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Dec. 7, 2012
Men's 50
451 posts
Miniscus surgery
I am getting ready to have another surgery for a torn miniscus in my right knee. Was wondering if anyone else has had this recently, I had my left one done 12 years ago and cannot remember how long I was down for. All the surgeon will tell me is that I will be on crutches for 5 days. How long were you down? How much re-hab? etc....
Dec. 7, 2012
Men's 50
20 posts
LOL you should have ask. I had my right knee done 2 1/2 yrs. ago. depending on the surgeon, and how good his work is Yes about 1 - 2 weeks on crutches and about 3 - 6 months wearing a brace and rehab. I finally was able to start running about the 7th month and after one yr I haven't wore a brace since. hope this helps. you are a little Larger than I am, good luck with it. Big Dog
Dec. 7, 2012
348 posts
Hi Mario:

I had two tears clipped 2+ years ago and played a tournament 17 days after the surgery. I did not have much swelling so that probably helped. I believe your body will let you know when you are ready. Crutches really are not needed because you will be walking the next day.
Good luck:
Dec. 7, 2012
42 posts
Had my done 14 Nov 2012,stay on crutches for 2 days then walk with some pain but I started pt 27 Nov 2012. I had a torn minicus, lost a lot of cartliedge and he even scrap the knee bone to get some arthrietis off . P/T is going well and even if you get a chance to go to the pool will help I should be ready by the end of the year or the first week of Jan 2013. The pool is great because I did it for the shoulder, was set up for 16 appts. was done by 6 appts, be sure you listen to your body and don't push it to hard and ask your P/T about the pool. Semper Fi Gunny Southern Elite
Dec. 7, 2012
42 posts
Ohh by the way every person will be different depending in what shape your in, I do know of people walking the next day & those who push to hard and are still having problems. Wearing a brace is something you should talk to the Dr. & P/T about 1st. It never hurts to ask ?????? its your KNEE Semper Fi Gunny
Dec. 7, 2012
Wayne 37
Men's 60
385 posts
Had mine done the end of March. I don't think there is any magic time table. I've stayed off mine for the most part the last two months, and it really feels much better. I will tweak it sometimes, and it will hurt. For the record though, I don't have much strength in it at all. I can only do 10 to15 lbs. on a leg extenstion machine when I work it solo. About 50 lbs. is the max using both legs.

You wouldn't think it would make that much of a difference hitting or throwing, but it really does.
Dec. 8, 2012
Men's 65
3 posts
I had mine done for the second time Nov 9th. My dr never had me on crtuches. I was riding a bike 8 days after surgery. I am planing on playing in Jan out in AZ. Everyone is different as are there Dr's ideas on recovery. Had my left knee replaced in 08 watied 7 months to run on it. Did all the therpy with that.
Dec. 8, 2012
149 posts
Hope everything goes well!!!!
Dec. 8, 2012
Men's 65
2229 posts
I have had 3 operations for meniscus only-the last one removing what was left of it in 1998. Mine were not bad at all. The last one I actually walked out of the clinic-they didn't like that-and bowled 3 days later, shooting a 657,(not my sliding leg, but also was bicycling within 2 days-lightly.) Listen to your leg-it will tell you what you can do.If you like bicycling there is nothing better-no impact and builds the muscles you need-esp. quads. A study ahs also shown, according to my Dr., that bicycling helps get oxygen to the knee area and actually retards the onset of arthritis. I also take 5 Glucosamine/Chondroitin every day. It works and my Dr. says keep doing it.

Good Luck, Dave-I look forward to seeing you next year at full strength!
Dec. 9, 2012
Men's 65
59 posts
Mario, I had meniscus surgery on both sides of my right knee in August and walked the same day. One of the most important things you can do is keep it iced and elevate it as much as possible. One of the mistakes I made was doing my own physical therapy programs thinking that I could be back on the field in a couple of weeks, I did leg presses and leg extentions which I felt hurt more than it should, and the more I did these the more it hurt, so this set my rehab back a few weeks. I got so frustrated about not improving I did the logical thing, I asked the doctor if I was doing the right things and he said to ride a bicycle rather than do the presses and extentions, and guess what, riding the bike is the only thing I do that doesn't hurt, and my leg strengh has improved drastically. I wear a good knee brace for support and feel like I'm on the road to recovery, just listen to your knee like Webbie said and don't over do it, good luck.
Dec. 9, 2012
153 posts
Had 2 torn meniscus fixed in late January and played a tournament in early March. No big deal but I worried about it before hand. My knee has never felt better.
Dec. 10, 2012
Men's 50
451 posts
Thamks ti all who responded, I appreciate it. Your responses triggered my memory somewhat. My biggest concern now is how my arthritis will act during re-hab.
Dec. 17, 2012
Men's 55
357 posts
We had a similar thread on this topic going back in September.

I had my surgery on left knee done September 21st (Friday). Was walking around the house no crutches on Sunday. Had to take crutches to work though on Monday, was on them three days.

Ditched the crutches and golfed 18 holes 8 days after surgery (with knee stablizer on) and was taking batting practice with a local team by third week (October 14th)

OK it will be three months this week. It did tweak once in a while for the first 8 weeks, but I am running a bit now.

Whatever you do MAKE SURE you do the PT your doctor or clinic provides. People (not all) who blow off the PT often have issues down the road.

Today I took some indoor BP and did some fielding with absolutely no pain at all.

I am very happy I had it done, the last month of my league season and a tournament was painful when it was torn.
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