I have been an athlete all of my life. I’ve played just about every sport you can think of growing up. Somehow, I was lucky enough to stay healthy for those first 23 years! In 2012 I tore my lateral meniscus for the first time while at work by hyperextending my knee. I had meniscectomy and a fairly quick recovery. Fast forward to March of 2017 and I went out for a run one day and felt excruciating knee pain and had to stop. I was hoping that it would eventually go away with rest and some TLC. 4 months and a MRI later I was told that I had another meniscus tear in the same knee and same place as before. After some non-invasive treatment to try and fix it, I opted for surgery again and more of my lateral meniscus was removed. I am currently 8 weeks and 3 days post-op.

My treatment and recovery

My injury happened in March of 2017 and I was running and exercising without any problems before then. Between March and July I only ran 2 or 3 times because it was just too painful on my knee. I had to change everything about the way I was working out prior to this injury and I was limited to just mostly upperbody and core workouts. After 4 months of rest with no progress I needed to make a change. I had surgery to remove the torn piece of meniscus. My surgery was a bit more “high risk” than others due to the fact that I have a blood clotting disorder, protein s deficiency. I was not aware of this at the time of my first knee surgery in 2012. In February of 2014 I developed series, life-threatening blood clots out of the blue that required emergency open heart surgery to remove and save my life. So for this surgery, I had to come off of my blood thinners and do lovenox injections for about 2 weeks.

I feel like it has taken me longer to recover this time, thanks to aging. I also did not opt for formal PT like I did the first time that I had my knee done. I found some exercises that I could do at home on my own to help get my ROM back and strength the muscles around my knee again. I have been doing cardio by swimming, stationary biking (also to help with my ROM) and one legged rowing on a C2 machine. I rest my injured leg on a skateboard.

The hardest part for me during this recovery has not been the physical aspect, but rather the mental/emotional aspect and testing my patience. With this being my 3rd major surgery in 5 years, I guess you can say that I am used to this. But, I’ve found that this is something that not many people talk about or prepare you for going into these types of surgeries.

Tip

Stay positive. Attitude changes everything.

My Second First

I don't feel like I have a second first yet, because I am not back to my activities yet. I am still limited on what I can do.

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