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John M
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:43 pm    Post subject: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Anybody ever had one? Ortho doc pulled out 75ml of red tinted fluid from my knee this morning. He firmly believes I have a torn meniscus, but Im having an MRI the day before I gorge on turkey and ham! I have to have open air mri and that was the first day I could get it done. So if you had the surgery to fix it, how bad was it?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Guy I met in line at the store had his knee all bandaged up. Did his twice! First time was field hockey or something and the second was just slow jogging. Not that old of a guy. He said some folks are predisposed to ripping stuff up. Hope they fix you up.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yup. Two of them, a right and a left. It does require an MRI to definitively diagnose one, but if your Doc is experienced, he probably knows the symptoms pretty good.

Draining fluid and steroid injections help temporarily, but it requires surgery to remove the torn piece for a more than temporary fix.

Mine were both done arthroscopically, two small holes in the front of the knee about 1/4 inch diameter. One for the camera, one for the tools. Done under anesthetic. Out patient, walked out about and hour or so later and went home. The Doc even gave me pictures of the arthritis inside the knee.

Figure on some swelling, you'll be on ice for 3 or 4 days, but it will ache for a month or two and when it gets cold or on damp, rainy days. Mine are both sensitive to cold, so I sometimes wear a knee brace just to keep them warm.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had both knees done. Had to be put out because one was latched upside down and the other was torn too far. They may be able to sew it together if not torn too bad but mine had to be removed altogether. One was in 88 and the other in 97. Walked out of the day surgery after I woke up, pain occasionally but the cartilage is completely worn out now. I exercise the legs/knees to keep the muscles strong and the knee will stay in place and does not bother too much unless I do too much. The knees has a way of saying time to quit and I listen now.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Been there, PCP drew out the same amount, sent me to a specialist, he looked at it said you can have surgery, or ice it and keep it wrapped. He then said to me, your going to do the latter aren't you, I said yep, he gave me his card, told me to come back he would fix me up if it doesn't work. It worked and I kept doing my own thing with the Mrs. hammering on me to take more rest breaks.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Wait before you sign up for surgery. I had a torn meniscus verified by an MRI. The doctor gave me some alternatives - (1)live with the pain and get an injection in the knee, steroid I think, every few months, (2)take it easy and rest the knee several times during the day and maybe the meniscus will heal, and (3)surgery. He told me that at my age, early 70's at the time, surgery to cut away the torn portion of the meniscus won't always heal to become pain free. He said surgery is normally an option for younger folks. I don't know the age range of "younger folks". Maybe that's you. I chose the do-nothing alternative #2 hoping the knee would heal itself. It did. The pain lasted on and off about 4 months and then it was gone.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My wife had her left knee done. All went well surgically, the damage was done in physical therapy and now has it have it reworked again. She is doing the steroid shots for now.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I tore my meniscus back in 2000. I assume treatment has improved a great deal since, but I wasn't real happy with the results back then. I was pretty much recovered when I went in for the orthoscopy. It took me longer to recover from the surgery from the original tear. The surgeon told me afterwards that there wasn't much they could do to repair the tear because I was over 40 years old. In retrospect, I think I should have skipped the surgery.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had mine done when I was in my mid 50's. It was a long recovery or at least I thought it was. Took the better part of a year. Still acts up every now and then....ice it down and good to go.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had a torn meniscus scoped 5 or 6 years ago. It came out just fine. One thing I learned the hard way was when they tell you to ice it when you get home, you had better listen to them. Oh, isn’t that pulling out fluid process fun?!!!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-John M wrote:
(quoted from post at 18:43:53 11/08/1Cool Anybody ever had one? Ortho doc pulled out 75ml of red tinted fluid from my knee this morning. He firmly believes I have a torn meniscus, but Im having an MRI the day before I gorge on turkey and ham! I have to have open air mri and that was the first day I could get it done. So if you had the surgery to fix it, how bad was it?


Just had my second knee done this last Monday the 5th. The tear was varified by MRI and I was given options but all lead back to surgery at some point. I chose to get it cleaned up now at 55 Years old and extend the time until I may need a replacement if there is continued deterioration. Last scope was 45 minutes and I was all over the house when I got home. It’s a bit sore now but the knee doesn’t lock up anymore. Took me about 4 months after the first procedure to completely trust the knee. Was a bit weak side to side. It’s great now, hoping for the same results on the second knee
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had it happen in both knees. First one I had the cortisone shot which lasted about a half day. After that he gave me what he called "rooster comb" injections. Looked like clear silicon gel but its was actually made from rooster combs I was told. I had 5 injections, one every week and it turned out pain free within a month after last injection. The second one didn't work as well. Finally had it scoped but it still bothers. Doctor said I had arthritis in the joint and he scrapped it off but it left bone on bone. The knee actually doesn't bother but the muscles above and below the knee get tight and painful. I do exercises for it and can move the knee in all directions to the doctors approval but it still bothers. Like dragging a 50 lb weight around.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

This all started Tuesday. I was climbing up into my work truck, and my knee popped so loud and so hard I literally started crying. No one was around at the moment, and I couldn't put any weight on it at all. Finally after 10 - 15 minutes someone came out to check on me, and I was able to get to my pickup to sit down and call my wife. She got there pretty fast since she was in the area, and took me to the ER. Of course wasted too much time in there, and got x rays which dodnt show any bone damage. I got to see the ortho doc today, and after all the poking and prodding and moving my knee around he came to his diagnosis. After the MRI, we will make a better decision on what to do. It really upsets me that this happened, this knee had been giving me issues the past couple of months, but nothing like this, and it was actually one of the joints in my body that didn't bother and hurt as bad as the others. I appreciate all the comments so far!!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mine partly healed itself. It started in 1970 when I fwll off some equit while in the Army. I planted both knees in a heater duct 14 foot off the floor and that would not have ended well if a guy would not have broke my fall. I would have landed on mu back bone between my shoulder blades. Back then a fix was really bad maybe worse than the pain. They give shots and I had bed rest for a month. Then all went well for many years but I was folding up my saw mill and I tore it again. MRI showed 2 tears and they wanted to do mice surgery on it. I could not get in to get it done and the pain went away so I never had it done. It still bothers once in a while but I just take it easy
 
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Torn Meniscus Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had torn meniscus orthoscopic outpatient surgery 7-8years ago.
Not bad at all. Just laid up for 6 weeks from work.
May have to have further surgery soon.(after the first of the year)
I'll find out more next week.
 
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