Patient Comments: Arthroscopy - Experience

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Comment from: mally1234, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

Wow, you all scare me. I have torn cartilage and Baker's cyst and did the therapy and was doing well a month. Later I was doing too much and having more pain. Doctor says I have arthritis and tear is still there; and that I should have listened to him. He said I need to lose weight, I lost 5 pounds better than nothing. I'm trying my best but it is hard when I can't do anything. I used to do trails and long walks before all this and I just don't know what to do he says therapy again, but I'm wondering if I should get an arthroscopic surgery.

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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.

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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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Comment from: gayle2, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I had arthroscopic surgery for 2 torn menisci. I did well for about 10 days and then pain returned with a vengeance. I was told there was enough fluid in the knee but instead of removing, had gel injections. My knee is worse than ever with no hopes of getting better.

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Comment from: brun, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I had an arthroscopy for a torn meniscus two days ago. It's the best thing I ever did - instant pain relief, no swelling as yet, but able to walk without crutches. I had same thing done on the right knee 5 years ago, no trouble since then. I will keep up with exercises.

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