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2496 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2009 11:00 AM by fitmom-5
zempal Rookie 4 posts since
Aug 8, 2008
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Jan 27, 2009 12:41 PM

post op recovery- menisectomy


     I am 61 yrs. old and completed two marathons(Boston and DC) in 2008. A week ago I had a menisectomy done and am slowly recovering from it. It seems to be a slow process with physical therapy.  I am just now walking on a treadmill.



     I would like to know if others have had this procedure and been able to return to long distance running and training for a marathon. At my age I wonder if it would be best to forgo marathon training and just be content with running 5-6 miles a day and maybe do 10-12 miles runs once a month( along with strength training several days a week). At least I would be able to get some aerobic exercise.  I wonder if marathon training would do more harm than good in the long term.



    Thank you for any information or suggestions.















  • Trish18 Staff 457 posts since
    Jun 5, 2007
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    1. Feb 2, 2009 3:21 PM (in response to zempal)
    Re: post op recovery- menisectomy

    Hey Jim! I had a menisectomy performed on my left knee the day you posted this message. I'm getting to the point where I can walk (slowly) without crutches. So you are two weeks into recovery now... how are you feeling these days?


    I'm not sure about returning to long distance running--but my physical therapy protocal says at 3 weeks I should have a full return to sports. For me these days, that means soccer and cycling. But if "full return to sports" for you means distance running, I think you'll be able to do that. As long as you stick to your rehab. Did the doc tell you how much of the meniscus he removed; partial or completely?

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  • fitmom-5 Amateur 26 posts since
    Sep 18, 2008
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    3. Feb 5, 2009 12:05 PM (in response to zempal)
    Re: post op recovery- menisectomy

    I have been told by my dr. that I have a torn meniscus.  It hurts. I have been running and walking forever. I was wondering if my running days are over? Can a Dr. really see a meniscus tear on am MRI? I don't even know when it was torn, if it really is. Any advice, please.  Being sidelined has really made it hard to think about anything else but fixing this. I a mom of 5 and have to keep going. Thanks

  • fitmom-5 Amateur 26 posts since
    Sep 18, 2008
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    5. Feb 12, 2009 11:00 AM (in response to zempal)
    Re: post op recovery- menisectomy


    Thank Jim for replying,



    Hope your recovery is going well!!



    Your advice was very helpful, I am 43 and a mother of 5 kids and have been very active up until know.   I would run 5k s and exercise every day. Having the surgery sounds like it is a must. Being injured has really taken a toll on my spirits. I got so much joy from running, it was so much a part of me. I would get up 5:30 am to run and than enjoy my cup of coffee. Now to get up and having coffee  without a run doesn't seem right. I guess this leads to another question. We don't have insurance, so having the surgery right away is an issue. I would like to try do what I can on my knee, will this make the tear worse? I don't want to loose my fitness while waiting to have surgery. Aleve relieves some of the pain and so does ice for a little while. Thanks for your help, AZ



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