As a very active 63 year old, I was afraid that the pain in my knee would keep me from doing all the things I want to do: run, bike, and ski. No one heals as well at 63 as they did at 23, so I was also concerned about the risks of surgery, long recovery time, and failure to regain my previous level of ability and conditioning. My orthopaedist spent an hour with me discussing what was wrong, what could be done, and what to expect from each option. She laid out all the options and explained them in relation to my concerns. My choice was to go for aggressive treatment and I had arthroscopic partial meniscectomy a few days later. To my surprise I had almost no post-surgical pain, just some minor swelling and stiffness. Now, at 6 weeks post surgery I feel like I’ll be virtually good as new in another few weeks. So far, I couldn’t be happier.
My treatment and recovery
Surgery was a breeze, and I already am able to run and bike without pain during exercise six weeks after the procedure. I get some soreness the next day if I have a hard workout, but I look forward to getting back into shape again after almost 6 months of inactivity before my surgery. Not bad for a 63 year old guy!