Patient Comments: Torn Meniscus - Surgery to Repair

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Comment from: Randy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I had right knee arthroscopic medial meniscectomy to repair my torn meniscus on 5-16-18. I still had the same pain so I had another doctor do right knee arthroscopy for partial synovectomy. My leg was swollen and in constant pain. I’m an avid athlete in good shape. Almost 7 months later I had right knee scope, lysis of adhesions, chondroplasty, lateral facetectomy, LPTL (lateral patellotibial ligament) reconstruction with hamstring autograft. I had constant physiotherapy after all surgeries. Still swells every day and I am in constant pain. Just had my 4th doctor do arthroscopy and remove scar tissue.

Comment from: Mark , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 16

September 27, 2017 I had surgery to repair my torn meniscus and 46 percent of the right knee meniscal cartilage was cut away due to tears. Sadly, since then things have got worse, and in 2018 the knee was playing up and still making cracking noises when leveled out. In 2019, I lost my job and was unfit to continue work as walking was difficult. December 2019, MRI scan confirms 3 new complex tears and no more surgery as this will cause further problems, like sciatica nerve pain in the back. So, my knee surgery is a complete failure.

Comment from: Stig , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 28

I had surgery to repair my torn meniscus, as I'm an avid runner. My operation was on 3rd September 2019 for partial medial meniscectomy. I am slowly coming back to running now but I'm struggling in the days after with a tightness in the medial side and tingling in the VMO (vastus medialis oblique), just doesn’t feel right. I'm 5 months post operation and growing concerned this may be the norm going forward!

Comment from: Kat T., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I had a torn medial and lateral meniscus. I had surgery 9 months ago in March, 2019. I have had a lot of trouble with discomfort and inability to kneel, climb stairs, etc. I am getting ready to see if I need a knee replacement since I cannot continue to live this way.

Comment from: Rob p, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

I had ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and meniscus surgery on October 31, 2019. I have been doing physiotherapy for about 2 weeks. I was showing lots of progress at first and kind of just halted. My knee won't stay straight, keeps going right back to bent position every night. I am doing stretches 3 times daily for about 45 minutes to an hour. I am just wondering if I should be worried or just keep on it; everything I hear is worrying.

Comment from: Ljarrell0224, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I have had a ganglion cyst on my left wrist for about 10 months. It has been quite painful and very annoying. Recently I started taking iron, Flagyl (for unrelated condition), and burdock and Moringa (both in capsule form). I have no idea which is shrinking the annoying thing, or if it is the combination, but I am pleased to say the pain is finally gone and the size has decreased to half. Hopefully we are on the road to it being gone! Consult a doctor prior to starting anything though.

Comment from: Jeannie , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I had surgery to repair my torn meniscus this morning at 7 am. It’s now 10:30 pm and I still have zero post operation pain. I’m able to walk on my surgical leg with a limp the same day. I’m not sure what to expect day two but so far so good. They prescribed Percocet and fortunately I haven’t had to take any, not even over-the-counter pain medicines. I’m shocked. I feared the post-operative pain and I have none. I am 54 year old female with torn meniscus and had partial meniscectomy!

Comment from: Sal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

My knee injury consisted of a ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and bucket handle meniscus tear. I opted for the meniscus repair surgery as I was in so much pain and it was the best thing I did. I had less pain after the surgery and was able to walk out unaided. I understand every case is different but I was determined to get my life back as soon as possible and doing the physiotherapy exercises is a must. It’s been two months since my operation and I can pretty much do everything but still feel scared to try any sports yet. I am 80 percent there.

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

On 5/16/19 I had partial medial meniscectomy. Soon after, I woke up in severe pain several times in bed with pseudo locking. I am 6 weeks post-surgery and still cannot walk normally, without knee brace or cane. More than half my medial meniscus was taken out. I wonder if it well get better. I still have odd pains.

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

I wonder if anyone after a partial medial meniscectomy has ever had pseudo-locking when in bed and woke up screaming. Well, if the doctor never told you that it may happen, it may and they never told me. It hurts so badly.

Comment from: JaydedAngel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I am 3 days post operation from having a partial meniscectomy on my right knee due to a tear in the meniscus. If I could go back I wouldn’t have done it. The doctor said I could be weight bearing immediately as tolerated, with crutches. I can’t put any weight on my leg and I am in severe pain. My knee has a deep constant ache and the pain shoots down my entire leg. I can’t bend my knee at all and I can’t straighten it fully due to swelling. I’m miserable with this constant pain and wish I had never done it.

Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

I’m 8 weeks post operation for a 70 percent bucket handle tear of the meniscus. I had full leg brace for 6 weeks. I started basic physiotherapy (PT) exercises immediately and have been extremely diligent in recommended post-operative care. Luckily as a physiotherapist I have the knowledge to be able to rehabilitate and regain strength safely, 3 to 4 hours daily including swimming and static bike. I am doing pre-habilitation now for ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) operation. It’s a little sore still but have almost full range of motion and I can walk and use stairs. Don’t give up your PT! It’s dull but vital for good recovery.

Comment from: Bielerpie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I had meniscus tear repair December 3rd, 2018. Right after the surgery I didn't have a lot of pain because I had so much prior. January 2nd, 2018 I was in a head on collision and both knees had hit the dashboard. It took 8 months to be diagnosed with the tear. During this time I had limped for so long that now even after surgery I cannot completely straighten my leg. Terrible pain inside tibia. Always pain. I can’t even work.

Comment from: Irene Martinez, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I had meniscus tear surgery on September 10th, 2018, and now it is January 10th, 2019, 4 months later. I cannot fully straighten my knee, I wake up during the night in pain and now I have to have another MRI done to see what's going on. My next appointment is on January 30th to see my results. I hope this can be fixed. It is hard that you go see a doctor before surgery with pain and then come out of surgery still in pain.

Comment from: Sandra, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

About two years ago I had left knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The doctor removed all the cartilage from my knee. Now it is bone against bone. Shortly after surgery I began having pain down the outside of my left leg about the middle of my leg. Now the pain is constant, and it is like nerve pain. I wonder what could be wrong.

Comment from: littledogzog, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I had a repair of a complex tear of medial meniscus. One day post operation I started having muscle spasms in my quadriceps muscle with movement, and have done stretches. The spasms are better but my leg feels weak like it is going to give out. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this.

Comment from: Janeen4947, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I am 65 old. Two years ago, after listing 30 different things wrong in my body, I started a whole plant based diet. Wow, 29 things disappeared in 3 weeks. But I fell off a ladder and had severely torn the left meniscus. A great surgeon did the surgery. I went into the surgery at 7:33 am, according the surgical nurse, and was in the car after a very speedy post operation recovery, at 9 am. But here's the terrific part. I had no post operation pain at all.

Comment from: Garverjoh, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had a severe tear in the meniscus in my left knee, was in a lot of pain and could not put pressure on my leg, and used a walker to get around. I had surgery on September 7, 2018, and first day I had no pain, but I could not lift my leg. However, each day got a little better and one month later I am walking fine, pain free. I am able to go up and down stairs and do minimal exercise right now. Very important to do the lifting exercises, icing every 20 minutes and elevation of leg. My doctor was amazing.

Comment from: Chris C, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I had a torn meniscus in my right knee. I lived with pain for 10 years until I opted for surgery. The post-operative swelling and pain were worse than I expected. The recovery was as I read, but more painful and took longer than I expected. With the swelling I could not put any weight on, or straighten my leg for two weeks. With much difficulty I did all the post operation exercises that were assigned. It is vital to break up scar tissue. After several physical therapy sessions, at about 4 weeks I was walking straight. It was 4 months before it felt normal.

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Comment from: tennislady, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I am a 69 year old female who played sports all of my life. I had light pain in both knees while playing and injured one causing some lock ups. Best surgeon in town scheduled meniscus repair arthroscopies in both knees. During the month waiting for surgery, all pain was gone. It's now been 6 weeks since the surgery and I've been in constant pain in both knees (a new pain on the inside of my knees). I've been doing physical therapy for four weeks and my therapist is not deeply concerned, but I'm getting worried.

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

I am 53 years old, overweight, and suffering from a meniscus tear, a reoccurring Baker’s cyst, and arthritis in both knees. I have been in pain since 6/2/18 when the first Baker’s cyst ruptured, and the other burst in April. My surgeon couldn’t guarantee I would be in less pain with the surgery, so I opted out. It seems to be a hit and miss with surgery, so now I wait till I am bad enough for a knee replacement.

Comment from: Knutts, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 06

It is three weeks after meniscus surgery and my knee constantly aches; it never stops. Surgeon says he irritated my varicose veins! I'm not sleeping and will have to go to work soon. I hope it will resolve or I am I done. I'm trying big time to forget it and move on but the ache never stops and I am tired of taking pills. It shouldn't still be hurting 24/7!

Comment from: Grahan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 24

I had an inner meniscus problem. I had an arthroscopy done 23rd May, 2018. I thought it was going to be fine afterwards as my other knee was 6 years previous. But no. I cannot put my full weight on my knee. It does not bend. I struggle with stairs and now it is almost 3 months since operation. I have had steroid injection and it did not last long. So now I am going back to the specialist to see what can be done.

Comment from: Arvella, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I had repair of lateral and medial meniscus tear of my left knee, 5 tears in all. I am 5 weeks post-operation and I have intense and almost debilitating pain when walking. I cannot walk unassisted when first getting out of bed. I don't know if getting a compression sleeve would help or what, but my quality of life has reduced drastically because it is too painful to be active.

Comment from: Mpegr, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I had surgery to repair my torn meniscus 7 weeks ago. I had to have a lot of my meniscus removed as it was not good anymore. I am hurting worse now and more swollen since before the surgery. It is really tough. My physical therapy worker said that on top of my femur that connects to the knee is a tendon that is knotted up because of muscle loss. My surgeon said no problem, and to come back in a few weeks. I can hardly walk. I cannot get down on my knee and the pain in the muscle and bone around the knee is very bad, and it is painful to bend my knee while walking.

Comment from: No releif in sight., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I had knee surgery on May 31st, 2018 to repair 3 meniscus tears on my right knee. From the second I was awakened from surgery, I have suffered intense pain. I've asked my doctor if this pain will ever stop! My life is being affected immensely. I am wearing out from the pain.

Comment from: Mrfa, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 20

I am a 54 years old male. I had medial meniscus surgery on my left knee on 5th April 2018. Two months later my right knee meniscus has started clicking very painfully, and started locking when straightening leg out from sitting. My flat is on the third floor of our building and no lift. So I had no choice but to climb the stairs albeit with a single crutch. Now I am afraid I will need another meniscus repair on the right knee. I wonder if my right knee could have been overcompensating for the bad one.

Comment from: Lardarz, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I had a 40 mm bucket handle tear in my left meniscus due to trauma injury which was incredibly painful and locked my leg up. I had an arthroscopic repair operation using sutures and Chondro-Gide wrapping with stem cell enhancement 5 weeks ago. Initially I had lots of swelling and bruising, and am non-weight bearing and restricted to 90 degree maximum flexion for a total 6 weeks. It has been extremely painful but is gradually getting better, although it has been very challenging to avoid weight on it and I have had to balance a couple of times with leg in full extension. I find the quad tensing exercises difficult and I have a dull ache and a bit of tenderness. I don’t have any catching or locking up so am hopeful it has been successful and the sutures have held. I am aware it is quite a long total rehabilitation period before getting anything like back to pre-operation function but am hoping to be able to return to cycling soon. Just really hoping the sutures continue to hold and don’t fail.

Comment from: RayS, 55-64 (Patient) Published: June 15

I had a degenerative medial meniscus tear at age 56. Four months after injury I had arthroscopic partial meniscectomy. My pain was about the same for a month and then fairly suddenly in the following 2 or 3 weeks my pain subsided significantly to the point of nearly no discomfort. This now allows a full range of motion. I will likely play it safe and discontinue jogging for walking.

Comment from: Hank59, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

After 5 weeks after meniscus repair surgery I actually feel more pain than before. I am still waiting for my insurance to authorize physical therapy and my physician never gave me any exercise instructions. My pain is a lot more frequent and I start hurting with walking short distances, and to make things worse the pain is more intense.

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

Surgical procedure to repair my torn meniscus went well. I had no infection and minimal therapy, and exercises were taught. It took a year before I could walk up out of ditches.

Comment from: MargeW, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I had my surgery for torn meniscus on March 23rd, 2018. As of today I'm still walking with a cane and I can do some exercises but my biggest problem is I keep getting a sharp pain in the front of my knee that stops me in my tracks. I thought I would be better after the meniscus surgery but I'm not, so I may have to start back to getting cortisone shots in this knee again.

Comment from: Industrial Worker, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

I just had a partial meniscus removal yesterday with a touch of osteoarthrosis on the lower part of the knee cap, all right knee. The doctor is top-rated. The day of the surgery I felt no pain leaving the hospital due to the anesthesia and 2 Norco 325s. I limited my walking but did do the usual bathroom and kitchen. There is a threshold in our garage to the house that cannot be any higher than 3/8' high. My right knee did catch on it slightly but it was slow and direct and not a side pull. I elevated, iced and went to sleep a few hours. Still felt good. I tried to go to sleep normal time but never got a wink. I took off the ACE and cleaned it. Wow, the swelling. The doctor told me I'd be back to work (physical job, I'm in great shape) in 4 weeks. I want to keep positive. I looked at all the pictures; did not look good. I'm older so it was a degenerative tear that kind of hurt and would go away the last 2 years. I was trimming a tree in the back yard and did nothing extraordinary but I knew I was done. Just reading the comments and looking at the operation procedure pictures, I feel this may be a longer road. After last night's pain, it has already crossed my mind that I may have to retire and take a desk job. Good luck to all. Got to keep the faith.

Comment from: Marmar61, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I had arthroscopic surgery one year ago for a torn meniscus. The surgery went well - doctor shaved off the damaged section. I had very little swelling, was walking and had almost full range of motion (with some discomfort) within a couple of weeks. I was 56, overweight and had not worked out in decades. I started working out (told to do leg presses, no lunges or squats by my doctor). After 8 months I felt stronger, lost 50 lb., but seemed to hit a wall with my knee recovery. When earlier, working out seem to loosen up my knee - and again rarely any swelling, now I am starting to feel specific sharp pains on a more regular basis. It is not an aching or soreness from overdoing with pain or stiffness. It is a sharp pain that will last for several minutes as I walk. And now 4 months later it is happening at some point every day to the point that I am limping. I have never been free from pain completely since surgery. I have tolerance to aches but this feels as if something again is not right. While I don’t have the lack of stability I experienced before surgery, this pain prevents me from jogging, climbing stars without discomfort, getting up off the floor without pain or walking longer distances. My doctor before surgery said I had very little arthritis and should have a full recovery. When I went in at 8 months to voice my concerns he said I do have some arthritis and may always have some discomfort. He said he could give me cortisone shot if pain persists. Also my knee cracks, pops and grinds like crazy now - something it never did pre-surgery. Now 4 months later, I am scheduling a final visit and will insist on another MRI - if he declines, maybe I should go for a second opinion. Many people I have talked to have had such great results following surgery and yet I feel I only am 50 percent back even though I work out to build up the muscles around my knee and have lost a significant amount of weight.

Comment from: pp123, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I had my surgery end of January 2018 and I'm still in pan. I had torn meniscus and had to use crutches for 4 weeks since I was not allowed to step. In that time my knee got stiff and I could still not extend it. I think that my recovery has lasted extremely long and I'm afraid something went wrong during surgery.

Comment from: Shruti , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I had fallen from a two wheeler while learning to ride and had an LCL (lateral collateral ligament), ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), and meniscus tear. I was advised an arthroscopy but the thought of a surgery scared me because I am the only person to do the house chores and if I had to sit down in bed it would be difficult. Finally I got an extensive arthroscopic surgery done on 7th April, 2018. I experienced some pain post surgery but started walking with the help of a walker on the third day. Almost after 20 days I started walking without the walker but partial weight bearing. The doctor who operated on me was so experienced and knowledgeable that I recovered within no time. After a month after surgery I started with physiotherapy and just within two weeks (3 sittings a week) I am able to do all the exercises and bending my knee. I am happy because I have recovered 90 percent within 6 weeks. I feel fortunate to have come across such a knowledgeable surgeon and physiotherapist and can't thank them enough to make me stand on my feet and do all the normal house chores. I just have swelling on my ankle which I know will subside in a few weeks.

Comment from: Pattyb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I had meniscus surgery on April 3rd, and it still hurts and I can’t walk. It hurts behind my knee and calf muscle and I think I have something else going on behind my knee now. My knee is still swollen and I have sharp pains in my knee, like someone is cutting it with a knife. Therapy hurt me and I don’t know if I can handle it right now. The doctor is going to manipulate it but first I would like to find out if everything is going well. I trust my doctor so I think he will do his very best to get me to walk better once it stops hurting.

Comment from: Patty b, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 07

I had meniscus surgery a month ago. The doctor was very good. I have pain still but my leg was frozen or stiff and I still can’t extend my leg out but I can bend it a little bit. But my chief complaint is that the knee is swollen and it feels the same way before I had my surgery. It hurts behind my knee. If I lie down or sit, upon standing it hurts so bad I can’t stand right away. I don’t know if it is my femur that is making me hurt so bad or something else, but the end of May my doctor is going to manipulate it and then we will see. Wish me luck. The doctor was great but I need to know if my meniscus might have torn again, I think it is something else.

Comment from: Patpat, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I had arthroscopic meniscus surgery on 3/28/18. I tried to avoid it for two months unsuccessfully as I was in agony and could barely walk. I walked better the day after surgery than I had previously. I started physiotherapy (PT) a week later and it has now been five weeks. My knee is still swollen but I get around without any problems or pain. PT hurts a lot and progress is slow but I understand it takes three to four months before one is 100 percent. I still elevate and ice when I can and hoping to see more results soon.

Comment from: Cindy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

I had arthroscopic surgery 2 days ago for tearing in both the lateral and medial meniscus. Surgery went well, although it was more extensive than the doctor originally thought, due to a flap and cleaning up of a ruptured cyst. Right out of surgery I was in quite a lot of pain and had some intravenous pain medicine which helped. Once I got home I did have to take hydrocodone every six hours for the following 48 hours. Now I am just taking Motrin and have started my at-home exercises. My range is still quite limited, but I am measuring it so I can observe the improvement. My tears were degenerative, probably over the last 9 months of playing 2 to 3 hours of tennis almost every day. I hope to get back playing soon, but I will be spending less time on the courts and more time in the gym for sure!

Comment from: moira, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I had surgery on my left knee 10 days ago. I had a para-meniscal cyst that had burst, so my surgeon cleaned that up and trimmed my damaged meniscus and stitched up a tendon that had a hole in it. It is the 3rd surgery I have had on my knee, the other 2 were for removal of cysts but they kept coming back. I have a full time physical job with horses and my surgeon said I will be fine for work 3 weeks from my operation. At the moment I am having trouble straightening my leg and can hardly walk. I don’t know if this is normal for the surgery I have had or if I should be worried that this operation hasn't worked either.

Comment from: mastcosi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

After 2 years of trying therapy and exercise, I decided to have the surgery to repair my torn meniscus. It was the best thing I ever did. The recovery was longer than I thought it would be and during the recovery I tore a calf muscle, but with physical therapy and a determination not to give up, 4 months later I am pain free and getting on with my life. I turned the corner when I started working the smaller muscle groups around my knee. I still do at home stretches and exercises; I don’t want a repeat.

Comment from: Sandra, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I had surgery for a torn meniscus. I limped for a month before I had the surgery because it was hard to get in to see a surgeon, they are so busy. My surgery was on 5-20-15, my doctor didn't sent me to therapy until 2 weeks later when I requested it. I have gone back to therapy twice and I am still having pain and can’t walk right. My last doctor appointment was in 11/15 and my doctor told me my thigh muscle is weak I have to exercise it. I am trying but it is difficult because my limp is making my calf hurt as I try to walk straight. I am still on anti-inflammatory medication and feeling very discouraged.

Comment from: Bendix20, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

I had surgery to repair my torn meniscus last Friday 2-12-16. I was in a bit of pain that day but was lightly walking on it and moving the knee by the evening. The next day it was very sore and stiff. The Vicodin they gave me did nothing to help. I had asked for the weaker medicine but wish I had not. Sunday it felt a bit better and I started taking 800 mg of ibuprofen every 8 hours and that helped immensely. I am still sore but I have been moving around and walking now for nearly a week. It gets a little better each day. Not sure how long the pain should last.

Comment from: Brian, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

My left knee was snapping and swelling up when used moderately. The surgeon interpreted the MRI as a moderate tear. He removed 40 percent of medial and 10 to 15 percent of lateral meniscus and cleaned up the bearing surface of patella. The first week post-surgery I was concerned there was little progress in motion and pain. Nine or ten days post-surgery there was a marked improvement. Now 5 weeks and 3 days post-surgery, swelling is almost gone and I did a little 15 yard jog, 5 times, no bad pain. It still hurts, 3 on 10, intermittently along the inside of my patella. Time will tell if all the pain goes away.

Comment from: Annie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I had a torn meniscus from working out (I lost about 75 pounds ten years ago) but in the process I tore my meniscus. I put surgery off for about five years but finally gave in when the steroid injections stopped working and the doctor said I couldn't have any more. I had the surgery seven weeks ago and I developed a large egg size lump above my knee. It is quite painful at night time, along with my entire thigh. It wakes me up every night. It's not too bad in the daytime when I'm walking but I dread going to sleep at night. The physical therapist believes I have something called IT (iliotibial) band syndrome. I have more pain now than I ever did before the surgery. I go to the surgeon tomorrow since I can't stand it anymore.

Comment from: tim961, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

I underwent an arthroscopic procedure to repair a significant tear in my meniscus. I had waited 7 weeks to see if the knee would heal on its own and it did not. After several days I can say that I feel 100 percent better and expect a full recovery. I already have very little pain. I am so happy I went through with this!

Comment from: Brenda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I had a large tear in my left knee and meniscus repair surgery on 12/30/2013. Eight months later I am still in a lot of pain at the surgery site. I have done physical therapy, and 2 cortisone injections with not much relief. I am very discouraged, I was hoping my surgery would improve my knee, instead I have lots of sleepless nights due to pain and popping when I flex my knee.

Comment from: Ouch, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

I"ve been experiencing some unprecedented pain on the inner part of my left knee. Being a gout sufferer with all my attacks occurring in my feet, I just figured it moved up the ladder a bit. After six weeks of icing and physical therapy (PT) an MRI revealed a medial meniscus tear. I will continue to take PT to the maximum along with trying cortisone shots as a last resort to surgery. Pain wise, I think I"d go with gout as the better option. It"s just unrelenting!

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 30

I was operated for a bucket handle tear to the medial meniscus at the same time as an attempted repair of a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) 9 months ago. The meniscal tear was partially trimmed and the rest sutured with 2 "inside outside" stiches and 3 Arthrex meniscus darts. Recovery was slow as the stitches and darts had to dissolve over an 8 week period. I was not walking properly for 3 months and had popping in the knee afterwards but no pain from the meniscus. Due to the failed ACL repair I underwent an ACL replacement using a hamstring graft three weeks ago. The meniscus repair was overall found to be successful although a couple of very small tears were removed. It is noticeable how much less pain and swelling there is this time around but I don’t know if the first operation pain was due to the meniscus fix or the so called "healing response" treatment of the ACL. I am on one crutch and feel as if I will be walking properly in half the time of the meniscus repair. So sorry, the recovery will be slow, but it’s a lot better than dealing with osteoarthritis and possible knee replacement surgery later if your cartilage can be saved! There are times when you think things will never get better but believe me, they will, just tough it out.

Comment from: ballet barre, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I tore my meniscus in April when I tripped over a display in a store and slid about 10 feet into a staircase. My doctor tried both cortisone injections and Orthovisc, neither of which did any good. In fact my knee became stiffer. Most people I've spoken to are fine after 6 to 8 weeks. I on the other hand am now on week 7 and have more pain including a constant searing from one incision site to the top of my knee cap (roughly where the 'dimple" is when you contract it), than I had before surgery. I still cannot go down stairs without pain. I go to physiotherapy twice a week and the gym three times a week. I'm 5'3 and 120lbs so, not so out of shape but terribly frustrated. Now my doctor says well this may be "as good as it gets" since the tear was bigger than I thought it was from the MRI. I told him that I'm still having warmth at the incision sites (2 of the 3) which is a little odd after 7 weeks and he just said to keep icing and wait another week. He suggested another cortisone shot but that seems a little counterproductive after I've just had surgery, wasn't that supposed to prevent it!

Comment from: RidaS, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I tore my Meniscus in mid-June and was rushed into surgery a week later. My meniscus had flipped my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) out of place and surgery was imperative to move the ACL back in place and to remove the torn part. I have been consistent with my physical therapy sessions and have found that the more stretching and exercise that I do, the stronger my knee feels. I walk for an hour at least three times a week and cycle for about a half hour. I don't always feel like it, but I want to get rid of this wobbly knee sensation. It has subsided some since I have incorporated walking and riding more consistently. I still have pain and soreness when weather changes (rain or fronts moving through) and stair climbing is not one of my favorite activities anymore, but I think with time and exercise these things will get better.

Comment from: Danita, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I had a meniscus repair on July 11th this year. My knee hurts so bad now. It stings and burns, and it locks up and pops. I don’t know what is going on.

Comment from: Sandy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I had arthroscopy surgery for meniscus one week ago and now I am having a pain in the calf area of the said foot. I also have a swelling at the side of the foot.

Comment from: Sara 2018, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I had meniscus surgery in February 2018, it will be 3 months and I am still in pain. The doctor also put cement in the knee where the bone had worn away and I had to be on crutches for 4 weeks, not fun! My knee is swollen and my foot is also swollen. I just wonder if anyone has had this same problem and how long it will take to be better.

Comment from: Sassie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

After I had my meniscus repair surgery on 3-12-18 I can’t walk like I walked before I had the surgery, and I still have some swelling. I wonder if I should still use the ice pack they gave me.

Comment from: kristi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I had meniscus repair surgery on August 15, 2017 and now afraid I have re-torn my meniscus. My knee is swelling a lot after attempting squats with the physical therapist.

Comment from: rosebudd, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I had meniscus repair surgery 5 years ago, and though it healed nicely and with much physical therapy, from time to time it still hurts.

Comment from: Dennis, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 18

I have had meniscus surgery on both knees. It has been 6 months since, I still can't walk far, and am constantly in pain. I have seen endocrinologist, nerve specialist and cancer doctor as I have fluid that can be seen on MRI, yet no one has the answer and the physiotherapist says no idea.

Comment from: Bosco, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I had surgery in September on my knee for a meniscus tear. It is four months now and I still can't put weight on my knee or walk far, and it's still very swollen but the doctor says that's fine. It hurts.

Comment from: Bindy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in my knee. It is four months since my surgery and I still can't walk far or bear weight on my knee. Surgeon doesn't seem to care. I worry about it.

Comment from: Low, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I had meniscus surgery and it is 7 weeks now, but my knee is very swollen and hurts a lot. I need to exercise the back of my knee and my calf. I do the exercises best I can. The surgeon says this is normal. For pain he is giving me Tylenol. He wants me to take an anti-inflammatory but I can't, I am icing it.

Comment from: CSV57, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had a meniscus tear repaired today with arthroscopic surgery. Now that I am home at night when I bent over to pick something up, my knee made a squirting sound. Like you were squeezing water out of a bottle. It was really weird and there is no pain.

Comment from: nicole, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

Two months after surgery to repair your torn meniscus, I still have stiff knee and very swollen. It was supposed to be a very benign operation, wish I had never gone through this, it is till unbearable. I am 5 ft. 4 inch tall, 135 lb. and very active, swimming and lifting weights at 67 years of age.

Comment from: jaks, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I had meniscus surgery 3 days ago! It was a large tear! They also repaired something on my patella and a root avulsion tear! I’m on crutches for 6 weeks with nothing but slight toe pressure with a locked brace! It's going to be a long road!

Comment from: Martha, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

On January 15, 2014, I had a scope repair for a torn meniscus, the doctor also repaired or cleaned some arthritis. On the first day it felt great, now the insertion is very sore, but the meniscus is better.

Comment from: Tchnyou, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I fell on my left knee on concrete. I had a meniscus repair six weeks ago. I have been in therapy for three weeks to rehabilitate my knee. It is still swollen and sore. I have pain when I put weight on my left leg and it aches terribly. At night is the worst. I cannot sleep through the night without it waking me and I sleep with a pillow between my knees.

Comment from: Joyce P, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

Five weeks after my arthroscopy my knee is still very sore and swollen. I have followed all instructions regarding rehabilitation but not much has helped so far. I am a tennis player and quite fit.

Comment from: Crossfitter, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 28

I had a full tear in my ACL and a torn meniscus. This is day 4 from surgery and the pain and swelling are getting better. Day 2 was probably the worst pain I have ever experienced. I think it has a lot to do with the nerve block wearing off. I started using a flex machine on the second day. This also added to the pain but now on day four I'm at almost 90 degrees of flex ion. I am hoping to be walking without crutches in a few more days.

Comment from: JJ, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had surgery to have a torn meniscus trimmed. After the surgery, I was told that the x-rays had not shown how much arthritis had affected my knee. I was on crutches for a couple of weeks, walked with a cane for about 3 weeks but always with pain. The surgery was on 15th Aug, 2013 and I still cannot walk normally, plus there is pain with little mobility in my knee joint.

Comment from: Vicki, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I am 54. I fell very hard in a parking lot, forward. I hurt all over afterwards. I had an MRI of my knee and ankle so far. The knee says maybe a torn meniscus. My orthopedist acted like I am too old to get it fixed. My ankle has a torn ligament. I want to be the way I was before the fall. The store owner should have to pay to get me back to the way I was before. I didn’t hurt.

Comment from: Ordinary woman, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I had meniscectomy 6 months ago for torn meniscus and it still hurts just as bad as before surgery.

Comment from: Leanmachine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I tore my meniscus in my left knee in November. I was told at first it was a sprain. Then I was told by my physiotherapist that it was patellofemoral syndrome. Nothing has helped. I was told I have to see a specialist and have my knee scraped. I’m afraid after reading these comments. As a last chance hope I’m going to a chiropractor to see if I can get some help. My aunt found help when they used an activator (for the same problem). I have a physical job but I may not be able to do this anymore.

Comment from: Tapan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 26

After 21 days of ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery my stitches were opened. But now I am feeling severe pain near my patella while trying to bend my knee. It is raising just a little. I wonder if my surgery was unsuccessful or if I have a torn meniscus.

Comment from: 49er, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 21

I dislocated my left shoulder and went to the doctor, and 'by-the-way' checked my right knee (I felt something). MRI showed medial meniscus oblique tear. But after reading I decided not to proceed with surgery. I can walk, do sit-ups, a little jogging, no running, and no jumping. I have pain when I bike. Time will tell if I made the right decision.

Comment from: ferretlady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I had torn meniscus surgery a year ago and I still get a rubbery feeling when I try to bend.

Comment from: JENN, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn meniscus four months ago. I was doing ok but within the past couple of days I have been having occasional sharp pain when walking.

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

Two months ago I had a bucket-handle tear repaired and now I have more pain than before! I am regretting the operation.

Comment from: duwe4ever, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I recently had a scope repair on my meniscus. It still hurts to walk after awhile. I'm just wondering how long it takes for it to feel better. It's better than it was, but still sore.

Comment from: Celina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

I had surgery to repair torn meniscus 10 days ago and recovery is very slow. I was also wondering why I had the intervention. I want my knee back so I am able to walk normally, play tennis and work out.

Comment from: 405davidb, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I had surgery 2 weeks ago to remove a bucket tear in my meniscus. I had very little pain before but could not bend my knee. Now I have pain and I still have no range of motion in my knee. Also my knee joint feels loose now. I wish I had not had the surgery.

Comment from: nightingale50, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

A month ago I was in my garden, trimming old raspberry canes, some of which were still silty from Hurricane Irene. I got pricked by a thorn on the inside of my right knee, right where I had taken a big fall the year before. The next day I was flat on my back, with an extremely sore knee. Two weeks later I went to the doctor, who sent me directly to the ER. Surgery was done to clear a raging infection. In the process, a torn meniscus was repaired. About 10 days after surgery, I felt so much better – my knee is more flexible and less painful than before surgery, and I feel improvement every day. I am very happy so far with the surgery. I believe I am going to be more mobile, and in less pain than I have been in more than a year.

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

I felt an awful burning about four weeks ago and then intense pain in my right knee. I also heard popping noises. A week later, I had 20 cc of fluid drained. Since then, I’ve still had pain and swelling. My MRI showed a tear in my meniscus. Surgery has been scheduled. Hopefully, this will put me back to good health. I feel pain 24/7. Each step has to be careful, as I have the fear of falling or creating more pain.

Comment from: Thor, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 02

After six weeks, I am still experiencing significant pain and swelling. It is still rather stiff and I am wearing a knee brace because it feels weak and "wobbly." I have had two steroid injections to help with the swelling. I am unable to sleep at night unless I use narcotic painkillers, due to a deep, throbbing pain in the joint. I also have significant arthritic problems with my knee, so this surgery may have amplified the usual inflammation.

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