Do you still have a meniscus following TKR?

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Does anyone know if you still have a meniscus following a TKR?

I'm not sure if we still have these structures in place following this op?

I had an Arthroscopy to repair 2 tears in my right knee over 4 years ago, then I had a TKR on that knee in August last year.

Whilst recovering from this I fell down about 6 steps and hurt my left knee, I had an MRI in January and went for the results yesterday, I now have 2 tears in my left knee and have been put on the waiting list to have another Arthroscopy in about 6 weeks time.

I am so fed up with problems with my knees as I just want to lead a normal life again, think work is starting to get fed up with the amount of time I've had off with knee problems!! I'm a staff nurse so it has a big impact on my daily working life.

So I just wondered am I free from tearing my meniscus again now I have a TKR or not?

Hope some one can help please?


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  • Posted

    The miniscus is part of the knee joint and is replaced by the artificial knee. Good riddance in my case. 
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    As far as I'm aware but I'm not 100% sure you don't have a meniscus with a TKR. I will ask my surgeon when I see him for my check up on the 18th.

    I too work in a hospital so I totally get what your saying about work. Occy health have been great with me but I have no intention on going back to work until I am fully fit as this sickness will put me on a stage 2. 

    Good luck with your next surgery. 

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    If you've had a TKR you will not have any meniscus, nor will you have cruciate ligaments. The meniscus is replaced by the polyethylene/plastic part of your TKR. In my case, the femur has a titanium part cemented on, then there is the polyethylene meniscus part, then there is stainless surgical steel cemented on to the tibia. I still have my kneecap and it has not been resurfaced. You will however retain your medial ligaments (on either side of your knee).  Good luck 😖
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    Thank you for your replies, it's good to hear we don't have meniscus, I don't have to worry about any more tears!!!


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    Same here no meniscus, just a lump of plastic. The knee cap was ground off and a piece of plastic put under that as well
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