Foreign body removal and partial medial meniscectomy

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Wow I have been reading some of the traumatic times people have been having and although I am less than 24 hours post op I realise what great medical support I have already had.

I was lead to believe that I would only be off work for 2 weeks (4/6 weeks until completely back to normal) and would not need crutches!!

However yesterday pre op the  physio came to see me went through all post op exercises, brought me crutches and said I could fully wait near but due to weakness and pain I should use them as support for 4 weeks then 1 crutch for approx 1 more week. At the time I though that was a long time and I wouldn’t need to use them that entire time. Now thanks to this forum I will be sticking to the time frame.

When I got back to the ward the Dr had left me a sick note for 6 weeks and not only was I shocked the nurses also were shocked saying he’d been really generous and most dr would have given much less.

At first I was thinking  I work in an office, I don’t want to be off work this long! Granted I do have to travel via bus and train so this may have been the reason for the length of the sick. Again based on the collective experiences I’m now glad he gave 6 weeks and not just the 2 I was expecting.

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    Hi Louise......Your doctor is being cautious. Better that you take it slow. Doing too much too soon is your enemy and once you've gone too far there isn't any going back.....as some on the forum have learned. You don't want to do this all over again! Every case is unique. Other things like age, weight, general health, balance, how much walking is required and travel to and from work factor in. You sound like you understand that so "listen" to your knee. It'll tell you when you're ready. smile   Personally, I'm nearing 3 mos. and my knee is tolerable but still sore. I've had a cortisone shot post op and next week I'm calling in for a gel shot to see if that helps any.    

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      Hi Luanne!

      Let me know how the gel injection goes. I’m thinking that will be in my future as well. Almost 3 months out now and am functioning well but still feels tight and feels like I have no cushion. My surgeon says I just need to keep building muscle??!

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      Hi Inga! you had my attention at the mention of a "no cushion" feeling. That pretty well describes it at this point. I'm hoping gel shot/s will help and continue to buy me some time before I need a total knee replacement. I've not had to do PT so I'm curious what you've been doing to build muscle and whether you think it's working.

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      Hi Luanne

      I do quad tightening before I even get out of bed in morning then leg raises...a lot and stretching in med ball rolling back and forth. I am better than I was a month ago but still feels bad when I walk. I also do water aerobics pilates and stationary bike. What gel are you having injected?

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      Thank you for your advice. I have been taking it easy this week mainly resting , walking with crutches for short distances  and icing it. This week I am planning to increase the amount of walking but only by 5ish mins.

      Please could you tell me what a gel shot is please?

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    Hi Louise....I don't know what kind of gel I'll be getting but I'll be sure to ask. Some years ago I had a series of SynVisc shots on my other knee but they did very little and I wound up with a knee replacement. Current doctor says all his other patients love the gel shots he's given so it's worth a try. You sound active. I need to do more stretching!

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      Sorry Louise....I think I should have addressed my last reply to Inga but I guess we all benefit from the comments smile 
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