repair to cartlidge via arthoscopy

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i had an arthoscopy to my right knee to flush out the knee and repair the found torn cartlidge, which on reflection was the result of falling upstairs twisting my knee quite severley some 18 months earlier. i followed excercises as instructed by the hospital which seemed to help over the next two weeks after my op. it has been 2 months now and i seem to have good days and bad days according to if i take strong pain relief when i know i am going to be on my feet for a long time or not. the site of the repair swlls when i,m on my feet for a long time and the repair becomes very hard and lumpy sometimes quite painful. i have decided to return to work as i have been off for 2 months now and am thinking it is going to be a long time before i feel any great improvement (if i do?) and my job as a senior carer with the elderly is important to me. i will just have to take things as my knee dictates at any time. Is there an average recovery time for this op as all my family and work colleagues keep telling me not to return to work until i feel fit :?

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    I would be interested to know how you are now. I had a meniscus op six weeks ago now and am still off work experiencing exactly the same symptoms as you in this page. Surgeon and physio say that each person is different and it can take time, but I truly wish I had given my knee longer to see if it improved naturally and not rushed into the op but I was advised that the sooner the better as it would entail more cartilege being cut if I left it.
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    my son in law has been told that it will be 6 months after surgery before he will be able to work again or rely on the knee for support so dont go back too soon as a carer you are asking your leg to do a lot of supporting work be careful
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    I was interested in reading about your experience. I have had three operations on my right knee, including a ligament operation about thirty years ago. This was not successful. However and more relevent to you, there have been two cartilage ops, the most recent of which was an arthoscopy, about 8 years ago.

    I am now 62 and have always been pretty fit. At first, my reaction to this operation was a little negative; I wanted to be up and about within days. Patience is needed but more importantly so is exercise. I was running, cycling and swimming within 6 weeks - and I think this should be the aim.

    To do this however, it requires discipline and lots of exercise and if this is not your inclination, you must do exercises in a pool. This allows much more movement, without discomfort. Walking, running and bicycling exercises in water are able to be done because of the buoyancy - but they must be done. This plus exercises to build up the thigh muscles. The alternative is that you become ruled by the fear of further injury.

    As a post script, I am expecting a futher operation quite soon, which I view with equanimity. smile

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      Hello there smile I know you had this talk a while ago but I just wanted to see how you are now and hope you are recovering as well as you seemed to be? I'm 49 and have had both of my knees done-my right one I had a medial meniscus tear and it took about 6months to feel ok, the left I had done 5weeks ago and felt good straight away! It had a larger tear but feels better. I have osteoarthritis in both knees-the left worse than the right but not a major problem. I have numbness when I sit down but I figure that must be the nerves.

      I do exercises and will be getting an exercise bike soon-the physio advised it yesterday when I saw her (my first and only time).

      I hope you have continued to get better and better you sound amazing,

      take care of you, best wishes


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