Tips to ensure (hopefully) a successful outcome after surgery

This post might be a little different than what I normally write, but I hope that enjoy it, spread it to others considering surgery, and even share some tips of your own. The idea came to me recently when I saw a patient as a second opinion. He told me that the doctor who did his surgery told him, “Let’s just scope your knee. No big deal.” Well, it was six weeks after the surgery, and he obviously wasn’t happy.

While a perfect outcome of any surgery, even an arthroscopic surgery that we typically perform in sports medicine, is never guaranteed, it has been my experience that most of the frustrations patients have after surgery come from a discrepancy between expectations and reality. And therefore, the underlying theme with all of the following tips is the idea that patients need to ask the appropriate questions and become as informed as possible. While the list below is in no way meant to be a checklist of questions to ask or meant to be comprehensive, it does cover some of the major points some patients fail to consider. I hope it helps.

Research your doctor. Ask friends who performed their surgeries. Would they recommend him or her again? Go online for information. While not every doctor, especially those who have been in practice longer, has a blog or participates in social media, there are almost always informational pages and reviews of any doctor practicing in your area. No information is perfect, and certainly all reviews can be biased, but the more opinions and information you obtain, the more likely you will be satisfied with your choice.

Research the diagnosis and both surgical and non-surgical options. With a very few exceptions, at least in sports medicine, surgery is usually not the only option. Little of what we do with respect to knee and shoulder injuries or other problems in athletes or active individuals is likely to cause permanent damage or death. Giving the problem more time to heal, modifying activities, medications, braces, or more are almost always options. Surgery might be more desirable for a number of reasons, but it is always a good idea to know what other treatments are possible.

Patellar tendon ACL graftDiscuss the procedure itself. What exactly does the surgery entail? A huge number of people who undergo meniscus surgery claim to have had a meniscus repair (meaning, sewing the meniscus back together). Instead, they likely had a partial meniscectomy (trimming part of the meniscus out). It might not seem like a big distinction, but it does have a large impact on postoperative weightbearing restrictions and potential long-term degenerative changes of the knee.

Discuss postoperative restrictions. Can I put weight on my leg after surgery? Can I drive? And ask any others that apply to your specific situation. I am always surprised when I tell patients that they will be required to wear a sling at all times for 3-4 weeks after surgery, but they still expect to be able to drive a car. If you aren’t sure, and if the answer will affect your ability to perform daily activities or work or school activities, ask before the surgery.

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Ask about and plan the return to school or work. While most of the time patients can return to their jobs in either full duties or with short-term job restrictions, occasionally that isn’t possible. Manual laborers, for instance, have a difficult time working if they have to use crutches. On the other hand, many patients can return and focus on desk duties such as computer work. Likewise, students often can arrange to leave class a few minutes early to avoid crowded hallways. Talk to your boss or teachers ahead of time and work together to minimize time missed.

Knee arthroscopyDiscuss anesthesia options. While most surgeries are done under some form of general anesthesia, that option isn’t always required (and occasionally it is not medically advisable). Ask if regional anesthesia to make the arm or leg numb is reasonable. Or are there other options, like spinal or local anesthesia?

Inquire about the return to sports or particular exercise programs. Many athletic people are determined to return to sports or a certain form of exercise. It is important to know roughly how long to expect it will take to return to that activity. In addition, knowing if there are ways to get exercise before that time can be helpful. For example, runners are often frustrated if they are kept from running for 2 weeks, let alone 2 months. Discussing options for exercise after surgery, such as a stationary bike or elliptical machine, can ease the anxiety for weekend warriors and athletes alike.

RunnerAsk if there are ways that you could injure the surgical procedure. Recovery from surgery involves a balance between increasing activity as fast as you can without damaging the procedure done. As surgeons, we would love to allow bartenders to go back to work as soon as possible after shoulder surgery, but we know that lifting cases of alcohol in the first six weeks could disrupt the repair. Knowing what normal activities you do that could be harmful to your surgery is critical to a good outcome.

Discuss the risks of nonoperative treatment. Many injuries do not become progressively worse with time, while some do. For example, I have heard many patients who have undergone surgery for a meniscus tear who weren’t symptomatic at the time say that they were told that their knee would develop worse pain and arthritis if they did not undergo surgery (I don’t necessarily agree).

Discuss the risks of delaying surgery. Let’s face it. We can’t always plan our injuries around our busy schedules. But not every surgery has to be performed immediately. It’s important to ask the surgeon. Fractures and tendon ruptures often need to be fixed within about two weeks, while many other injuries can be treated later. Often I will suggest that a patient consider waiting until after a personal vacation, busy period at work, or final exams at school to undergo knee or shoulder surgery. Frequently patients can have equally successful outcomes with less disruption to their personal lives.

Agility drills in physical therapyProject the time for full or complete recovery. No surgery is “no big deal,” even ones like I do arthroscopically, through 2 or 3 tiny incisions. Patients are often surprised to hear that it can take patients 4-5 months to reach maximum improvement after a knee arthroscopy to trim out part of the meniscus. Or it might be a full year before an athlete feels normal after ACL reconstruction or shoulder stabilization. While you might be back doing all of your desired activities much earlier, it is helpful to know roughly when to expect to be as good as you are going to be.

What tips or advice do you have? Are there any questions you feel like you should have asked before surgery? Please share your thoughts!

63 Responses to Tips to ensure (hopefully) a successful outcome after surgery

  1. Dr. Geier, You nailed it! The first suggestion was one of the most important. I looked through your list and thinking back on my surgery, I followed through with each of them. I would say that I am at 90% recovery and growing stronger every day. (surgery- distal bicep tendon- July 2011)
    One thing I would say is that the internet is a great tool but overwhelming and scary pre-op.
    I greatly appreciate my surgeon! Thank you!

    • Sean, that is so great to hear! I am glad you’re doing well! It is always hard to know if the health information online is credible, but as an adjunct to a thorough discussion with a doctor who has examined you, it can be extremely valuable!

  2. A great read. I am 9 days post op of a full medial meniscus removal and although I am happy with my surgeon, he kept asking did I have any questions. I just didn’t know what to ask, so i asked very little. I am more informed as I recover because of the great articles, like yours, that I have found. I had to giggle at your comment about keeping a runner from running for two weeks. Thats how i feel, however i managed to get on my bike yesterday and got some wind in my face. Thanks again.

  3. I have had meniscus removal and drilling of my femur and tibia since I have bone to bone contact and there was considerable arthritis in the joint. I “thought” that I was going to have the “minor” procedure but it has greatly affected my ability to be mobile and the recovery is much slower than I expected. I am four weeks post op and have been doing rehab 3X/week without fail. I am very determined to improve and get better every day, however, many days my knee will be pretty good during the day but will get very stiff and limit bending it in the evening. Is there anything I can do to improve my situation as it is getting me down and I feel that I am moving backward when this happens. I usually ice it but it is difficult to sleep when the knee won’t bend. Any idea what would be causing this? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    Thanks so much,
    Iris Hinton


    • I can’t really tell you without being involved. Generally it can take months to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery, and preexisting arthritis makes full recovery more difficult.

  4. I had surgery on a toren acl & slight meniscus tear, its been two yrs since the procedure. I played football for the first time in over a yr, which I played on a Saturday & didn’t begin to feel pain until Tue @ wrk. I’ve been icing it & trying to stay off of it. The pains been crazy round the meniscus. Is that a sign of pain because I haven’t ran that hard in a while or what. I just would like some insight on the situation please

    • I can’t give you much insight without being involved and examining your knee. You might check with your orthopaedic surgeon for advice on treatment options.

  5. Hello Dr. Geier, i am a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. On October 31st , i had a surgery (partial medial menisectomy). I am 45 years old. How long do i have to wait before i can come back to practice BJJ? Some people say i won’t be able to practice again. Please let me know. Thx.

    • I can’t say specifically for you since I am not involved in your care. Often orthopaedic surgeons allow athletes to return to sports after partial meniscectomy when they have regained full strength and range of motion in the knee and have no pain or swelling. Every patient differs in terms of how long that process takes.

      • I have had a meniscus tear surgery about a year ago and I still hv a swollen knee. It will not go down. What else can be done

  6. I’m reading all these posts the night before my second knee surgery. The first time it was a repair, which wasn’t successful, I’m thinking the main reason was because of my age (40 then, 43 now). 3 years after that surgery and not being able to go back to my normal routine: personal trainer, competitive triathlete, father of an 8yo soccer player, I decided to go back and just trim. I found another Dr, recommended by a fellow triathlete/client, with great references but no social media involvement. I just want to get back to enjoying life the way I did before, with my family and racing competitively for many more years. Wish me luck!

  7. I am scheduled for a scope on Wednesday. I have moderate arthritis in my knee, but I also have a horizontal tear of the medial miniscus as well as “shredding” of the misiscus. I am not sure if this surgery would be a good deal or not, and am afraid that the pain will be worse after than it is now. Your thoughts/ideas? Thank you!

    • It is hard to say without being involved in your care. If pain is largely from a meniscus tear, surgery can be helpful. If pain is mostly arthritic in nature, surgery might not help much. In some of the meniscus posts, I have discussed this idea in much more detail. You might check those out.

  8. Hi Doctor Geier,
    I am 48 yers old and was diagnosed with a degenerative medial meniscus tear about 6 months ago. My doctor recommended a partial meniscectomy.
    I took his advice and today, 4 months later I am running without pain, 15 km a week. I consider myself very lucky because I enjoy running and I know that the outcome is not always positive.
    I have a few questions:
    1. Am I at greater risk of meniscus tears (in both knees) than the general population because of my medical history?
    2. Would you recommend I keep the running down to this or shorter distances, or is it OK to continue (gradually) increasing my distances?

    • I generally don’t shut people down or tell them to back off after partial meniscectomies. The idea is that with less meniscus to serve as a shock absorber, a patient could develop arthritis changes sooner. I tell patients about both sides and let them choose. Most choose to try to return to their prior activity levels.

  9. Hi Dr Geier
    Thanks for your answer.
    Are you saying that the risk to consider is not that the risk of short term injury as such is not higher, but that I may have an increased risk of arthritis changes earlier than the general population.
    Is that risk increase a result of
    1. The meniscus tear with or without the operation OR
    2. The operation OR
    3. More intense running habits.
    4. Some combination of these and other factors.
    I understand you cannot make any specific comments for my case, but i would appreciate it if you could explain how the balance between all these factors should be weighed up so I can keep it in mind when making long term fitness plans.

  10. Hello dr, I had a rupture patellar tendon in my left knee on january 12, I dont have any pain, I treat the inflammation with RICE, and my insurance starts to cover me in february, almost 3 weeks, I saw people say its bettee to perforn within 5 weeks, but here I read that say wuthin confuse, what is the risk for me to wait 3-4 weeks to do surgery?, also is there any way to help with the solidified blood and liquid, someone told me to put organic apple cyder vinegar and sea salt to absorb residue trough the skin, wish me luck. Thanks in advance!

    • Patellar tendon ruptures usually need to be repaired within days of the injury, as the tendon scars down and becomes much more difficult to repair to the bone.

  11. I am two weeks post op from an interior meniscus removal and my question is, since I cannot use a hot tub for awhile, can I enjoy the comfort and relaxation of a steam bath/room?

    • I’d ask your surgeon, as I can’t give you medical advice. Generally I allow patients to use them around 2 weeks out from arthroscopic surgery, but I’d follow the recommendations of your surgeon.

  12. Hi
    I just wanted to tell you my experience, so far.
    I am three days post op after a partial menisectomy for a complex posterior tear in my L knee, mostly I think on the lateral side. I am 59 years old.
    My surgery was at 10.30 am, I was home at 4.30 pm the same day and even though the physio came to tell me how to use crutches for partial weight bearing I had no pain and could walk without a problem, I even walked my cats around the garden later in the afternoon 🙂
    My knee feels great, albeit a bit stiff and I still have not used crutches, I have a normal gait when walking but I’m a bit concerned why it’s so ” normal” good orthopedic surgeon, high pain threshold or just lucky? I think I will ice it a bit after reading some of the comments on this thread as it is a bit swollen but I just wanted some confirmation that it’s alright to carry on and I’m not causing any damage.

    • I can’t say specifically in your case. If a meniscus tear is the sole source of a patient’s pain, then often most of the symptoms are significantly better very quickly after the tear is removed. Full recovery to maximum improvement can still take many weeks. I’m glad you’re doing well!

  13. Hi, i fell on side of my knee 4 months ago. Had MRI few weeks ago as knee was not improving. The results were narrowing and my meniscus is not torn but kinda dislocated. Its not gone back after fall on knee. They say surgery isbthe only way to correct this. I have no pain with the knee. I have noticed also my knee looks slightly dropped to the other and turned a little. Will they need to remove the part thats dislocated or push back in ?

    • It is hard to know, even with an MRI. We often make the decision to repair or trim out the torn portion of meniscus based on the nature of the tear we see when we look inside the knee arthroscopically.

  14. Hi Dr Geier, i had an arthroscopy 5 years ago where i had 20Per cent of my meniscus taken out. The surgery went well however i dont feel i can jog anymore as i get pain come back and as i work with children since june this year i feel a swelling appear and its not the same. My dr had prescribed me voltaren tabs and said it can get fluid in my knee after surgery. The problem stil occurs and i have to wear a knee support to work and even just a half hour walk excercise. Can you suggest anything. Am worried and dont want to go for a mri?.

    • It is hard to offer suggestions without knowing the cause. You might have the orthopaedic surgeon examine your knee to determine the source of the pain.

  15. 2 1/2 weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery, one of the incicions is still draining. At first it was warm and red. My physician did not think I needed antibiotic. It is no longer warm or red, but is still drainng and I squeeze out the pus. How long should I continue to do this?

    • I think that I would have your surgeon to examine you to see if you need anything done. It is hard to say otherwise without seeing you.

  16. Older post_polio patient had meniscus tear on NHS waiting list 9 months awaiting surgery. Surgery meniscusectomy/tear repair two weeks post op still unable to weightbear due to pain, have not been supplied with knee brace or elastic bandage just crutches and physio leaflet, should I purchase brace or bandage to hold knee in extension to aid weightbearing? I cannot get a further ortho appt earlier than 3 months and need advise asap.

    • I have never been that impressed that braces prevent pain from a meniscus tear, but it can be worth a try if no other option exists.

  17. Hi Dr. Geier;

    Thanks for having such an informative web site.

    I asked my Dr. approximately how long the recovery period would be and he stated it differs from patient to patient.

    As unhappy as I was about the projected heal time, I was comforted to know my expectations were too high and that I’m not superman. Your information makes my life a lot easier knowing the journey may be 4-6 months duration.

    I did have a situation where my right leg was swollen 3 years (length of time)) prior to the surgery. I may have lost some of my motion during that period.

    I don’t understand the idea about grinding the knee bones together because of the absence of cartilage. At what point would this end? Seems it could go on forever.

    What would be the suggested time to wait before getting a second opinion?

    Thanks for making time to read and review my letter.



  18. Dear Dr. Geier,

    I had right knee arthroscopy on Nov 24th for meniscus tear on right side. I am 61 years old! I had a ruptured bakers cyst at back of knee in September and swelling and pain associated eith it.

    After surgery I got great relief at back of knee and only a week later on returning to surgeon for check up my knee was so swollen. Surgeon removed 4 syringes of fluid 70 mls approx. I was walking with great difficulty and got a little relief. I could not do exercises as per physiotherapist.

    Few days later my knee swelled up again even though I was on Define. Four weeks later and I’m afraid of exacerbating it further with little walking and recommended exercising. I can hear knee cracking when exercising.

    Any advice would be truly appreciate d as I’m now away from home and unable to attend surgeon.

    Kind regards

    Agnes Walsh

  19. Hi Dr Geier, I’m a 42 year old male, I’ve just had part of my Medial Meniscus removed, I was a very active Marathon runner(30-40miles per week) would you advise stopping running all together or would it be acceptable to lower my weekly mileage and just run 5k and 10k races? Thanks John

  20. Hi Dr Geier, I am a 39yr old male. I work as a carpenter on construction sites. Last Jan 2015 i had stitches put into a ruptured meniscus. I went back to work in April 2015. In November 2015 the meniscus ruptured again. In Jan 2016 i had that part of my meniscus remove, 4 weeks ago. I still feel pain when doing physio & long walks. In your advice, how long should i wait until i return back to work.
    Best Regards

    • It varies for every patient. I usually allow people to go back to physically demanding work 4-6 weeks after a partial meniscectomy.

  21. my son had ACL repair 2 1/2 years ago and started college. his surgeon told him that he did not need therapy since he was not going to play sports any more (injured it in high school football)he says he has not re-injured it but it goes out on him as if he has not had it repaired. is this because he did not do therapy post op or does it mean it is torn again. no swelling or pain.

  22. Hello Dr Geier
    I had a partial meniscetomy 3 days ago, my consultant said the damage was not as bad as first thought and trimmed the back of the medial meniscus at back of the knee. It’s only been 3 days, but, when will I realistically be able to bend my knee back in towards my body ? Also when will the fluid go from the knee area, how long does this last typically? My consultant says I am OK to fly in 4 weeks, as my holiday had been pre booked last year before this tear to my meniscus. I fly March 19th do you think I’m safely OK to fly. I’m doing the stretch exercises at the moment for my knee, given to me by PT on discharge at the hospital,but can’t at all bring the knee back towards my body? So hoping I will be ok on the plane with the steps

  23. Your site is wonderful! I am a 63 year old still working home care nurse who sustained a bucket tear on 12/25 and underwent partial menisectomy 2/17/16(after a scheduled vacation). The surgeon said my knee was a mess but that the surgery was successful and I was weight bearing as able and used an ice machine. PT was started on post-op day 6.
    Post-op education was minimal. I was not aware that there would be the extent of drainage as I was not told of the fluid installation during the surgery nor was I made aware of the extent of swelling. I thought arthroscopic surgery was minimal and I would be up and back to routine with minimal down time. Twelve days posop I could not bend the knee and the pain woke me in the middle of the night…Tylenol #4 ineffective. Went back to surgeon who made me feel like a drama queen however, was injected with lido and cortisone and am now in PT and able to ambulate. Surgeon apologized and said”I thought you’d be back. The surgery was extensive”.
    The point of this verbosity is that, had I been given the facts as presented in your article, I would have been more able to cope with the post-op process and not be left to think that l would be back at nursing in 2 weeks.

  24. Dr. Geier,
    I’m 61 years old and I had arthroscopic surgery for torn meniscus on 12/2/15 and the first 4 weeks postoperative went well and I was so excited to be regaining my life. I was told prior to surgery that I have mild arthritis in the knee; it’s now three months postop and my recovery seems nonexistent and the pain is severe and is much worse than pre surgery.

    I have experienced swelling of my entire leg, an ultrasound was done to confirm I didn’t have a blood clot. Fluid has been drained and I’ve had a steroid injection and still no relief. I see my surgeon again this Friday and I don’t know whether to request another MRI or go for second opinion.

    I wished I’d have found your blog before surgery and been better informed; not once was physical therapy mentioned or recommended. I feel like that would have helped because I am experiencing loss in mobility and muscle strength and I’m so disappointed and frustrated.

    Thank you for the information and a place to vent.

  25. Dr Geier,
    I had arthroscopic surgery 10 days ago. My calf is black and blue and in much pain like a constant Charley horse. I was tested for a blood clot and that was a negative. Would a ace bandage wrap help in reducing the pain. Any other suggestions would be great.

  26. Hello Dr.Grier,
    I had a meniscectomy back on 11/04/15 at 57 years of age. As a competitive CrossFit athlete, I went back to training around Dec 15 but took it relatively easy. I’m now back to full training and I am able to do all of my CrossFit activities. However, after certain things (jumping, running, heavy squatting etc) I get swelling and slight pain in the knee. Just curious if this is a normal reaction? I appreciate any insight you can give.

  27. How often should you exercise after partial meniscus extort? My ortho surgeon said 3-4 times per week but my PT said 5-7. My surgeon says the knee needs rest and PT every day agrivates the knee.

  28. My granddaughter is 18 and severed her ACL and tore her meniscus playing soccer a couple of weeks ago. They repaired it today with a graft from her hamstring and sutured the partial tear of her meniscus. She is going to college in the fall on a soccer scholarship. She will be used as the team manager, since the rehab is a year. My question is, when she is able to go back to playing in a year, do you recommend wearing any type of a brace or support on that knee? And if so, can you recommend a brand?

  29. This is such an informative discussion. I had surgery about 10 days ago — a partial meniscectomy on my right knee. I am walking pretty well but there is considerable pain and stiffness and I am nowhere near having full range of motion. I am worried because at 58 it is my third surgery (the first at 18, the second at 28). I guess it’s too early to worry but it doesn’t feel very good just yet and I am worried because I want to remain as active as I have been — working out 4 to 5 times a week on elliptical and weight training. I am definitely going to be in physical therapy to help my recovery. Any other advice? Are supplements like glucosamine helpful?


    • I know this is an old post, but I thought I would weigh in anyway. I was a fan of glucosamine supplements but after awhile I realized they were starting to cause fluid buildup in my knee and I was extremely tired. When I looked up side effects and saw fatigue on the list I stopped taking them and my energy came back. Just something to keep in mind.

  30. Hello doctor I had torn Cartledge on both sides of knee had surgery 3 months ago I am still in a lot of constant pain it’s like my knee locks I walk with a bad limp in bed I have to turn carefully and stretch it slowly because the pain is very bad do I need to have another operation to clean it out I also have a lot of swelling
    I would appreciate your advice in what I should do.

    Regards Mary

  31. I’m going for particular medial mediscus removal and I’m scared is it going to help me or make it worse I’m on my feet a lot at work I have been told I have slight arthritis I am 45 I’m wondering if it’s going to be worth it I don’t want to be crippled

  32. Hi Doctor – Quick question.

    Background. I am a 50-year old triathlete, very active, in good physical/athletic shape. I have never had any problems with my knees, but lately I have been getting some inner knee pain, adjacent to knee cap, which I assume is a medial meniscus issue. It tends to resolve with rest, but it returns when I resume my activities. I want to continue to compete in triathlons, so I want to best possible recovery, whatever that is.

    Can a torn or damaged meniscus heal through PRICE and PT/home exercises, or is surgery the only way to repair it?

  33. Hi Dr.
    I am 65 years old and had a meniscus tear and had arthroscopy surgery on my knee in January of 2016.I am a very healthy 65 year old my doctor continues to tell me that it is my age but, I have been in pain every since. I walk with pain and a limp, affecting my hip and other knee. My doctor now is trying the 3 shots. I get one shot a week for three weeks and I am told that in 4 to 6 weeks I should feel better is there any exercise or anything I can to improve my knee.
    Thank you

  34. I had a meniscus repair (shaving torn cartilage) with a scope procedure 13 weeks ago. I had the same procedure done 7 years ago on my lateral meniscus, and my recovery was good and pretty quick (age 43). Now, with this second surgery to repair the same type injury to my medial meniscus, same knee, the recovery has been much more slow. I did go through eight physical therapy sessions beginning one week after surgery and occurring twice a week for 4 weeks. These therapy sessions were intense and I felt like I could do almost everything they ask me to do – squats, leg lifts, etc. without pain. Then directly afterwards, we had a big out of state move, lots of packing, lifting and hard work – lots of stairs in the new house as well – three levels. I am frustrated because at 13 weeks out from surgery I am experiencing lots of stiffness, and a ‘full’ feeling in my knee. I expected to be in a much better place at this point, but still struggle first part of the day with stiffness, full feeling behind the knee joint throughout the day, and some soreness at night after a long day on my feet. I have also developed pain in both of my lower calves, near my ankles and so I’m hobbling around like I’m 80 years old sometimes (currently 50 y.o.). When you mentioned in your article that it can take up to 4 to 5 months after surgery to get back to normal activity, were you speaking of these type of limitations and discomfort, or more about flexibility. Would you consider what I have described here as typical symptoms at this point in my recovery? Or would you suggest I find a new orthopedic doctor in my new home state? I am just hoping I don’t need to start the whole procedure all over again, i.e. MRI, etc. FYI – the meniscus itself does not hurt, just an overall weakness in the recovery knee. Also, an important detail is that I’m about 100 pounds overweight and I know this must be a huge factor in my situation.

  35. Hi I’m 4 months past my medial meniscus reconstruction and I am starting to get swelling in my knee again I’m getting really worried about the sutures or if it could have torn again please if you can get back to me I would love to know what you think…

  36. Great website for those of us suffering with questions. I had a partial meniscectomy and a large (3cm.) cyst drained 1 week ago today (my 2nd partial meniscectomy on the same knee) with some previous arthritis. I am trying not to take the prescribed pain pills (hate the side effects) but maybe I’m going to far. My pain is almost all in my muscles above and below the knee. It’s like the muscles are tightening and loosening all day long. When they tighten it’s like my leg is so stretched tight or in a vise even though I know it isn’t. I’m icing and elevating as much as I can cause it gives me relief. How long can I expect this particular pain to go on for. I also wear a compression hose all the time. When it’s contracting the pain is an 8/10 and I’m trying hard not to get discouraged. I just don’t remember having this pain last time. I was also on a 7 day dose of clindamycin for infection.

  37. I had a partial meniscectomy because I couldn’t straighten my leg due to a tear. After taking off my immobilizer I still am not able to straighten my leg. My leg would straighten fully in the immobilizer for the few days post surgery but after taking it off I just can’t seem to straighten without feeling immense pain and feeling tense. Is it possible my knee is locked again or do I just need to keep working on walking and eventually it will straighten out?

  38. I went in to have arthritic particals before having a knee replacement. Ended up I had a large medial meniscus tear and a lateral meniscus as well. They did a particial meniscectomy which was the most painful surgery I have ever had (and I’ve had back surgery)&
    (Knee surgery before). It took 2 weeks before I was able to drive. So all recovery is different as well as how much they remove from the meniscus.

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