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Inner Game
08-19-2008, 07:31 PM
Well, Monday August 18th was a bad day for Fed and a worst day for me...I arrived at the Orthopedic Doctors and he gave me the bad news....Shredded Meniscus on the outside of the right knee and a tear on the inside...Also a fluid build up called Bakers Cyst behind my knee....He also was telling me this is the signs of arthritic knee....He gave me about 3 options.....Scope it, shoot cortizone into knee...and last option he said in about 4-5 years its total knee replacement...
Needless to say I'm in a major depression....is there any hope of fixing this knee? I guess 40 years of tennis has taken its toll...


But I do need some help on what might help this...is there anything that can rebuild the Meniscus?


Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Thanks

fantom
08-20-2008, 04:32 AM
Well, Monday August 18th was a bad day for Fed and a worst day for me...I arrived at the Orthopedic Doctors and he gave me the bad news....Shredded Meniscus on the outside of the right knee and a tear on the inside...Also a fluid build up called Bakers Cyst behind my knee....He also was telling me this is the signs of arthritic knee....He gave me about 3 options.....Scope it, shoot cortizone into knee...and last option he said in about 4-5 years its total knee replacement...
Needless to say I'm in a major depression....is there any hope of fixing this knee? I guess 40 years of tennis has taken its toll...


But I do need some help on what might help this...is there anything that can rebuild the Meniscus?


Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Thanks


I don't believe there is any current viable procedure for meniscus replacement. Most commonly, the torn portions of the meniscii are simply removed. I recently had ACL replacement surgery and have come across some other message boards that may help you:

http://factotem.org/library/index-c.shtml

http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php

Best of luck...

Fedace
08-20-2008, 04:51 AM
If not done so already, why not seek 2nd opinion from another reputable Orthopedic surgeon, preferrably one that is a Sports medicine specialist. but also What do you mean by Bad day for Fed ???

rocky b
08-20-2008, 06:04 AM
[QUOTE=Inner Game;2631822]Well, Monday August 18th was a bad day for Fed and a worst day for me...I arrived at the Orthopedic Doctors and he gave me the bad news....Shredded Meniscus on the outside of the right knee and a tear on the inside...Also a fluid build up called Bakers Cyst behind my knee....He also was telling me this is the signs of arthritic knee....He gave me about 3 options.....Scope it, shoot cortizone into knee...and last option he said in about 4-5 years its total knee replacement...
Needless to say I'm in a major depression....is there any hope of fixing this knee? I guess 40 years of tennis has taken its toll...


But I do need some help on what might help this...is there anything that can rebuild the Meniscus?


Do the Surgery everybody over 40 has signs of arthritis so I would not worry about that. If your in pain fix it cortizone is a short term fix. Get it done you will be back on the court in 3 months. I had 4 friends do this surgery they feel great and playing 3-4 times a week with no problems. Get a second opinion just for your head good luck

chess9
08-20-2008, 12:53 PM
There are some new options out for knees. You might look into some of them. A Google search will turn them up, though your ortho should be able to turn you on to them.

-Robert

Klatu Verata Necktie
08-20-2008, 01:03 PM
Was there an "ah ha" moment when you tore your meniscus, or did was it a gradually onsetting pain?

Inner Game
08-20-2008, 06:53 PM
I believe I tore it doing leg presses.......then it would hurt a little then go away...then if finally came back...and my knee was buckling sometimes when making a quick movement....

August 18th was a bad for Fed....he lost his #1 ranking....but he hasn't deserved it this year at all....maybe he will be back...



Thanks for the help and feedback......

Rickson
08-20-2008, 07:42 PM
Arthroscopic surgery is your best bet. They'll cut out the portion of your meniscus that's loose and in most cases, they don't reattach it because there's extremely limited blood flow in that area so it would be pointless. Your meniscus will not regrow so snip away that part that's causing you pain because it won't heal itself. It may sound like tough love, but that's just how it is. Consider yourself fortunate that you don't need your whole meniscus removed.

Inner Game
08-20-2008, 08:11 PM
Anyone know about these Bakers Cysts? I understand its fluid behind the knee....I wonder if thats what Peyton Manning had removed?

lawlitssoo1n
08-21-2008, 11:49 PM
wow dat sucks, maybe tennis is telling you dat its time, to move on