Patient Comments: Arthroscopy - Experience

Question:For what condition(s) did you seek arthroscopy?

Comment from: Amy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had an arthroscopy 8 days ago to repair a torn cartilage. I used crutches for a couple of days, only used pain killers for the first day. I can walk, but not very far, going up and down stairs still hurts. Bending my knee is difficult so I"ve not attempted driving yet. My knee clicks when I walk. It seems either sore or there"s a dull ache, but not too bad. I"ve been doing the physiotherapy exercises given by the hospital and they are getting easier. I"ve still got the little bandages on and some blood has shown through in places. I"m desperate for a proper shower!

Comment from: faith5x5, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I had arthroscopy 5 days ago for a meniscal tear. My knee is very weak, I have a hard time walking on crutches and the thigh above the knee is very painful to touch. I have to go back to work in at least 3 weeks! I was told this should not be a problem. I now feel disabled.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I had a meniscus tear and arthritis in my knee and I had arthroscopic surgery 2 weeks ago and had hardly any pain. It was more pain before the operation and I"m walking without crutches. Now and again if I move knee wrong way I get a grabbing feeling. It certainly depends on the surgeon how your recovery goes. I had a well-known one and I"m very happy as I went for 10 months with pain before doing anything about it. I"m back to work next week.

Comment from: Diana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had arthroscopy done for a torn medial meniscus and arthritis on July 23, 2013. My operation was done at 2:00 p.m., I woke up at 3:00 p.m. and went home at 4:30 p.m. I was able to walk without a crutch right away, slowly, and not for very long distance. I had bruising along the outside of my leg from where they clamped the leg down. That hurt for a couple of weeks. I drove my car four days after surgery but found my leg swelled up. I could not bend my knee while doing stairs for about two weeks, and after two weeks I had my dressing removed. I started my own physical therapy right away, and even started yoga again. It is now a month and a half since the surgery, there is still some stiffness, however I have full range of motion, go for walks, ride my bike, swim, do gentle aerobics and yoga!

Comment from: Isabelle, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I had arthroscopy 8 weeks ago to tighten a metal plate I've had for 6 years. Before the operation I was in enormous pain and as a professional dancer it was terrible! After the operation I left the hospital within 4 hours with the aid of crutches. I was on crutches for about 9 days and in physical therapy every day. However, I was in agony for a good two weeks after the operation and could only start to bend my knee properly after a week. After 9 days I could walk slowly without crutches with a bit of pain but by 3 weeks I was walking with no pain. It was only after about 5 weeks that I was allowed to start dancing again, although nowhere near to the extent I had been before the operation and I was on several painkillers. Now, 8 weeks after the operation I can dance pretty normally but still experience pain at times but it's nowhere near as bad as it was before the operation.

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

I had meniscus tear in both knees. Arthroscopic surgery on one went fine, with the other one I had in October of 2013 I am in terrible pain each day. I had physical therapy for 3 months but can"t walk. I do not know what to do.

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

I had total knee replacement a year ago, have scar tissue, now the doctor wants to do arthroscopic procedure. When checking I did not see this being done on total knee replacement.

Comment from: Ria, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had arthroscopy for meniscus tear of 6 cm and Baker's cyst.

Comment from: LOTUS, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I had surgery for a torn meniscus on May 17th this year. I was on crutches for 4 days, could not bend my knee to put my leg down. I walked with a cane for 5 days and decided I did not want to use it so I forced myself to walk without assistance. When I went back for my post examination I was fine and went to physical therapy for a month. Now 6 months later my knee, thigh right above my kneecap is swelling every night. My knee looks deformed. I am going to schedule a visit with my orthopedic surgeon to find out why this is happening.

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