(Closed) scope knee surgery?

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve had 3 knee surgeries with varying recovery times.. the ACL repair took by far the longest to recover from but that was more because I was being cautious to avoid tearing the graft. the regular scope/cleanup surgeries were fairly quick to recover from.   there’s a TON of info and post surgery diaries on the knee geeks forum (http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php

Post # 4
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@akbroker:  Heya, I am an old veteran of the patella wars.


I have had three sugeries (scope and removing floating pieces of broken patella and also one where they reinforced a ligament to make the knee cap more stable). But I have been on crutches six times from dislocations. 

I’ll start with the good news, nowadays the procedure is simple and you should be up on your own soon after surgery but with the aid of crutches. Depending on what they need to do (for example ACL surgey) you’ll be in a knee brace. It isn’t so bad. In the old days you had a cast from your foot to your hip and you spent months in it. Also nowadays doctors seem more anti invasive surgery and more in favour of physio and stuff. So you might not get surgery after all. In the old days they hacked you open at the first sign of knee trouble.


The bad news is that you’ll need physio afterward. The more diligent you are with your physio and any exercises the physio gives you to do at home the quicker and easier you’ll heal.


Sorry if this is long, don’t stress too much about it and focus in becoming mobile soons after surgery and building your muscles. Good luck!

Post # 5
4062 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Flanders:  +1 to everything you said!

I’ve also had 2 knee surgeries. The first was scoped, the second was similar to Flanders’ as they moved a ligament to stabalize the knee cap.

Recovery these days is pretty quick as the surgery itself if MUCH less invasive.

My mom is a physical therapist, so I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep up with the physical therapy!!!! It makes all the difference in the world!

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