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Hey everyone,

I am writing because I am concerned about the success of my recent surgery. I had knee pain for 2.5 years now. I have seen three orthos during that time. The first said it was a meniscus sprain, the second said it was a deep bone bruise and the third said I needed to operate and get a scope.

When the Dr. went in there, he said it was worse then expected. I had a lateral meniscus tear which he repaired as well as cartilage damage in the back of my knee that the cleared out. Apparently I had a piece of cartilage trapped.

After surgery I was able to be active pretty quickly. I am a fit guy and even when I had pain I stayed in shape. I was able to do stairs on day 3 with no pain (before I had sharp pain). Also, I can now push myself in a rolling chair with no pain in my right knee but before I couldn't. It has been 2.5 weeks since my surgery. There is still some swelling and tenderness.

However, the biggest problem I had was that I had sharp pain on the medial (inside) of my knee when squatting with it. I can do eliptical and even leg press without pain but when I squat, imagine taking a jump shot, I still have the sharp pain I did before.

The question is this. Is this normal? Am I just trying to rush my recovery and expect things too fast? Or, am I just screwed? Once again, I had a knee scope and a lateral meniscus tear that was repaired but I still have sharp sharp pain on the medial (inside) of my knee when squatting.

Thank you for all your answers. I am desperate here...
[QUOTE=agui23;5197779]Hey everyone,

I am writing because I am concerned about the success of my recent surgery. I had knee pain for 2.5 years now. I have seen three orthos during that time. The first said it was a meniscus sprain, the second said it was a deep bone bruise and the third said I needed to operate and get a scope.

When the Dr. went in there, he said it was worse then expected. I had a lateral meniscus tear which he repaired as well as cartilage damage in the back of my knee that the cleared out. Apparently I had a piece of cartilage trapped.

After surgery I was able to be active pretty quickly. I am a fit guy and even when I had pain I stayed in shape. I was able to do stairs on day 3 with no pain (before I had sharp pain). Also, I can now push myself in a rolling chair with no pain in my right knee but before I couldn't. It has been 2.5 weeks since my surgery. There is still some swelling and tenderness.

However, the biggest problem I had was that I had sharp pain on the medial (inside) of my knee when squatting with it. I can do eliptical and even leg press without pain but when I squat, imagine taking a jump shot, I still have the sharp pain I did before.

The question is this. Is this normal? Am I just trying to rush my recovery and expect things too fast? Or, am I just screwed? Once again, I had a knee scope and a lateral meniscus tear that was repaired but I still have sharp sharp pain on the medial (inside) of my knee when squatting.

Thank you for all your answers. I am desperate here...[/QUOTE]

Dear agui23:
I am horrified that after only 2.5 weeks after knee surgery you are doing all those exercise activities! I have had only hip replacements but it seems to me that with any kind of joint replacement one has to give it more time than you are doing!

It has as times seemed to me that men are more impatient than women with these surgeries. But I am be wrong!

It is my impression that you are trying to rush your recovery and are expecting things to happen too fast. Remember - we get only one shot at a good recovery and so it is a good idea to let things happen as they want to and not when YOU want them to.

I wonder what others here in this forum think about this. There are many knee replacement "veterans" here and they know from their own experience how long it might take and all persons are different in their rate of recovery.





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