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Torn cartilidge

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thoughtsbecomethings Wed 16-Oct-13 18:32:30

After weeks, months in so much pain have had an MRI scan and now been told I have torn cartilidge. What happens now ? Operation is so how long will I be laid up for ?

grimbletart Wed 16-Oct-13 19:08:38

If it was like mine (I've had two ops for that) it was just day surgery and both were complex cartilage tears. In one I also had a lateral release where they cut across the kneecap to stitch and hold the kneecap - which kept dislocating - into position and although the swelling was huge, the pain level was pretty low and I needed crutches for only a few days plus lots of frozen peas on it to reduce swelling grin

In the straightforward cartilage op I didn't need any painkillers and only used a crutch for one day, then a stick for a couple of days.

Just be careful though not to overdo things too soon because it feels OK as that could set you back. You'll probably need some physic as well.
HTH

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