can’t walk. This surgery was the worst I ever had. I'm in more pain now then I was before this surgery. I had a Baker’s cyst removed and my knee capsule was tightened. I've been doing physical therapy a week after surgery and still no improvement. Doctor said I can go back to work after 3 to 4 weeks and that was not true. I'm a waitress, bartender and nursing assistant. I can’t do anything, I'm so upset all I do I cry every day. I don't recommend this surgery to anyone. I would have rather dealt with the other pain I had before this one.

Comment from: Cherull, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I had my knee arthroscopy surgery on November 22, 2017. I woke up from the surgery with my entire leg (from hip to around the ankle) wrapped in Ace bandages. The next night I felt some pain in my calf thinking it was just from the surgery. Mind you I’ve had this surgery before as well as had my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) redone all on the same knee. The next morning my doctor called to see how I was. I explained about the calf pain and I was told to go to the nearest emergency room (ER). I went and was diagnosed with a blood clot in my calf muscle, was put on blood thinners and sent home. The next day I felt a pain go from my calf to my chest and had a hard time breathing. I went back to the ER and was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism. This time I was admitted to the hospital for 5 days. I’ve had to have blood drained from my knee twice; once when I was admitted to the hospital and the other when I went for my 2 week post operation visit. It is now 5 months post operation and my surgeon still has me on pain medications as well as nerve blockers. I’m in constant pain. My surgeon also said that I can absolutely not even try to jog! I’m finally going for a second opinion because I can’t deal with this pain anymore. This has been a complete and total nightmare.

Comment from: Lee , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 13

I had knee arthroscopy for a tear in my meniscus on 31/1/2018. I've returned to the hospital due to blood clots draining out of the hole, so it was re-stitched along with an x-ray and anti-infection medication. I’m now on day 11 and I've never experienced pain like it, the constant throbbing and I'm still walking around like I've been shot and taking tramadol which I'm popping like Smarties and can't see an end to this at the moment. My right leg is bruised from my ankle to the top of my leg with my quad being tender to touch. My next appointment is due on 28/1/2018 which at this rate I will bring forward. I have had knee surgery before on my left knee and the recovery period was a lot better.

Comment from: Pamela J., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 17

I tripped over my water hose and fell on my right knee June 25, 2017. My knee kept hurting so I decided it was time to see a doctor. My doctor ordered an MRI and discovered I had a tear in the meniscus. I had arthroscopic knee surgery on September 1, 2017. After four and a half months my whole leg stays swollen and I still have lots of pain. My doctor says my swollen leg has nothing to do with the surgery. If it doesn't, why did I ever have my whole leg swell! My knee swelling has never gone away. I followed all my doctor's instructions. Two weeks following surgery, I had 4 weeks of therapy. I was unable to do very much of my therapy the last few sessions due to all the swelling. My therapists said they had never seen someone's whole leg swell like mine following this type surgery. I kept telling my doctor something isn't right! He refuses to agree with me and just brushes off my complaints. He hasn't dismissed me yet. I plan to get all my records and seek a second opinion. I am in more discomfort and pain now than before the surgery. I have talked to several people who had the same surgery and none of them had the problems I am having. My doctor is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes only in knees and shoulders.

Comment from: JimM, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

I had knee arthroscopic surgery on December 22nd, 2017. I had a little pain for a couple of days after the operation. I kept the bandages on until my first appointment with the doctor which was 10 days post-operation. I had no pain whatsoever, in fact I did about a mile walk on asphalt a couple of days after seeing the doctor, and that was into my 2nd week. The beginning of the 3rd week was when the nightmare began. The excruciating pain was not anything laughable, although I looked like a crooked old man all slumped over and legs spread apart with my arms spread out like a new born bird attempting to fly. So picture that. Yes, my wife chuckled although I was in pain, I put on a little smile too as I passed the mirror. The pain is getting worse by the day and it's been 22 days. My knee all the way down to my ankle swelled up to over an inch larger than my left knee/leg. I called the doctor's office and they said to report to the emergency room immediately to get checked out for the possibility of blood clotting. Off we went; 2 and 1/2 hours later, I'm fine and dandy. Of course, the pain still exists. I have an appointment with my orthopedic doctor this coming Monday (2 days), we'll see what he says. I mean really, what can he do! Maybe he left a screwdriver or drill in my leg, who knows, but the x-ray would have shown that. I thought I was the only one that this happens to, since everyone I spoke with about this operation said there's nothing to it, you'll be up and running in no time. I thought this would be a breeze. I've had numerous surgeries before and I consider myself in excellent health (all except for prostate cancer). But that's being taken care of with hormone therapy (that's another story). This has been the worst post-operation ever. I mean to say, I've had 3 spine surgeries, and even broke my femur with pins in my leg, and never experienced this type of pain from any of those. If I had to do it over again, I would have never got the operation, and just let it heal on its own. This is awful. As another individual said here it's hard to keep your spirits up! I can't wait to see the doctor on Monday. Oh, thank god for Percocet!

Comment from: MDO, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I've just completed my second knee arthroscopy (with microfracture for stem cell integration) due to arthritis behind the patella. After the first surgery (right knee), I was up and walking on day 1, and unaided by day 7. No pain killers other than Tylenol for about 1 week. I started physiotherapy 2 weeks after surgery, and limped for about another two weeks after that. There was very little discharge from the incisions, and swelling was quite pronounced and took almost 2 months to go down. The second surgery took place about 3 months later. By this stage, I had done an intensive two weeks of strength training for the knee pre-operation. Again, no pain killers other than Tylenol. There was a lot more discharge from the incisions this time, and the swelling is noticeably reduced. It is day 5, and I'm walking unaided with a slight limp and no pain.

Comment from: Jod, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I had knee arthroscopic surgery 6 days ago for a meniscus tear. I am a fit walker who, until the knee pain stopped me, walked up mountain trails every day. Like many others I felt great after surgery and walked from the hospital. The next day or two were also good. I walked with a limp and rested for much of the day, leg elevated. By day 3 I developed soreness in my quadriceps to the extent that it makes lowering myself (to a chair, bed, toilet) quite a painful and complicated process! I am taking the prescribed anti-inflammatory drug and Panadol, applying ice 4 to 5 times, and elevating my leg for most of the day. There is still swelling and I have started to wear a compression support as well. No physiotherapy was suggested and I see the surgeon in 6 more days (day 12 post operation). I am hoping that this pain will be short lived!

Comment from: LizD, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

Day 3 post knee arthroscopy surgery will start today at 4 pm. Wow, was I stiff on day 1! Tramadol helps a lot, so 15 hours after surgery I was walking slowly all over the house and up and down stairs, but very glad we'd bought crutches and high toilet seats. Day 2 (yesterday) I discarded the crutches and walked out to the garden with my husband nearby; picked some late corn and zucchini, sat around reading mystery novels. Today I feel great! I've gently resumed my physiotherapy exercises (all this started when I twisted both legs trying to get out of a Jacuzzi, popping a Baker's cyst, ouch! Total black and blue leg). I am still taking Tramadol every 4 hours night and day, icing the knee for 20 minutes every 2 or 3 hours. I nap several times per day, so I'm up around 2 to 4 am. No big deal. Not bad for an overweight 70-year old. I feel strong and happy. Hoping I can talk my doctor into doing the right knee.

Comment from: Cyclefit, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 17

Once I read that it's good to start exercising, I began the day after my knee arthroscopy for a medial meniscus surgery and cleanup of some other areas in my left knee. I have no pain, a little discomfort, but I haven't needed crutches and by day two I'm walking almost normal. I ride bikes and had no discomfort riding so I was able to keep my leg strong going into this surgery.

Comment from: SuzyQ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had arthroscopic meniscus surgery on April 13, 2017 to repair a large posterior flap and another small medial degenerative tear. I did quite a lot of preparatory exercises before the surgery that my doctor had recommended. I was on bed rest the first 48 hours. I used crutches 5 days total. I started physiotherapy after 8 days. Minus a little swelling I have almost no pain at all. I am average weight and in pretty good shape for my age. My advice is find a good doctor and follow his instructions! My husband didn't and he's still in pain and limping after 6 months!

Comment from: Erez, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 19

I'm 30 years old and had my knee arthroscopy surgery exactly 2 months ago. I got my injury during basketball game, a small tear at lateral meniscus. Surgery lasted 32 minutes, and I could walk couple of hours after it. The huge pain I had at my quadriceps has gone away after a month. Now my knee has little swelling and the bending thing got really better, almost full bend. Straightening the leg was never a problem. I'm still having some pain while running and jumping but it gets a little bit better every day.

Comment from: Impatient patient, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I had keyhole knee arthroscopy 6 days ago. I can walk fine and go up and down stairs but my calf muscle and quadriceps are tender and the pain is bad when I change from sitting to standing.

Comment from: morph, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I had knee arthroscopic surgery on 19/02/2017 for medial meniscal tear with chondral flap medial femoral condyle. Prior to surgery I had constant severe pain and unable to straighten leg. I had unsettled sleep as any movement caused extreme pain. Operation was at 09.00 hours; I came around in recovery room at 10.00 hours; was seen by physiotherapist at 11.45 hours who had me walk along the corridor, unaided and instructed me how to climb stairs. I did not take pain medication, although offered. I was given instruction sheet for exercises and told to resume normal walking as soon as I felt able. No walking aid offered. By following day I was back out walking. Extreme pain gone from the moment I woke up in recovery, although some mild pain now and then. My knee clicks and feels 'grumbling' but otherwise much better. The physiotherapist told me that if I had been running marathons before the knee problem I could start back training 2 weeks after the operation. I'm 64 years of age!

Comment from: weekend warrior, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 07

I am going on my 7th week after arthroscopic knee surgery for a partial meniscectomy. I still have a bit of residual tightness and tenderness in the knee, and cannot fully bend the knee to 135 degrees (I can't kneel on it or do full squats). However, I am quite satisfied with the result. Prior to the surgery, I couldn't bend my knee even 45 degrees without pain, and walked with a noticeable limp. Now, despite the above mentioned issues, I can walk without pain, and am back to exercising using low impact cardio like stationary cycle. I do feel much better than before the surgery, and it will be a few more weeks until I feel no more tightness and pain. I think two things helped me with my recovery. One was the mindset going into surgery that every person is different. People heal at different rates, experience pain at different levels, based on different factors such as age, ability for body to recover, fitness, etc. There were times when I did get discouraged myself, particularly around the third and fourth weeks, when it seemed like I was still in a lot of pain and swelling. But I kept reminding myself that everyone is different and to keep on with the physical therapy, and a few weeks later I felt much better. The second thing that helped is taking physical therapy seriously. I actually started doing light exercises on my knee on the second day after surgery, using a handout my doctor gave me. I started formal physical therapy (PT) with a therapist 8 days after surgery; at the time I was using a cane to walk. My therapist warned me that it would take some time for me to get better, as I had waited months to get surgery, and there was a lot of scar tissue, buildup, and the after effects of the surgery itself. She also told me there would be days when I may relapse for a little as my knee continued to recover. The first PT session was agonizing, and I could not put weight on the knee for a few days afterwards. But I knew this kind of pain was necessary to get my knee to fully function one day. I stuck religiously to my PT schedule, never missing a day and also doing the exercises on my own.

Comment from: Nick, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

I had right knee arthroscopy last week. Three days later I was walking like I normally did. Five days later I was doing light jogging. I was in pretty good shape before I went into surgery, but I am flabbergasted with how quickly I have recovered. I do have some clicking in the knee however.

Comment from: Punkin5730, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I had knee arthroscopy procedure three weeks ago. I'm going back to the doctor tomorrow (8/1). I feel just as much pain as before the procedure and can hardly walk. I have (since February, this year) had injections with no luck. I'm ready for anything he tells me. I'm 71, not old yet, but this is making me old as I am a captive of this pain. I cannot shop, walk any distances, not even in my own home. I am hanging onto furniture, counters, etc., like I'm 100! I have been sleeping in a recliner since the middle of February, as I cannot tolerate any weight on either knee, not even a very soft, thick pillow. Also, my right knee especially must be supported straight out in front of me with a pillow underneath. I'm never sick, I'm in good health. This is a real downer mentally. Hard to keep your spirits up! Good luck to my fellow sufferers, didn't know there were so many of us. I'll give an update after the doctor visit.

Comment from: Hopefulone, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I had knee arthroscopy for a suspected plica problem. Operating surgeon shaved the plica down. That was on May 19, 2016. Here we are on July 27, 2016 and my recovery is anything but spectacular. I still have general achiness in knee, not a whole lot of stability and the original problem, while better is still there I feel. At times I just say it is just going to take more time, but as the months go on, I start to lose more hope.

Comment from: HARLEYGIRL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had my knee arthroscopy procedure on 7/12/16 for a torn meniscus after falling off a ladder. I am a 55 year old female, 50 plus pounds overweight, but otherwise healthy. As of today (7/21/16), I have some stiffness and swelling at the incision sites, but overall I feel much better than I did before. Post-surgery, I was using a walker second day post-operation, graduated to a cane at 8 days post, and today I am walking unassisted. As long as I take my time, I seem to be doing okay. I was not advised to do any physical therapy, so I am just doing it my way with slow walking and increasing the distance with each excursion. My heart goes out to those of you who have not had improvement with the procedure, and I hope you don't give up harassing your doctor(s) until your issues are resolved!

Comment from: Kneefixed1, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I am in my early 50s, and I have had a bad right knee since my early 20s. One day while walking my left knee snapped. I was in severe pain, but I kept going because I had to that day. About 8 minutes later I had sudden intense pain, so bad I passed out. Turns out I probably had a Baker's cyst rupture (had no idea what that even was until this happened). Four weeks later I had arthroscopic surgery to repair frayed meniscus, flipped meniscus and ligament tear. I used a crutch for a couple days, took Aleve for pain, and iced a lot. I started physical therapy 3 days following surgery. I continued improving, swimming in the pool once my scars closed, and did stationary bike, lots of stretching and balancing exercises. I was doing great until 5 week point, then while walking, again had a sudden pop in that knee below one of my incision points. Painful! I stayed off of it as much as possible a couple days, then started again in the pool, and the bike. Now it is just aching all the time, but seems to be improving. I will repair my right knee in next couple months. I had a good surgeon who doesn't believe in cortisone injections (until last ditch effort). You must go to physical therapy following surgery, they will teach you many tricks to help turn your muscles back on and rebuild their strength, especially if you've been off of it for weeks.

Comment from: Alabama, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

Four months after arthroscopic knee surgery I was still limping and in a lot of pain. Research provided two options, surgery to remove scarring from excess bleeding or knee manipulation while under anesthesia. I thought perhaps a chiropractor could manipulate the knee. Fortunately I live in a place that has a physician who first was a chiropractor. He was able to manipulate my knee and I walked out pain free with no limp. He said my muscles in that leg had locked up during surgery which is rare but he had seen it several times before. I hope this information helps. Many chiropractors might be able to do the same thing.

Comment from: Limpy Dan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 19

I had arthroscopic surgery 4 weeks ago for partial lateral meniscectomy as the joint had stared locking periodically. I developed hemarthrosis in joint post-surgery which interrupted physiotherapy. The surgeon was concerned it was infected so took me back to the theatre after 3 weeks for washout and drain insertion. After 1 week, swelling has subsided and knee is slowly improving. I am concerned that I cannot fully straighten the knee.

Comment from: almostused, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I had knee arthroscopy and Baker’s cyst drained on 15 November 2016. I am still not recovered, no 2 week checkup, at 5 weeks the doctor tried to inject Cortizone (SP) and in his words I had a blowout. My left knee now extends backwards about 5 to 7 degrees more than my right and can't withstand my body weight (144) for more than a couple minutes before it just buckles. I know not all arthroscopies are successful and have no intention of blaming anyone. I am going tomorrow for a second option and see if my leg is salvageable.

Comment from: Lucy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I had knee arthroscopy surgery on October 2015. After 5 months I am in a lot of pain. I have been doing therapy and massages two times a week. I am in a lot of pain. The doctor told me to take Tylenol but it doesn't help. I have to take Oxycocet sometimes for the pain but it helps for a while. I wouldn’t recommend this surgery.

Comment from: Atschmid, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I had medial meniscus repair with arthroscopy on 1/22/16. I didn't realize there was a Novocain like substance that was killing the pain and so the next day, when I felt great, I took my dog for a long walk! Mistake! The day after that I was in pure agony. So the recovery has been slow. I am 57 I had a discectomy and hemilaminectomy when I was 32 at L4 L5, and the surgery cured me of back pain. I was hoping this would go as well, but I am feeling my age! Still I am able to walk now, once I get going (stiff at first) and am doing physical therapy. I am hoping that another few weeks will take care of residual pain.

Comment from: Sandy R, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I had arthroscopic surgery on my left knee 5 years ago. The doctor was supposed to do a knee replacement but chose not to and wanted to fix my knee as best he could. The day of surgery when I tried to get up off bed something inside my knee ripped, I had sharp pain and swelling like a huge bubble on side of my knee. It turned out he cut my ligament too short and reattached it. Nothing was done about this pocket of blood and fluids for 3 months. Soon it became infected and my knee was getting worse instead of better. My regular doctor insisted the surgeon went in to fix the mess and see what was wrong. The surgeon ended up pushing the infection into my knee joint and within weeks my knee joint fused together and became permanently stuck in a 2/3 in bend. I was told I would be on crutches for the rest of my life considering my left knee was so mangled/bent and it would not touch the ground. Seeking a 2nd opinion and then 2 more surgeries to try and fix it I am still unable to bend or use my knee but it is at least straighter so I can walk on my tip toes but I have to wear a knee brace permanently for the rest of my life if I cannot find a doctor who can do a miracle and fix my knee. The pain is excruciating 24/7. I need someone to help fix my knee so I can walk again!

Comment from: Bill C, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 02

I had double knee arthroscopy about 7 years ago. My knees were in extreme pain every day. I was taking a variety of medications and topical creams with no effect. After the surgery and taking it easy for a month, my pain level went down to almost nothing. I am not an athlete but I am on my feet a lot during the day. Sometimes my knee still catches, but this is rare. I feel this surgery was highly successful in my case. So 7 years later I still have almost no pain. The doctor told me my knees were badly damaged, maybe that is why I felt so much relief. I was 46 when I had the surgery.

Comment from: Stazzifirl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I had arthroscopic surgery a little over a month ago for torn meniscus. Doctor scraped arthritis and repaired the tear. Despite therapy I am still in pain daily. I use a walker a bit, but it is not that helpful. Pain from the tear was excruciating and now better, but I am discouraged from lack of progress. From what I have read here, I am not alone in this dilemma. Hopefully time will help.

Comment from: BJH, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 01

I had a knee arthroscopy on my left knee 21/12/15 for a torn meniscus and split lateral tibia. I was immobile for 2 and a half weeks before surgery as my knee was locked in a bent position. So because I couldn't walk for 2 and a half weeks before surgery, I lost a lot of muscle mass which made my recovery take longer. After waking up from surgery I was in no pain at all. I felt great in fact. For the first two days there was hardly any pain, then on the third day it got a bit painful, but the Endone pain killers did the job. I needed them for about a week. I was walking without crutches by the 4th day (with a significant limp), and it has gradually gotten better since (it is now 5 weeks since surgery). Some days it didn't seem to progress at all for a few days and I got worried, but then it would improve a lot over the next few days. At week 5 I would say I am about 90 percent recovered. It feels strong, no pain, but still a bit of swelling. Left leg still a lot smaller muscle mass than right, it looks very skinny around my thigh. But I am back to all activities now except running so it should build back up soon. I am 37.

Comment from: Boomer48, (Patient) Published: December 31

I had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee on September 17, 2015. I have been back to see the surgeon twice and each time I've had to have my knee drained. X-rays don't show anything that could be causing the problem and I'm wondering why no MRI has been done at this point. I'm 67 and realize I could have arthritis to an extent, however even after 3 months you'd think I should get some relief. I've always been very active with senior softball and now it is doubtful I'll be able to continue. At the end of a normal work day my knee throbs so bad it interrupts my sleep at night. I have an appointment for January 6, 2016 with the surgeon, we'll see from there!

Comment from: mackster101, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 02

I hurt my left knee while on a run and spent 2 years trying to heal before getting arthroscopy and had my meniscus fixed. I was always in pain which I just put up with but saw no end in sight. After surgery knee was swollen, so I stayed off it for 3 days. On the 4th day I was walking a short distance and by the end of 1st week I was walking 1 km. Now after 3 weeks a bit of pain remains but I am walking normal, I run up and down stairs with no pain. I go for 5 km walks. There is still some swelling but overall it has been a great recovery.

Comment from: Stralongski, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 11

I had an arthroscopy last week, on 2 Nov 2015, for a torn medial meniscus in which I was told 40 percent was removed. It was done late so I didn't have time to see the physiotherapist (PT) after recovery so I stayed overnight. After surgery, I did not have any pain at all. Nurses offered pain killers which I declined. The next morning, I saw the PT, and I was able to fully straighten my leg and bend it about 90 degrees. I was taught how to walk on crutches, but when I left that afternoon, I walked out without them. Each day I saw improvement, but I still feel a clicking sensation when I walk, though there is no pain. I am very happy with the results so far after a week. I am a little concerned about the clicking and that 40 percent was trimmed off. I will see my operating surgeon again in 2 weeks for a checkup. I will ask him if I am able to return to running, squash and snowboarding after a full recovery, as 40 percent is a decent size chunk. I waited 1 year for the surgery going through the public system in Australia, I miss being active so much. If not, I will look into other options, like stem cell therapy to regrow the meniscus or an artificial meniscus implant.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I had a minor meniscus tear in my left knee that hurt severely in the beginning but was more of an annoyance after that. After a year of putting up with the occasional pain and not being able to stoop down on my knees, I decided to have the arthroscopy procedure. There was no pain for the first 24 hours, but after that the pain was very intense for a few days and after I took off the tight ace bandage it was swollen. It's been five days now and things have improved greatly, but I still walk with a limp and it's painful to bend all the way straight or 90 degrees. Swelling has gone down greatly. Too early to tell if it got rid of the initial problem but I'm hopeful.

Comment from: J.A.M., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I had arthroscopy on August 12 and I turned a corner after two full months. The knee is feeling real good. It's still slightly enlarged but it doesn't bother me much. I'm 63 and 20 percent of the meniscus was removed. I also have severe arthritis. I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I'm feeling very hopeful.

Comment from: Mel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I had my arthroscopic surgery on 8/5/15 for a torn meniscus of the left knee. I started physical therapy 3 weeks ago for 8 weeks, yet I still feel pain and some swelling, however I'm remaining positive and hopeful it will get better.

Comment from: molly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I had arthroscopic knee surgery on June 4, this year. Therapy helped some, but I am still in a lot of pain. I had a cortisone injection, which lasted 2 days. I have a lot of muscle pain on side and back of knee. Surgeon just keeps stressing the idea that I am a candidate for a knee replacement. After this surgery, I have no intention of having that done. I am 10 times worse off. I wish I had never had it done.

Comment from: JM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I had arthroscopy right knee surgery on 7/29/2015. I still have a lot of swelling all around the knee and down the leg including the foot. I am less mobile now than I was before the surgery. I have to go down stairs one at a time instead of one foot then the other. My knee does not have the mobility to bend to go down stairs without pain. I have been trying to bend it and do some exercises with it, with not much luck at getting it to move any better. By night time the swelling is really bad and mobility is almost 0 percent at bending it. I feel that if I would have known what I do now I would not have gotten the surgery. I was told that it was arthritis that was removed by scraping if off and cleaning out the rest of the knee due to the arthritis flaking off. This was all due to a fall on the ice back in March, down a set of cement stairs.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

At 58 (female) I irritated my meniscus, did not tear it, MRI showed it bulging, the doctor said. It popped on a staircase and I literally saw stars. Too much gardening and working on my feet for years. Doctor said I had 'floaters' in my knee, chips of bone and cartilage, which were irritated by the meniscus so I hobbled around for two weeks waiting for the arthroscopy. I had been in a brace and could not climb stairs or walk most days for 6 weeks leading up to surgery. After surgery I took 3 hydrocodone pain pills that day and have not needed one since (3 weeks). They sent me home with a power pack ice machine that holds cold water and ice and pumps coolness to the knee where a pad is strapped on. It was great, I was walking around the next day. Day two after surgery I was more swollen and spent the day on the sofa but day three was better and I went to physiotherapy on day 4 which was no challenge at all. I left there and returned to work appraising houses the same day, inspected a cape cod with basement and managed steps well. Day 5 was the first day of stationary bike with no resistance, it has been steady progress since. Only a little swelling remains in the evening. Should have gotten that knee cleaned out years ago, I feel great now, and would do it again in a heartbeat; limited down time and minimal pain. Don't let the fear keep you from living your life to the fullest.

Comment from: SE3saint, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 18

I had knee arthroscopy surgery on my left knee to clean up a cartilage tear yesterday afternoon and today I have been able to do very low resistance mobility work on my exercise bike at home and I've also been able to navigate through the 4 floors that I have at my home without aid. I must be one of the lucky ones I guess!

Comment from: Lorraine D., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I had my knee arthroscopy on the 20th June 2015, so not that long ago, but after my knee swelling up to twice its size after 2 weeks I am now left in what I can only say is excruciating deep tightening pain when I walk. It's like a tightening elastic band and I still have pains shooting on the one side of my knee that hurt when I put my foot down hard on the ground as before. I am doing my own physiotherapy as given on a sheet by the hospital but I have to say that after one attempt at driving into town for a short distance I thought I was going to die and just about got home. I only hope that this is not life as I now know it for the rest of my life because no one should have to live with this amount of pain. The consultant says it's absolutely fine and it's in my head. I am trying not to walk as I was doing with a limp, and to bend as I walk normal but that's a task at the moment. I can't go anywhere yet. I am properly fed up.

Comment from: MGM, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I had arthroscopic surgery of the right knee due to arthritis. I was told I would not need a new knee for 6 or 7 years, but would really benefit from this surgery. I had the surgery 6 weeks ago in a wonderful state-of-the-art hospital in Mexico. The week after surgery was a bit painful and I used a walker, but it got better and better. Now I feel I am 90 percent recovered. It is still a tiny bit swollen. I never needed physical therapy or pain pills. I am very happy with my doctor and the hospital and the surgery!

Comment from: Minzer, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I had arthroscopic surgery on knee for torn meniscus. I walked out of the hospital and started physiotherapy (PT) three days later. Three weeks post operation and twice weekly PT and home exercises, I am back to daily activities, going up and down stairs, spinning, Pilates, mowing, etc. Due to arthritis, a knee replacement is a few years down the road. Arthritis is not improved by arthroscopy and this was made very clear to me prior to surgery. Pain from torn meniscus was gone immediately after surgery. Meloxicam works great for arthritis pain and icing works wonders when I overdo it. Downside, no more deep squats and steep stand up bicycling. I can live with that.

Comment from: MGD, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 17

I'm 49 years old and in good physical shape. I had a meniscus arthroscopy (to smooth a torn edge that caused me a lot of pain) exactly 4 weeks ago and I'm doing extremely well. The day of the surgery I started moving the leg (straight leg exercises) and the foot (extensions and contractions) and was walking with crutches (applying maybe 70 percent of my weight on that knee). By day 2, I was walking carefully, no crutches. By day 3, I was going up and down stairs at home, very carefully, being easy on the knee. By day 4, I was using the stairs with no problem, slowly. By week 1 I had starting walking slow on the treadmill at the gym, 10 minutes a day, and doing my normal upper body workout, avoiding free weights and using machines instead. By week 2, I was walking 30 to 40 minutes, at 4 mph. No weight training. By week 3, stationary bicycle, minimum resistance. By week 4 (now), 70 percent of high resistance on stationary bike (2 different types of bikes) and climbing a bench, up and down, no weight but 50 repetitions per leg. No pain, and very little swelling. The key for me was 'pre-operation conditioning', where I worked out the muscle of the leg to give it maximum stability and good strength. I followed all the directions from my doctor (ice, rest, elevation, slowly progressing through the process, and caring for the knee).

Comment from: charlie, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

A week ago I had an arthroscopy to remove some damaged parts of my medial meniscus (40 percent removed). Today I have no swelling and 90 percent of my range of motion has returned. I get the odd twinge now and then when turning but I'm at least 80 percent recovered and many of the pre-operation symptoms have gone. I have been doing the exercises as advised and am very hopeful of a total recovery.

Comment from: farmerswalk, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I wish I had discovered this thread before getting surgery. I tore my meniscus while running. I heard a very loud crack and immediately felt it buckle. It's been 3 months since the arthroscopic surgery, and the pain has not improved. At all. Moreover, I've lost all flexibility. (I was very flexible and did yoga hero pose daily to help with knee flexibility). My doctor told me I had arthritis in the knee (no surprise of course). He wouldn't tell me explicitly, but he strongly implied I should stop running). Having flat feet obviously has exacerbated all my problems. He said I would be able to resume normal activities after 8 weeks, including squatting. I'm going back to see him this week. I have read now (I should have read more before surgery) that the surgery isn't always successful, and in fact, can leave the patient with more pain and less flexibility. In sad conclusion, my knee hasn't improved whatsoever. I don't blame the doctors. I was desperate to resume running. I waited patiently (4 months) before deciding on surgery. Unfortunately, one of the things I enjoy most in life, running, probably has been taken from me.

Comment from: Kathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I had meniscus repair 8 weeks ago. I started physiotherapy (PT) 8 days afterwards, and they said I could walk with one crutch first day. I had never used crutches and was using on wrong leg and in so much pain. I continued PT then started on my own at home. I am doing better but still in pain. I went back to crutch and was very upset that the physiotherapist saw me walking on wrong leg and never corrected me until I said something. I hope this did not set me back. I am still in pain, I wonder how long it takes to heal; it is fine one day and the next day it hurts.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I had arthroscopic surgery on January 27, 2015. After one week of physiotherapy (PT), my surgeon ordered a series of 3 shots into my knee. I have had 6 weeks of PT and I am still in a lot of pain. My doctor said everything has been corrected. My age of 61 and the fact that I have bursitis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia will make it take a long time to heel. He suggested going to a pain specialists. I haven't decided to do that yet.

Comment from: kneepain, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I am 44 years old and am an Ultra-Trail. I had a fall/ twist to my knee that caused a medial meniscus tear 9 months ago. My knee pain was only aggravated by running. I wasn't ready to quit being a runner. It was not healing so I had arthroscopic surgery to trim and partially remove my medial meniscus. I walked from the wheel chair to my vehicle. I have been walking without aid for 6 days now and don't have any unusual pain. There was a lot of fluid the first two days and that kept me off the stairs on day 1 post operation. I though there was a gel pack in my bandage at first. I used 4 pain pills the first 2 days and I could have gotten by without them on the 2nd day, but it helped me sleep better on my couch with my leg elevated and iced up every 30 minutes. I iced it a lot the first 2 days. I also kept moving my foot and doing light leg extensions a lot the first 3 days. I would hold the extension and contract my quad muscles slightly just to keep things working but not to irritate the surgery. I never did anything to cause myself pain. I am a mechanic in a factory and I believe I could have been back to work on day 4 but I have to be released after my follow up and they remove the stitches on Thursday which will be 6 days post operation. So far I have nothing bad to say about having the surgery. I frequent the gym regularly so I was building up leg strength before my surgery. Running was the only thing that irritated it before surgery. I am at least where I was before my surgery best as I can tell. I have no reason at this time to think I will not be running again in a few weeks. My surgery was an outpatient procedure. I am not taking pain medicines. The only thing I have to take for 6 weeks is aspirin because of the risk of blood clots after surgery. I am sorry for all of you who have had troubles from the surgery but it's not all gloom and doom.

Comment from: Julie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I am 66 years of age and I had knee arthroscopy for torn meniscus four months ago. I'm in dreadful pain since having the operation, stiffness and tightness right all the way down the leg. I would never have it done again.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 23

I had key-hole surgery (arthroscopy) in my knee at the end of January 2015. It went very well and I have had no problems since. The swelling took about 3 weeks to go down, I had 2 incisions one on either side of my knee and had one stitch in each. It is still early days and I am just about regaining my confidence to take all my weight on my repaired knee. I can’t kneel down yet as there is still some stiffness and tenderness. I am walking just fine and climbing stairs ok. I am at a loss as to what they did as no details were given to me or my general physician. I have a follow up appointment on the 1st of April so I will ask all the questions then.

Comment from: Never Had Pain, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 17

I'm 65 years old. I had a torn medial meniscus on my right knee. Arthroscopic surgery was done. When I woke up from anesthesia, I was able to get right up and go to the rest room. I was given a walker but I never used it or needed it. They gave me a cane and were teaching how to go up and down the stairs with it. I didn't need it. I never experienced any pain. I'm taking it easy until I see my doctor in two weeks. I thought that I would have a bad one or two weeks, but no problem walking and no pain or swelling. Good surgeons are worth their weight in gold!

Comment from: mediocregolfer, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 04

It has been nine weeks since my arthroscopic surgery for a meniscus tear. The surgeon also found a hole in the cartilage on the femur and trimmed the edges. There is moderate arthritis. I had physical therapy for a month and am still doing stretches on my own. The knee can be very, very stiff in the morning and hurts at different places on different days. I have returned to golf but use a cart. I can walk about 20 minutes. I like being active at 75 years and am distressed at the lack of progress. I hope the knee improves.

Comment from: Emapeal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I had a lateral tear in my meniscus in my left knee. I had arthroscopic surgery on a Tuesday and only needed crutches to get up the steps into my townhouse. I started the exercises the doctor gave me that same day. I only took pain pills for one day. By Friday, I was able to walk up and down a flight of stairs. On Saturday, I walked my dog (very short walk). By Sunday I drove my car and shopped for an hour. I started physical therapy (PT) 9 days after the surgery and went two times a week. Within 4 weeks, I had full range of motion. I also continued with PT for 6 weeks to regain strength.