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Knee update...2 days post surgery...(11 posts)

Knee update...2 days post surgery...jtferraro
Mar 13, 2003 4:20 PM
Hey gang,

Well, it turned out I didn't need the ACL reconstruction since my ACL is still 75% good. My doc said he couldn't justify taking it out b/c it still felt strong. He performed a procedure called "microfracture" where he basically hammered little holes in the bone near the ACL tear. This, in turn, is supposed to stimulate scar tissue growth, which he believes will mend the tear in my ACL. He said my MCL is healing on it's own, as he expected. The bad news is that both my medial & lateral meniscus' were torn. The MRI report had indicated that only the medial was. For this, he just cut away all the ragged/torn parts and then smoothened the cut edges over. I now have less cartlidge/cushioning in my left knee but he didn't give any indication that he cut so much out that it will be a problem in the future. I'll get a full report when I go back to see him on 3/24/03, when he pulls my stitches out. If this report wasn't detailed enough for you, feel free to read my long post about my surgery, on the knee board, here:

Anyway, this all means that I should be back on my bike sooner than I had initially expected(if it was ACL recon)!!

re: Knee update...2 days post surgery...Rich_Racer
Mar 13, 2003 4:32 PM
I twisted my knee rollarblading last night! I'm bit annoyed but I think it'll only keep me off my bike for a couple of days - actually did a similar thing skiing a couple of months ago. Nothing like your injury though. I hope it repairs soon!

re: Knee update...2 days post surgery...Akirasho
Mar 13, 2003 4:59 PM
... it's almost always good... when they cut less...

I still think you'll have a good late season!

Be the bike.
True, True. Yeah, I hope I'll have a good late season, too.(nm)jtferraro
Mar 14, 2003 8:10 AM
also had torn meniscus...C-40
Mar 13, 2003 5:54 PM
Had surgery last January. Only needed a clean and smoothing job. The results were very good. I was able to ride in only a few weeks. It took about 6 months for the knee to regain 100% flexibility, but now it feels better than the other one. Good luck with your recovery.
Sounds good - thanks! (nm)jtferraro
Mar 14, 2003 8:07 AM
MCL will only hold you back...Raven1911
Mar 13, 2003 8:46 PM
If your meniscus was good on both sides then you should have a very fast recovery depending on your current strength and range of motion. Only the MCL will hinder your rehab until it fully heals. Glad to hear your ACL was intact. Doc was sure right on that one! Even a 75% ACL is still stronger than a reconstruction. Anyways, I still have all that literature for you if you still want it. Suspect that since you didn't have the ACL done you might not want the literature anyway. Let me know, Good luck and keep us posted.

Hey Raven...jtferraro
Mar 14, 2003 7:58 AM
Both my meniscus' were torn and my OS cut off all the jagged edges, then smoothened them over. I know he took off a decent amount but don't think he took off so much that I'll have problems in the future. We'll see. I'm anxious to see him on 3/24/03 to have my stiches removed and get the real post op report from him. The MCL shouldn't take more than 6 weeks to fully heal, right? Yeah, I think I'll pass on the literature for now since I didn't need the ACL recon, but also, received some literature from a coworker of mine and another friend. Thanks again for your words.

Mar 14, 2003 12:41 PM
The rate your MCL should take depends on the amount it was torn to begin with. If you are still in your brace, then the doctor thinks it still needs time to heal. Remember doc appointments are fast and they usually don't spend more than 2-3 minutes in each visit so have your questions written down so you don't forget. Don't be intimidated with them either, its your body and you have a right to know what they did. So don't let him leave on you without answering your questions.

As for your meniscus and ACL, I would be weary of doing a lot of running, skiing, snowboarding or playing a lot of football and such. The more you weightbear and pivot on your meniscus the more of a chance you have of tearing it again, so you want to avoid sports having to do a lot with cutting or twisting...weight bearing sports. Remember, as of now there is no transplanting that meniscus. There are experimental things going on but they are not reliable yet. So for now, when its gone its gone----bone on bone and pain will be associated with that as well as arthritis later on in life. So take care of what you have. Luckily you can bike all you want since it is a non-weight bearing activity and should not comprimise you at all. Good luck!

sounds goodyeah right
Mar 14, 2003 1:51 AM
you'll be back on the bike in no time.

do your pt. do your pt. do your pt.

I had and acl and medial meniscus transplant four years ago, and that took a couple of months to pretty much start walking, you'll be back a lot faster. best wishes
Thanks - I hope so! (nm)jtferraro
Mar 14, 2003 8:01 AM