Torn Meniscus

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    May 27, 2009 11:50 PM GMT
    Hey guys, just tore my right medial meniscus last thursday. I had an MRI last night to assess the severity of the tear and to decide on a course of action for arthroscopic surgery. Have any of you suffered this?

    I am curious as to the recovery I can expect. I am a triathlete who was getting ready for my peak race of the season (1/2 Ironman) but it's looking like that won't be happening. Were you able to run anymore?

    I'm only twenty years old, and in extremely good shape. Thanks for your help, guys!

    Patrick
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    May 28, 2009 12:51 AM GMT
    I've had two surgeries for a torn meniscus on the same knee (10 years apart). Both were arthroscopic surgeries by supposedly skilled surgeons. Both times the surgeons assured me that the surgery was totally routine, which it might be for them, but it is not as easy as many doctors say. Count on a fair amount of rehab lasting several months. Also, my knee has never been the same as it was before the surgeries. It doesn't hurt (usually), but it's just not the same. I especially have a hard time training for running races. Tennis playing is just fine, but the rhythmic pounding of running is too much.

    Definitely explore all non-surgical options for treatment to see if there's one you can live with.

    Good luck.
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    May 28, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    I had a meniscectomy when I was 39. I was running again in a few months, as I recall. The knee joint is never as stable as before when cartilage is removed, but physical therapy can help to support the joint with muscle development.
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    May 28, 2009 3:09 AM GMT
    I suffered a torn medial meniscus playing rugby in 1999. I was fortunate enough to not need surgery and it took about 3-4 months for a recovery. On the downside, my knee is weaker when I bend, but not weaker to the point of failure. Take your doctor's advice and ensure you complete physical therapy.

    I did make the mistake of attempting a 25 mile ruck march (with 20lbs) about 2 months after the injury. I only made it 10 miles and started falling behind at 8 miles.
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    May 28, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    I'm in for PT due to a similar injury. Glad to know I can't blow it off for the home made version.

    25-mile ruck march?!
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    May 28, 2009 3:13 AM GMT
    Get da surgery ASAP...dont delayicon_eek.gif
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    May 28, 2009 3:17 AM GMT
    RuggerATX said, "I'm in for PT due to a similar injury. Glad to know I can't blow it off for the home made version.

    25-mile ruck march?!"


    Yeah! I was twenty-something - young, dumb and full of cum. It was also a Memorial March that I wanted to be a part of. It started at midnight, if I remember correctly.
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    May 28, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidRuggerATX said, "I'm in for PT due to a similar injury. Glad to know I can't blow it off for the home made version.

    25-mile ruck march?!"


    Yeah! I was twenty-something - young, dumb and full of cum. It was also a Memorial March that I wanted to be a part of. It started at midnight, if I remember correctly.


    What is it?
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    May 28, 2009 10:55 PM GMT
    It was a Memorial march for the Memorial Day holiday where we marched in uniform and a load pack to commemorate Memorial Day. I think it was 2 weeks before the holiday weekend though.
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    May 28, 2009 11:16 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidIt was a Memorial march for the Memorial Day holiday where we marched in uniform and a load pack to commemorate Memorial Day. I think it was 2 weeks before the holiday weekend though.

    My knee cartilage finally gave out while jogging across a grassy field at Fort Sam Houston, in San Antonio in 1987, but it had been in bad shape for years. Then a rather incompetent Army orthopedic doctor at the Troop Clinic tried to treat it for months with injections, rather than just doing the surgery. He was later investigated over my treatment when a more senior doctor found out about it, and was thereafter restricted to performing only basic GP work.

    The head of orthopedics at BAMC immediately scheduled me for surgery when this was learned, but they found my knee joint had already been damaged by the torn cartilage. I have a 20% VA service-connected rating for it to this day.

    Moral: torn knee cartilage needs to be removed quickly, to prevent further joint damage. Done arthroscopically there are virtually no scars. I have 3 small circular marks so faded I have to search to find them.
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    May 29, 2009 11:37 AM GMT
    I blew out both an ACL and my meniscus playing rugby. First doctor said both were fine. Better surgeon told me my ACL was completely severed and meniscus was torn.. Had the ACL replace with a piece of patella tendon. With meniscus all they could do was shape it and clean it up. Since I had both done at same time, rehab was tough but doable. Harder since I used my own patella tendon to replace the ACL. So it is hard to say. Every meniscus tear is different. I can't run anymore but I cycle and squat no problem. Sharp turns like in football and running are a problem. But get it fixed, expect 3 months of rehab and feel it out. Such an individual problem it is hard to say the rehab and outcome, but it is by no means an end to being really active. I am 15 years from surgery and pretty pain free unless I really overdo it.

    Good luck, buddy!