Post # 1
Has anybody had arthroscopic knee surgery??? Does it get worse before it gets better?
I had procedure Monday for bone on bone arthritis and lateral meniscus which was “shredded”. Monday evening I had very little pain. During the night the pain became quite severe. I am taking pain meds and doing exercises. I can barely put any weight on it. The Incision is not red, no calf pain, just can’t get comfortable and can’t rest.
Anybody have experience with this? Am I expecting too much too soon? The DR told me to be weight bearing with walker but I pretty much cannot put weight on it.
Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Post # 3
@Pamelor55: I haven’t had the surgery yet, but I’m going to get it for the same things you mentioned, although bits of my quadriceps tendon are damaged. I’m actually up right now because I’m in so much pain. :S I’ve been on narcotics, ibuprofen, aspirin, shots, you name it…nothing helps.
When I talked to my physical therapist, she told me that with the surgery, you will definitely get worse before better. She said there will be a lot of pain, rehab, and just general relearning how to use the leg, especially because with our injuries, we tend to compensate with the other leg because like you mentioned, it hurts terribly to put weight on it.
Especially since your procedure it so fresh, it generally takes, from the research I had done, 2 months to fully recover. In some cases with people I go to rehab with, they said while some symptoms improved, their pain never fully got better. But I think you did a good thing getting the surgery; as you and I both know, it’s better to risk it and see if the end result is worth it in the end than be in the kind of pain we were/are before the surgery.
I really hope you have a speedy recovery. I would take some melatonin or Tylenol PM if you have it, or the painkillers (if they knock you out) that they prescribed you to help you sleep. I understand your pain and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
Post # 4
Thanks so much Torrid. Makes me feel better knowing this info.
Post # 5
@Pamelor55: It’s no problem! My heart really aches for people with our struggles because it’s “invisible pain,” and it’s frustrating because it seems there’s nothing to help it! You probably didn’t experience much pain on Monday because of the IV they used on you to pump medicine through your system, and it’s wore off now. 🙁
But if you ever need to vent or just want to talk about it, you can always PM me any time. I will always be willing to listen and maybe we could swap advice on exercise or diet for inflammation or something. I’m getting desperate. x.x
Post # 6
@Pamelor55: hi! hope you are doing well in your recovery. I had ACL replacement surgery last March and I can tell you one thing…it will get worse before it gets better, but the good news, it happens relatively quick. I say this because the first couple of days post are hard on your body and mind.
I had a femoral block in addition to my anethesia. That way, my knee was ‘asleep’ longer than my whole body. This was great until I finally ‘felt’ my knee at 1 am in the morning and I made the misake of not taking my pain pills.
I had a tough time sleeping for quite a bit. The one thing that helped a TON was ICE!!! ice. ice. ice. I cannot reinforce this enough. Also, keep that leg moving and excercising it as prescribed. Don’t let pain get unbearable, just keep takin your pills as told and you will be fine.
Keep your head up and stay positive. I think that this is incrdibly important as well. Remember that everyone recovers at a different pace. I remember that I didn’t start walking without crutches for almost a month. This freaked me out at the time because I was reading about people walking around without a problem like a week post surgery. Needless to say, I am at 100% now, even though I haven’t attempted to ski again (that’s how I tore my ACL and MCL)
If you have any issues, shoot me a message. I have a blog about my “torn knee” adventures that has some helpful info. 🙂
Stay strong, you will be perefectly fine 🙂
Post # 7
@Pamelor55: Hi Bee !
My fiancé had surgery 3 years ago and it took him a full two months to actually recover and be able to start exercizing again.
He used a lot of ice, moved his leg as his PT told him but yeah, the first week was pretty rough.
Keep your chin up, it will definately get better !
Post # 8
A couple months. Oh my. We care going to Jamaica in November for vow renewal. I have leg braces to wear too. Right now I can barely make it ten feet to the bathroom.
I’m try to be positive. Thank goodness for the pain pills that put me in la la land.
Post # 9
My 60-year-old father had meniscus surgery on a Thursday and was back to work on Monday. He was able to run like 2 months later. It still flares up and gets sore sometimes, but it was pretty easy for him overall.