Patient Comments: Torn Meniscus - Treatment


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Comment from: Dynamo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I had arthroscopy for my torn meniscus, where trimming of meniscus, synovectomy, and removal of fragments were performed.

Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I had meniscus tear surgery 4 weeks ago. My doctor told me that I could start walking on it. So I did, and I was ok while also using crutches. The doctor told me to stop using the crutches but I told him I was having a lot of pain and now I have very sharp pain in my knees. I have read others on this, that you should stay on your crutches or it could re-tear your meniscus. I am wondering if the doctor gave me wrong advice.

Comment from: (Patient) Published: April 30

I am currently 6 days into my recovery now, I got surgery for torn meniscus on the 21st and I now have almost full extension of my leg and can bear a good amount of weight on crutches. I waited 4.5 months to get the surgery done! Unfortunately, so my ligaments are very sore and weak as my knee was locked in position for so long. But I suggest taking the surgery route to anyone who has a tear, the pain is something you can deal with, especially with the medication they prescribe you. I stopped taking mine after the 48 hours and I can handle the pain fairly well. I expect my process to be a little bit longer than average only because of my waiting situation but already my leg is better than it was before surgery.

Comment from: p. mueller, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 24

I felt pain, after hard riding on road bikes, in left medial meniscus. I received cortisone shot and prescription for Voltaren ointment and knee brace. I'm fine now and can do metric centuries.

Comment from: eloquent energy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

The fatal day arrived when I was a shopping customer at a large grocery chain. A thawing frozen food pallet on the sales floor sent me to the floor. The knee took the brunt of the fall. Trying to get off the knee I fractured the elbow. The feeling that I skinned my knee continued. The knee x-ray showed arthritis. I was treated for arthritis which was exacerbated by the slip and fall accident. The pain continued, and I was offered cortisone injections. I refused. I accepted physical therapy. The pain persisted. Over a year passed, and I saw a new doctor. He ordered an MRI. Diagnosis was torn lateral and medial meniscus. The surgeon can't repair it, but can clean it up. I refused, it's too risky. I went back to physical therapy. There is no hope for this permanent damage. Now, I am looking into stem cell regeneration. Good luck to me!

Comment from: patty705, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

When my husband tore his meniscus he tried everything to try and help it but the doctor kept telling him his only option was surgery. Thank goodness we found the blood flow stimulator and cold wrap, which helped his knee so much and he was able to avoid surgery.

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

I had arthroscopy on my knee to clean out my meniscus about 2 or 3 years ago. My knee as I am walking is very stiff and it is like my knee becomes wooden. I need solutions, I feel like doctor made a wrong call and I am in misery.

Comment from: Dona, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

I have had surgery in May, and again this year for torn meniscus. I am now hurting in the same area for several weeks. I am taking physical therapy two time a week. It seem nothing is helping to manage the pain. At times I am afraid there may be no treatment and I will never be free of the pain. I am supposed to see the doctor who repaired it the first time in May. He is a wonderful doctor and it is my hope that he can do something that releases the pain and the pain will be gone presently.

Comment from: MsPrada, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I opted not to go the surgery route for torn meniscus as I had heard mixed reviews. A doctor friend of mine said to try wearing a knee brace daily, applying ice to the knee nightly and being cautious with activity. I took Ibuprofen for inflammation as well and within 8 weeks, my knee was almost back to normal. Be patient, surgery is not always the answer!

Comment from: AzNana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I was climbing some bleachers and stepped down on my left foot and experienced extreme pain. I was away from my doctor but when I got back into town, she diagnosed a medial tear on the meniscus. I had a cortisone shot which helped for 3 weeks. Since then, I have had another shot which didn't even last 48 hours. She then sent me to physical therapy which I have only had 2 sessions. Also, let me add, I am not in the best physical shape, I am considered obese and I know weight loss is imperative. I have lost 20 lb. since mid-April. My pain is horrible and I have been living on Motrin for weeks. My doctor admitted that I was not a good candidate for surgery as I was too old plus if she removed the meniscus, it could bring on arthritis quicker.


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Comment from: Hoopitup, Male (Patient) Published: February 03

I am 72 years old and very active playing basketball, golf, and swimming. It is over 8 weeks since the doctor scoped my knee for a meniscus tear, plus arthritis. It was bad since day one after surgery. Pain, swelling, and a stiff knee that I cannot straighten. I had a cortisone shot two weeks ago. It felt good for a couple days after the shot so I tested it by hitting golf balls and doing some light lifting/swimming. Big mistake, it is worse now than ever. I am back on crutches, more swelling, and I have a sharp pain on the medial side of my knee when I place any pressure on it. I am thinking I made a big mistake in having it scoped. My wife says I am definitely worse than I ever was. I should have considered other options before I agreed to the scope procedure. Be forewarned if you are considering arthroscopy for a torn meniscus. It is of questionable value and after effects can be disastrous.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

On the 28th August 2013, I underwent surgery for a bucket tear arthroscopy. That was 13 weeks ago! I have continued to experience severe swelling and pain. I have had intense physiotherapy with little or no improvement. It has now been discovered that there is a further tear, the surgeon saying that in trying to save some meniscus and hoping to delay the early onset of arthritis, he overlooked the extra tear; back to surgery for me!

Comment from: Susan, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I tore mine when I fell and did the "splits" while skiing. The initial pain and swelling improved gradually after a few weeks. But I continued to have problems, so my doctor prescribed physical therapy, which I did for about a month to strengthen my hamstrings and quadriceps. I was surprised at the heavy work they had me do, but it did help. The only thing I can't do now is run too hard or long distances. I can get on the treadmill, but I have to be careful not to overdo it. I know I really should keep doing my PT exercises at home, too. At my age, I can no longer take my body for granted and have to work to maintain it so I can continue to work and play!

Comment from: Wen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I was installing a tile floor for a friend around Thanksgiving when I kneeled on the corner of a piece of marble tile. I felt a great deal of pain in that one spot, at the base of my knee cap, for weeks. I figured it was a bruised bone and would take time to heal, but after two months it still became swollen every day. I went to my family doctor at the end of January, who said "it feels crunchy, so I think its age-related issues" and sent me to a PT. I explained that most of my body parts have popped and cracked all of my life. All of my major joints have a "crunchy" feel when palpated during motion. She ignored my opinions. The PT said that I should have had an X-ray and/or MRI, but they would do what they could for four weeks. I stopped going to the gym, stopped walking the dogs for more than once around the park, and avoided stairs – but it was still swollen every day. I finally saw a joint specialist. who sent me to get an MRI. It showed a meniscus tear on the inner edge and a cyst. A cortisone shot fixed it for a few days, but the swelling started up soon after, despite the daily icing and OTC meds. I will be having the scoping done at the end of May. I’m not looking forward to it. I was told I could walk the next day and return to regular activities within one week.

Comment from: Duane, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 08

I had orthoscopic surgery and it went well. I did the physical therapy, as prescribed, and was able to gain strength and flexibility back in my leg. For exercise, I use an elliptical machine and I cycle. However, I think all the exercise has sped up the process for wearing down the bone in my knee. The pain has started to return and I find the knee is more unstable.


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