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    Arthroscopy of left knee today

    I had arthroscopy of my left knee today. Both menisci had some damage to them but the orthopedist said it was better than he expected to find. I had a local aneasthetic and watched the whole procedure on the screen. It was actually pretty cool to see.
    Anyway I feel fine but will be off the mountain bike for a while. He will let me ride the road bike sooner.
    So I guess I'll be hanging out at MTBR to get my fix.
    The doctor has known me for many years and was telling his assistant that I'm the only guy he knows that crashed his mountain bike into a deer and knocked the deer over. We had a good laugh about that one.

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    I wish you a speedy recovery. Keep us posted on your recovery. I have been thinking of having my left knee scoped for years. It's coming to a head here recently.

    Curiously, did you have an mri? If so, what did it show?

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    Mri

    Thank You for your well wishes. I had an MRI done 3 years ago. It showed a crushed medial meniscus. They found no abnormalities in the lateral meniscus.
    The arthroscope showed some tearing in the lateral and the crushed medial. So either the tear is newer than 3 years or it just didn't show on the MRI.
    So far the recovery is fine. I don't have pain and am walking without crutches. I am waiting till the stitches come out on Monday to start riding.(stationary and road bike)

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    I injured my knee over 10 years ago but after 3 mri's coming back clean, I've been reluctant to resort to scoping it. My doctor said that there are cases when the mri is clean yet the scope shows obvious problems. I'm going to decide whether to have surgery in the next month or so.

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    I think that i am in the same Boat... Destroyed my knee many years ago but after begging the INS company for months got a clean MRI .. Still have amazing amounts of pain and the doc just wants to shoot me up with cortazone ... I have been thinking about doing the surgery thing as well... I am tired of the pain

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    Kary, hope your recovery goes well. I've been doing my physical therapy excercises and it's surprising how weak the bad leg has become; the excercises make it obvious how much work I needed to do.

    I had my knee scoped a month ago and it's been getting better and better ever since. Before the operation I was wondering if I would ever be able to run again! Now it just pops and clicks sometimes but I'm riding my mtn bike and able to walk up and down stairs like normal.

    It's weird how the body works, I have noticed that during pedaling I don't push as much with my weak leg. My brain is still favoring that one and using the good one more; I have been forcing myself to use the weak leg more and more to build up the strength again.

    I am so happy I had the surgery, the pain is gone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Sims
    I think that i am in the same Boat... Destroyed my knee many years ago but after begging the INS company for months got a clean MRI .. Still have amazing amounts of pain and the doc just wants to shoot me up with cortazone ... I have been thinking about doing the surgery thing as well... I am tired of the pain
    Maybe we can get a 2 for 1 deal somewhere? I am going to ride until I just can't deal with the pain anymore. It never hurts while riding yet it certainly feels weaker than my good knee. Bad thing is, I have noticed that my "good" knee is beginning to bug me too...in much the same way that my bad knee does. I am thinking that surgery may be a good option to relieve some of the additional stress that is being put on my good knee. The body is all about balance and when the homeostasis is interrupted, it's like a domino effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocheese
    Maybe we can get a 2 for 1 deal somewhere? I am going to ride until I just can't deal with the pain anymore. It never hurts while riding yet it certainly feels weaker than my good knee. Bad thing is, I have noticed that my "good" knee is beginning to bug me too...in much the same way that my bad knee does. I am thinking that surgery may be a good option to relieve some of the additional stress that is being put on my good knee. The body is all about balance and when the homeostasis is interrupted, it's like a domino effect.
    Same here... No or little pain while on the bike but after the ride and the next couple of days I am back on the doc for another MRI to see if we can find something in there so that they can pay for it... If not I guess I will have to do it anyway and the sue the INS company if we find something wrong in there... And Insurance is supposed to help you

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Sims
    Same here... No or little pain while on the bike but after the ride and the next couple of days I am back on the doc for another MRI to see if we can find something in there so that they can pay for it... If not I guess I will have to do it anyway and the sue the INS company if we find something wrong in there... And Insurance is supposed to help you
    I guess I might rethink my position. I assumed that the insurance company would pay for it if the doctor approves the surgery. I understand them not paying for elective surgery such as non-reconstructuve cosmetic surgery, but I've never heard of them denying a claim on a doctor-ordered procedure. Then again, I must get approval to go see a specialist and they must be in the network, etc... yada yada yada

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    First post surgery ride

    I want to thank everyone for the well wishes. I am feeling great.
    I had the stitches removed yesterday and went for my first ride. My orthopedist is limiting me to stay on the road and less than 20 minutes. On my ride I felt great on the flats but felt it on any incline. It was still great to ride. I see him again in 3 weeks so lets see what he says then. The good news is that the pain I had before the surgery is gone. I can walk up and down stairs again.
    Cocheese my MRI showed no damage to the lateral meniscus and the doctor found more damage there that the medial meniscus. Sometimes they have to go in and look.
    Now lets try to stay injury free the rest of the year.

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    Great news Kary. I'm glad that the recovery is going well. I am very close to having mine scoped as well. I went to see my brother's band play the other night and I couldn't stand for more than 30 minutes at a time without my knee just killing me. Walking up hills is the worst. I've tried all the stretches and strengthening and it's just not doing anything.

    Now I just have to decide on which doctor to go see. There's an ortho that can take me immediately but he's only been practicing for 3 years. The more experienced fellows have very long waitings lists. I'm inclined to wait since this is the only pair of knees that I have.

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    Try this out...

    Quote Originally Posted by presslab
    I've been doing my physical therapy excercises and it's surprising how weak the bad leg has become; the excercises make it obvious how much work I needed to do

    I have noticed that during pedaling I don't push as much with my weak leg. My brain is still favoring that one and using the good one more; I have been forcing myself to use the weak leg more and more to build up the strength again

    When you ride on flat areas or on a stationary bike, unclip the "good leg" and make your turns with your repaired knee. Make sure you push and pull evenly. This will keep you from pushing with the good and coasting with the "bad". It will make your pedal stroke more efficiant as well. I am sure that you are also doing unilateral strengthening in partial or full weight-bearing with your therapy. Good luck.
    "Time won't leave me as I am "

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    ideas for your knees.

    Just reading through many of the older threads and came across this discussion. I too have been to the doctor for the ole' knee repair....4 times to be exact (ACL, MCL lateral meniscus, medial meniscus, lateral release and more). Each and everytime I've gone through the physical therapy, the pain, the wondering if I'll be able to do what I use to do etc. etc. etc. The single best thing that I have done is started riding the bike. My flexibility has increased and my overall leg strength has improved. For those who are riding and still getting a sharp pain..your body is trying to tell you something If you thinking about getting work done do some pre-surgery exercises to help with flexibility and strength. This will give you a head start and improve your recovery time. Hopes this helps a little. See ya' at the top of the mountain.

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    Yeah riding has totally sped up my recovery. In fact I'm back on the singlespeed now and this has really accelerated my recovery! The normal biking is good, but the singlespeed is great. Wasn't sure if the knee could take it, but it did, and it's feeling better than ever.

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    Doc gave me OK to ride off road

    My doctor says I'm healing great and can start riding off-road. I have been riding a little more than he wanted me too. I have a crazy schedule tomorrow but will try to get a ride in.

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