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.