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Should I have the arthroscipy?


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Twisted my knee on Dec 04th last year, couldn't bear weight on it for a while but it didn't swell. Then it calmed down but I couldn't straighten it without a pain to the left of my knee cap at the front and a pain at the back of the knee as well, that continued for 8 months.

 

Then I went on holiday (to Russia ) and also began taking a higher strength cod liver oil at the same time. When I came back I could straighten the knee without pain and squat on the knee, something I couldn't do before.

 

However, there's a pain running down the outer side of the knee and when I try and run that gets worse and feels like it "knots" the back of the knee. It also seems to affect both sides of the knee cap at the front.

 

An MRI had shown a small meniscal tear on the lateral side and a radial tear but when physios look at it they think I could do without surgery and get back to running etc. When I try though I seem to end up back at square one.

 

My thoughts are if the pain on the side is meniscal then it's not going to get better no matter what I do so I need the surgery because I want to play football again and train to get 100% fit, however ive heard some horrible stories about this surgey, any ideas?

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hilarious, thanks

 

Sorry, I'd offer helpful advice if I could, but I can't (obviously).

 

Except maybe to say that in general it's worth seeking out the people who have seen your problem before. They'll be more expensive, but with medical specialists you get what you pay for if you've done your homework. Hope you get it sorted ok.

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Look up videos of the op online. It's a pretty small operation from what I remember. They go in. Give the meniscus a bit of a haircut and then let you on your way. If it's causing you pain and you want to get back to running, I don't see why you wouldn't get the operation. How many physios have you been to? If they're all saying that you should be able to fix yourself using the physio exercises etc, maybe you're just not doing them right. But if you've been giving the physio a chance over a good period of time and nothing is getting better, you should maybe start pushing the surgery. Don't know why you're asking here for advice, rather than the physios though.

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Cheers for the advice, just a bit frustrated with it all. Asked for advice here because each person seems to have quite a different opinion and I know there's a few runners here. Sorry if its not the place for it.

Don't really want to let them go into my knee we if there's a chance it'll heel on its own but at the same time I don't wanna delay the inevitable

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I've had 3 of them so my advice would be speak to a surgeon who is sport friendly , some are really anti it

 

I was super mega dupa fit at the time of my first one  ( I was running for an athletics club and playing football to a good standard as well )  and after the 1st op  pretty much got back running within a week or so  .. football took a little bit longer before I could play again so I lost some match fitness but all was good for a couple of years

 

so when the other knee went I didn't hesitate to go for another one .. woke up after the op  for the surgeon to tell me that I have the knees of a 88 year old man and I should forget about any sporting activity whatsoever

 

so I went on a bit of a downward spiral , zero activity , work got busy , kids came along and the weight went up  etc etc

 

eventually I went and saw another surgeon who did some MRI's and confirmed me knees are indeed pretty f**ked but if I micro manage it he saw no reason why I couldn't at least get some sport back into my life  ... so he had another go at one of my knees about 3 years ago and I've been kinda OK since then

 

I do some light tread mill running ( 5k about 3 times a week ) a bit of trekking , hiking , cycling with the boy and even managed a game of football the other week when we played the old retired lads v the current first team  ... played on adrenaline moistly but still got my turn of pace as their young centre forward found out to his cost :)

 

you might get lucky and that rest and treatment  will simply heal your tear so maybe let the physio's have their go on it first ? the ultrasound treatment they use is pretty powerful stuff to be fair

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Yeah had a lot of ultrasound and might ask for more. Do you see any propel with trying to get on myself and maybe in a few months if its def still no better then go for the surgery? Wanna give my knee every chance first

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