Patient Comments: Arthroscopy - Experience

For what condition(s) did you seek arthroscopy?

Comment from: Jenae, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I had arthroscopy for PFS (patella femoral syndrome). Arthroscopic surgery helped clean up the rocks out of my knees, made them run smoother, and helped the doctors understand what was going on in my knees. The surgery scrapes away the bad damaged tissue. Overall this has helped in the diagnosis and treatment of my condition. My current status is waiting for knee replacement when I am old enough. Until then, I walk with a cane. There is pain involved, it's not a magic fix. Don't throw your crutches away until your physical therapist tells you to. Do your knee tightening exercises. They drill three or four holes in your knee. Holes need time to heal. I used to work UPS. I can't do anything like that anymore. Know your body's limits and listen to your body rather than your head.

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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!

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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.

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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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