(Closed) Torn miniscus

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I haven’t had it, but my mother did.  I took her to the hospital in the morning and she was ready to come home by the early afternoon. She said once the initial swelling and pain of the surgery went away she could tell right away that it was much better than it was before.  It did take her a couple weeks to be up to normal, but she was ok with that because every day she could feel improvement. I do remember she had to wear skirts for about a week because the movement to get pants on was too difficult.  She isn’t an athlete or anything though, so I don’t know how long it would take to get that level of activity back.  Sorry I’m not more help… good luck!

Post # 4
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I have a torn meniscus in both knees.  One is worse than the other.  My doctor prefers to avoid surgery for meniscal teras unless it is absoutely necessary, so I didnt have it.  Mine is a horseshoe tear, so sometimes the flap from the “horseshoe” gets jammes in my knee joint and my knee locks up, but that is VERY rare.  Only happened twice in 3 years.

That being said, I’ll probably have the surgery in teh future as it progresses (if it progresses.)  My husband had his meniscus repaired in one knee and a full reconstruction in the other knee, and he still has some problems.  You need to assess the severity of the tear first.


Sorry you’re dealing with this, thats no fun, been there

Post # 5
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

I’ve had several friends who have torn their miniscus when we were younger. They were also in and out of surgery the same day; however, their recovery time was about 3-6 months depending on how badly the tear was and how tough their physical therapist was. One friend was pretty out of shape to begin with, and she was more along the 6 month route. She was lazy about her PT and never wanted to go, never did the exercises she was supposed to and it made her recovery much longer. The other friend was determined to make it back in time for our softball season and she was more along the 3 month route.

I think if you’re determined, you can bounce back pretty quickly. Just listen to your PT and work on it every day.

Post # 6
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

I had the surgery about a year ago since I’m a pretty avid runner and I couldn’t do hardly anything with the tear…

The procedure is pretty minimally invasive and only takes a few hours from start to finish…

As far as recovery time goes, I had the surgery on Thurs am and was back at my physically demanding (PE teacher) job on Monday but limping around and I couldn’t really bend it.  I did 8 weeks of twice/week physical therapy and it took me about 8-9 months before I could run without feeling anything.  The PT had me on an elliptical machine less than a week after the surgery, so it doesn’t affect your mobility a ton…

Hope this helps!

Post # 7
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

my fiance just had the surgery for a torn ACL & Miniscus tear. His surgery was only about an hr and they put 2 small incisions into his knee. He couldnt walk or bend it for the first couple days. After a about a week he was able to start therapy on it.

Unfortanetly they did nerve damage when they went in and that is the worse of his problems. as far as the actual surgery and recovery, he was fine.

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