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Unread 04-07-2008, 08:40 PM   #1
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knee surgery

i need knee surgery and i was wondering if anyones had it, im only 24 im pretty upset about this, the injury is not from working i did it snowboarding back in jan i was wondering how ill function after, i tore my miniscus. it hurts, alot!
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Unread 04-07-2008, 08:42 PM   #2
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It will be very touchy, sore. Goods LucK
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Unread 04-07-2008, 08:50 PM   #3
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Tore my miniscus and they just cut some of it out - well most of it I guess.. Couldn't walk on it for about a month very well. Part of the problem the day I had it done, I came home and felt like a million bucks... My son says Dad, the Doctor said not to walk on it.. I said it really feels good...
Well... after all the pain meds wore off - I felt different about it.. Hurt like hell... I was around 40 somethin then...
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Unread 04-07-2008, 08:50 PM   #4
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It's a popular procedure, so at least there are plenty of surgeons with experience.

They are coming out with new options every day. The latest that I am aware of has to do with replacing less of the knee. Take the time to become well-versed on all your options.

Since you are so young, you will likely outlive the lifespan of your replacement. I would want to know how that should play into your decision-making process if I were you.

Always bear in mind that no one will care about your outcome more than you - not your doctors, and not your insurance company. They should be working for you. Be the boss to the extent that you can.
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Unread 04-07-2008, 09:12 PM   #5
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for me they wanna scope it and cut the torn piece out and then call it a day. i just dont want to miss work and i was scared about how i would feel afterwards if i could still tile, im a nervous nelly so i am alot relived thanks guys
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Unread 04-07-2008, 09:34 PM   #6
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Derrick,
I know it's easy for me to say but "Screw your work schedule". If the doctor says that you need to stay off that knee after surgery, LISTEN TO HIM!!!!
I have the bursa removed from my left knee a few years ago. I tried to push it and discovered that every single day that I went to work before the doctor released me to it, left me at home nursing the damn thing an extra TWO days or more. Try to score a phone job while you're healing. Driving jobs are no good for the knee while it heals. And try to line up as many backsplashes as you can for the first bit back to work.
You DO already own a pair of ProKnees, don't you? I hardly notice the loss of my bursa while wearing my Proknees. I use cheap knee pads for waterproofing and other messy fun and by the end of an hour it's like nails being driven into my bones. I swear by my Proknees.
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Unread 04-07-2008, 09:51 PM   #7
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What Shaughnn said. Tough to accept your not invincible but none of us are. We are all replaceable too. I didn't stop after a leg injury and did some costly and permanent damage. I will forever more have to live that because I was "to busy" to slow down and properly heal. Young guys heal quicker. Your pretty young to take the chance wishing you would have the rest of your life.
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Unread 04-07-2008, 10:17 PM   #8
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A big second on ProKnees. I have a very bad right knee and a bad back. ProKnees take almost all of the pressure off. They're worth every penny!

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Ask your doctor about HRT.. He can put you on a low dose of Test or HGH. You will be amazed at how fast you will recover. A buddy of mine just had some serious shoulder and bicep surgery. His doc put him on HRT and low dose HGH.. His own doc couldnt believe how fast he recovered.
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Unread 04-08-2008, 12:36 PM   #10
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A torn miniscus is very comon and isn't to bad. They generally just go in there and cut out the damaged part. I am a huge skiier and have had this done and have had a lot of friends with this injury and just about all have recovered with any issues. Just remember to take it easy after the surgery and really work hard on the rehab. More than likley it will feel great 2 weeks after the surgery but it is not fully healed and can be redamaged very easily at this time. My latest surgery (miniscus, ACL, MCL) felt great after 6 weeks and I pushed it to hard and now I have to deal with pain because of this. Just deal with the fact that you will be missing work and let it heal properly and it will be worth it in the long run.
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I've had two. One just last year. One in Viet Nam, and my second last year. I'm 60. My tips:

Rehab is really really important. You need to work like hell.

Give up basketball and other knee related sports and activities. Swim, run, whatever, but basketball and sking are probably out.

It didn't hurt either time for me. 1st time I was hiting the stationary bike the next day; Last year it took two weeks, but it was cool.

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I broke my left knee in 9 places in 1993 and had my kneecap removed(motorcycle crash) was off work for over a year but went back to tiling cause it was all i knew how to do. Relied on my other knee to much so now the two knees need surgury.I have still little chips of bone left in my left knee that have got caught in my knee joint causing it to crunch every time i bend it.
Knee pain,- i think its part and parcel of a tile guys complants, but if you can have it fixed now do so, better sooner than later.
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Unread 04-09-2008, 12:57 PM   #13
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thanks guys,

shaughhnn its hard because i missed 2 months of work 2 years ago seriously this same time 2 years ago due to a broken ankle. its the loss of income that kills me. ill look into the pro knees, i didnt hurt my knee tiling i did it on the mountain.
the funny thing is i just got back from utah last week found out my minicus was torn when i got back and the whole time i was in utah i was snowboarding with a torn miniscus.

scooter, my friend tore his acl and he still snowboards to this day


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Unread 04-09-2008, 03:04 PM   #14
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I tore my minicus when doing Kung Fu just as I was getting into tile.
I planted my foot and turned and it tore, it hurt for about a month, wore a brace.
went to the doctor but never got the operation/scope.
the knee is fine now and my other one hurts more that the one I hurt.....weird.
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Unread 04-09-2008, 08:42 PM   #15
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mine hurts now, some days the knee is so swollen like yesterday and today it felt fine
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