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Old 08-08-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: The Lakes Region
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My ortho doc has scheduled me for miniscus surgery for next month after reading my MRI. He said it is not a terrible injury, but if not corrected at this time it could get much worse.
Has anyone had this for an injury of a lesser degree ? It will be done in same day surgery and I was advised it would not be too big a deal.
I am open for feedback
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I had a torn meniscus repaired laprascopically in 1996. It is still fine. I had some pain but not much and did the exercises/ice the ortho told me to do. Surgery was Fri morning I was walking normally Mon w/o pills.

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Old 08-08-2011, 06:46 PM
 
Location: In a house
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I had a laparoscopy surgery to repair something in the knee, and was told the procedure was very similar to repairing a torn meniscus (though that wasn't the exact problem, mine was the femur grinding against the joint).

I watched the procedure "live" on the monitor overhead. It was "twilight" anasthesia, which meant that I was heavily sedated but mostly conscious throughout.

After, I absolutely positively needed painkillers for that day, and the following day. Ice packs on every 10 minutes, off every 10 minutes which were especially uncomfortable, until bedtime the first night. (bags of frozen peas actually work great for this, just keep them frozen when not using). By the third day I was able to manage without painkillers but I did take a couple anyway out of nervousness. I'm a real baby when it comes to pain

I actually walked out of the surgicenter using a cane, but I had to be on -limited- weight-bearing for a few days, and had to keep my leg elevated whenever I was not actually walking.

A couple of months of physical therapy after that first week, and I was better than I've been in years.

The scars are barely visible, it's just a little spot on either side of my knee smaller than my pinky-nail.
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