I had arthroscopic surgery on March 15, 2011, to repair a torn meniscus. No one I have talked to so far (including my surgeon) has ruled out eventually returning to running, but I have heard some former runners say that meniscus surgery put an end to their running days. I hope that is not the case, but I wanted to ask for comments from those in the running community to see what your collective experience has been. Thanks in advance for sharing your insights.
Every case is different, but in general, meniscus surgery doesn't mean the end. Here are some posts that I wrote that might help you.
Good Luck. Let me know how you make out.
Boston Marathon Finisher
Many thanks, How2!
I also had arthroscopic medial meniscectomy, on March 31. Every doctor told me to give up running. I am using the exercise bike while trying to build back up but it is discouraging, to say the least, to hear this from doctors. I don't know what else I will do if I can't run.
I'm wondering how you are doing 2 years later. I just had surgery and was initially told that they would go in, clean it up, and I'd be running again in about 6 weeks. After surgery I was informed that I should NOT run anymore. Complex tear removed more cartilage than initially thought plus a small knee cap tear (and I'm sure I have one on the other side now that I know what that is) I cried all the way home and started researching. I'm one month post-op and I still don't have complete mobility. I had extensive swelling for weeks. I did everything I was supposed to. Lots of icing and am now still doing heat/ice. I still have few degrees to go to straighten and still more to bend.
I have a 12k coming up in early May and have done hardly any running in the last 5 months since the initial injury. I MUST RUN AGAIN!!! Hoping you can shed some light on your recovery. I usually heal well as I'm very active, but the doc said I had a very angry knee. Lots of red in there.
Please help! Advice? How are you 2 years post surgery?
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