I Had Knee Surgery

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 125 People

    Knee Feeling Loose And Uncomfortable

    Hi, I'm a very active 21 year old male, in the gym, soccer 3 nights a week, etc. I've done damage to my ICL in my right knee before but that is not why I am here. My left knee, which has never given me any issues before, suddenly feels loose? That's the best way I can describe...
    Lukw Lukw
    1 Response Sep 2, 2012

    My Knee Story

    Hi everyone. I'm 21, and I had Matrix Induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI) surgery on my patella six months ago. I had absolutely no cartilage left on my knee cap, my surgeon grafted the whole area. It has been a struggle to recover, but I did it, and thougt my...
    JennyAus JennyAus
    18-21, F
    Jul 13, 2012

    Knee Surgery

    I`ve had 6 surgeries on my right knee to date, 2 in the last 14 months, the other 4 over 25 years ago, all for cartilage and ligament damage. To date I am still experiencing sharp pain in my knee, beneath the kneecap to be exact. Do anyone else out there have any of these issues...
    garysull garysull
    36-40, M
    3 Responses Jan 3, 2012

    I just had my second knee surgery yesterday.

    This time it was my right knee. Between October to January, I've had 2 knee surgeries. Basically the same thing. They cleaned it out; a loose piece of meniscus, and an mcl ligament that was torn in the back of the leg. Well when I came out, I wasn't in as much pain the first...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose
    31-35, F
    13 Responses Jan 16, 2015

    Lr- Meniscus Tear

    So being over weight most of my life, I decided that it would be a good thing to watch my diet and get more exercise. I started walking, then added a little jog, and finally met my knee-fate. I had runners knee because I did not stretch the right way. It was so bad, that there...
    kwal57 kwal57
    Apr 28, 2012


    I just wanted to give some of you who have recently had knee surgery advice: Once you can start really being active and you can participate in sports again, DO NOT STOP! I got out of my routine and really haven't been doing much lately, and my knee hurts more...
    x1x2x3x4 x1x2x3x4
    Dec 20, 2008

    All Ahead Full!!

    My name is Nathan, I had a severe dislocation of my right knee that tore my acl, pcl.meniscus,meniscal ligament, popliteal artery, and LCL.  The injury accrued during a football game in 2002 at age 16. I was given only a few minutes to live due to the artery damage but...
    BowtyppA BowtyppA
    1 Response May 26, 2009

    Patellar Malalignment

    I was in a car accident two years ago.  I have been through two rounds of physio and going to the gym for almost a year to try and get this knee of mine better without going into surgery.  I have been diagnosed with a patellar malalignment.  Unfortunately, even...
    Josei1427 Josei1427
    22-25, F
    Apr 6, 2010

    Keyhole Recovery

    I have just had keyhole surgery for torn meniscule catliage and am not sure what is supposed to be feeling like injured my knee 3 months ago and have been on crutches since then can anyone tell me how theirs felt
    Geordie58 Geordie58
    51-55, F
    1 Response Feb 8, 2013

    I Had Oats Right Knee Surgery

    I had been having pain in my right knee on and off for sometime. I am used to running on the treadmill 5 days a week, so when I woke up on April 28, 2010 to find my knee swollen and painful, I knew I wouldn't be getting on a treadmill again for a very long time. I limped around...
    souptownrach souptownrach
    2 Responses Jul 1, 2010

    Just Wanted To Share This With You Guys

    I just thought this may help some of you!!! Fieldwork is conducting Paid interviews with patients who have had joint surgery. they are paying $100 if you complete an scheduled telephone interview. :) If you would like to participate, you just need to call Hank at 888-863-4353...
    Heidi60077 Heidi60077
    61-65, F
    1 Response Sep 9, 2013

    My Bad Knee...

    I was a skier back in the day.... now I have the bad knees to prove it. It sucks that something I did 27 years ago still affects my body.
    Sledge Sledge
    46-50, M
    1 Response Dec 21, 2007

    5 Months And Counting

    I'm 16 and this past march I was in a martial arts tournament where I tore my MCL. After a week of agonizing pain I went to the doctor where I got an MRI and a series of x-rays. They found that not only had I torn a ligament but I also had a condition called OCD. I had surgery...
    thebeesknees13 thebeesknees13
    Aug 18, 2012

    I'm recovering from ACL reconstruction

    and meniscus repair after dealing with it since August 2008 due to a motorcycle accident.
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses Jun 11, 2015

    My Injury

    Over the past couple of years, I have started to love running (racing, training, jogging, running trivia, the Olympics, looking up college running results, flotrack). Anyway, I started to get pretty good at it and I began to bump up mu training, and I injured my left knee over my...
    mykle321 mykle321
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jan 21, 2013

    My Knee Saga! On Surgery #4!

    I believe I dislocated my knee back when I was in 7/8th grade. either running track or trying out for the soccer team. During the try outs, I got this horrible pain and could not even go to school for a week. I went to my sports medicine doctor and he just did some x rays and...
    emily812 emily812
    1 Response May 28, 2012

    I had a meniscus tare repair on my right knee

    back in November and I just had surgery on my left knee 2 weeks ago for what they thought was the same issue. I have osteoarthritis and scoliosis and due to having both they believe I have an alignment issue which is causing my left knee to push my meniscus out of place. They're...
    SaraStevens1988 SaraStevens1988
    26-30, F
    1 Response Aug 5, 2015

    Shattered Patella..

    I shattered my knee cap and fractured my femur in a tragic motorcycle vs. tree accident. I was in OHSU hospital April 22nd, 2012. They put two screws in my patella and two in my femur and gave me a brace for my leg. It's four weeks after surgery I think I have like 20 degrees...
    MatthewS541 MatthewS541
    1 Response May 17, 2012

    10 Years of Pain and Counting

    So I am almost 10 months into the recovery from bi-lateral total knee replacement and am still experiencing level 3 - 6 of pain when standing, using stairs and getting up and down from a seat.  Per my surgeon I'm trying to give myself a full 12 months of recovery before...
    DianeinPain DianeinPain
    51-55, F
    Oct 6, 2009

    5 Months And Counting

    I'm 16 and this past march I was in a martial arts tournament where I tore my MCL. After a week of agonizing pain I went to the doctor where I got an MRI and a series of x-rays. They found that not only had I torn a ligament but I also had a condition called OCD. I had surgery...
    thebeesknees13 thebeesknees13
    Aug 18, 2012

    I was playing basketball with my son one Sunday.

    . Next thing I knew one wrong turn & I tore my MCL. I had knee surgery in October & have really been struggling with fluid & swelling, I've had it drained several times. I just finished a round of Prednisone but it hasn't helped either. Within the last 2 weeks the pain has gotten...
    snowbunny1002 snowbunny1002
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Feb 4, 2015

    3 Acl Surgeries

    I can't play basketball anymore because I had so many knee surgeries on the same knee.  I screwed it up by not doing enough therapy and playing basketball too soon after my surgery. Anybody else had 2 or 3 on the same knee and still playing sports?
    20chrvs 20chrvs
    Mar 10, 2009

    My Knee

    Almost a year ago I was lifting in a powerlifting meet and my knee dislocated and I tore my ACL, MCL, and my Meniscus. I had surgery in August. Overall the surgery and recovery was ok. Lately I have been getting tendonitis and that has hindered my lifting some. I hope it gets...
    j303 j303
    22-25, M
    May 23, 2007

    Torn Acl

    If you've had this surgery, please give me your thoughts. Cadaver tissue?  Your own tissue? Got any advice for preparing ahead of time?  Strengthening certain muscles for recovery? I twisted my knee while skiing 2 years ago, and I just recently had it checked out...
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Feb 20, 2009

    6 Weeks In

    and doin good, brace is off and im walking pretty normal. Extension is still sore and i only have about 30 degrees left til full flex. Im a very avid surfer and can't wait to get wet.
    kmohney kmohney
    Jul 11, 2008

    I've been having knee problems

    for quite a while. It hurts all the time. Even when I sleep. Medication doesn't really help. Such as Ibuprofin with codeine in it. On October 2end, I'm having orthoscopic surgery. They're not fixing anything, they're just assessing the damage. Seeing whats wrong with my knee...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Sep 21, 2014

    Cleansing, Artho and No Rehab Don't Mix

    I tried a herb body cleansing. Not to lose weight because I was already a fairly lean muscular 5'11" 190 pounds but for cleansing only. Ended up losing 15 pounds. I seem to loose weight and muscle in my legs the fastest. I did not realize it that the time but the muscle in my...
    Dan32 Dan32
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Jan 4, 2011

    6 Knee Surgeries Down, 7th On Its Way In 3 Months!

    Hi! I'm new here and this is my first message. I happened to find this website when i was googling information on where I should post.I'm 26, just turned less then a month ago, and I've just been told I will be needing my 7th knee surgery. I guess I just want to vent, and get...
    Angelbritt4u Angelbritt4u
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Aug 21, 2011

    11 Days In

     i went under not knowing if i had a meniscal tear, a partial acl or a full acl. i was just hoping for the best case scenario because i was rarely even in any pain. when i woke up they told me they had removed my acl and reconstructed it with a hamstring graft and there were...
    shutterbug28 shutterbug28
    1 Response Aug 21, 2009

    Here I am again. A week ago I was dancing

    and then my knee just hurt sooooo bad. omg. Just like my left knee. So . . . . . today I went to the Orthopedic Dr and had an x-ray. Apparently my left knee was not a torn ligament, but a torn meniscus. And it looks like on my right knee I have the beginning of arthritis and a...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Dec 24, 2014

    I have had knee surgery before

    and now I get to have it again in a few weeks. Not too happy about that.
    DuckFan1981 DuckFan1981
    36-40, M
    1 Response May 21, 2014

    One if the worst experiences I have ever had

    was waking up in surgery. Has anyone else done this?
    MixedMulatto MixedMulatto
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Jan 23, 2014

    5 Knee Surgeries

    Over the past 7 years, I have had 2 ACL reconstructions, 2 MCL reconstructions, and one scope for my meniscus.. all on my left knee. I am 23 years old and have been told that not only can I never play soccer again, but that going for even a jog is out of the question for the rest...
    Gnarleen Gnarleen
    Sep 6, 2012

    Chrondromalacia Patella And Medial And Laterial Meniscus Tear

    Hello this superlover, I am a 39 year old female. My occupation is welding. Have some questions, been welding for 5 yrs, never had any knee problem until made 39yrs old. I work in a shipyard doing strengeous work. Meaning we do alot of climbing,bending,kneeling,squatting...
    superloverchick33 superloverchick33
    36-40, F
    1 Response Mar 6, 2010

    I Had Knee Surgery

    I had knee surgery 4months ago and still feel dizzy and unsteady on my legs when does this go away and it still bothers me,,How long does it take to be normal again as this is getting old,i go to swimming classes next week as ive been to P.T. and stop after 6 wks as i felt she...
    helesweet helesweet
    66-70, F
    2 Responses Feb 13, 2010

    Successful Knee Surgery

    I damaged my knee when I was ice skating as a 16 yr old. It swelled up to the size of a large melon. I was hospitalised and then spent a very long time on crutches recovering and doing physio. Every few years it would dislocate. Each time this happened I felt as though I'd been...
    collydoll collydoll
    Nov 10, 2012

    I had knee surgery on my left knee on Thursday.

    Dr said he "cleaned it out". Sounds scary haha. Apparently he cleaned debris out of my knee. Whatever that means. le sigh I woke up in soooo much pain and uncontrollable shakes. I got up 2x before I left the hospital because I had to pee. They were talking about bed pan and i...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Oct 7, 2014


    I injured my knee playing rugby in April 2011. As referenced above I had an MRI scan and it identified a defect on the medial femoral condyle. I opted for the Microfracture as a first stage of treatment, however was always aware of the MACI. Given i wanted to play competitive...
    MrTurner76 MrTurner76
    Jul 23, 2013

    Would Like To Know

    Would like to know if anybody else has had an MPFL Reconstruction and how was they're experience? (MPFL - Medial Patella Femoral Ligament Reconstruction) Thanks :-) x
    Amber9285 Amber9285
    22-25, F
    Sep 14, 2013

    Two Acl Surgeries, And Having Trouble With The Second One.

    Hey all. I tore my ACL for the first time this past July playing basketball. I was shocked and upset, but I got a hamstring graft surgery and started my recovery. PT was good, everyone was very supportive. I missed my senior season of volleyball, but made an early recovery for...
    EAP27 EAP27
    May 12, 2011

    Meniscus Or Lack There Of

    I was unfortunately born with a discoid meniscus where the meniscus is shaped like a donut instead of a crescent moon(weird analogy). I was always falling as a small child and my mom thought I was a clutz. Then my knee started popping really prominently and hurt. I went...
    americanidiot87 americanidiot87
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Feb 8, 2012

    Madras Joint Replacement Center

    A Canadian footballer Mr. Gerald Dempsey from Newfoundland traveled to Indian surgeon Dr.A.K.Venkatachalam for his special Oxinium Journey knee replacement.  He is very happy to get a quick fire surgical solution within a month of inquiry. His surgery was performed at...
    placidway placidway
    22-25, M
    Jun 2, 2010

    A Little Frightened.

    I have my surgery this Wednesday. Any tips on what to bring/ not bring? How to rid the pre surgery jitters? And any other advice you may have would be appreciated. Thanks. :)
    Jstone741 Jstone741
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 20, 2012

    Damn Acl And Menisci

    So I had ACL reconstruction and a lateral and medial menisci repair a little under 3 months ago and my ACL is looking real good but I'm so worried about my menisci. There is not much pain at all but occasional clicks and I'm not sure if I should be worried or not. I'm seeing my...
    loversoccer23 loversoccer23
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 5, 2013

    I've been having some knee pain in

    both of my knees lately, especially the left from compensation while my right knee was healing. oh boy. Well I went to the doctor today and I have two problems. Bursa. Minor arthritis. And bad traction in my knees. But my meniscus is doing great. Yay - happy dance. I had a...
    darktippedrose darktippedrose
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Jun 1, 2015

    I just had a huge knee surgery last week.

    I think I am becoming depressed about it because I can't go out anywhere, I can't go to school, I can't see my friends ect. The whole thought of being stuck in my house makes me depressed and I've started to become extremely lonely. Even though my mom is here taking care of me...
    stfuabi stfuabi
    16-17, F
    1 Response May 5, 2015

    my name is jessie. on december 28th 2013 i got

    in a terrible skiing accident. I tore my acl, pcl, mcl, mpfl and partially tore my meniscus. On january 13th 2014 I had my first surgery, repairing my mcl, mpfl and pcl, leaving me with a 7 inch long scar and causing me to miss my first week of college classes. On march 7th 2014...
    maje1103 maje1103
    22-25, M
    Jun 29, 2014

    Third Time Lucky?

    Hi everyone, i'm 19 years old and am currently recovering from my third knee surgery. I am a black belt in taekwondo and i fought in many tournaments including some at a world level, i had high hopes of one day competing in the olympics but was forced to stop a few years ago when...
    JohnnnyC JohnnnyC
    2 Responses Apr 11, 2012

    I live in China, but I'm a WASP from the US.

    I have fkn seizures sometimes. I fell down and shattered my Right Patella. I'm pretty alone here... didn't go to hospital for about 12 hours and china doesn't like to give pain meds, so I was without pain meds maybe 24 hours. Well, if anybody wants to have a clear...
    diverdude7 diverdude7
    51-55, M
    Oct 22, 2014
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