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2/20/14 5:29 A

After surgery I think you should start some muscle strengthening exercises to build up strength that was lost due to injury.I found many people lost their self-confidence because of immobility.There are many exercises available related to ankle movement and leg straining after surgery.

Edited by: JESSICAHOBERT at: 2/20/2014 (23:57)
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3/27/13 2:41 P

I did know I had a tear. I tore my meniscus about 4 years ago, but I had no insurance. When I finally could go and get it looked at, it was too late to repair, so I started the shots. They helped initially for about 5 months, but eventually it only helped for a couple of weeks at best. The surgery was the best thing I did. I walked out of the emergency room on crutches, and was walking unassisted 3 days later. I have 2 tiny scars, (it was arthroscopic) and now it's just the healing pains, the bone on bone pain is gone.
I wish you luck, if you have any questions, send me a note!! Good luck!!

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3/27/13 1:10 P

I just posted about what to expect after finding a meniscus tear and then scrolled down to see this.

Congratulations on feeling well enough to start exercising again.

Did you know you had a meniscus tear when the were doing the cortisone shots every 3-5 months?

I injured my knee in November and have gained over 10 pounds and am so discouraged.

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3/27/13 10:48 A

I didn't require physical therapy after, it was a really easy arthroscopic procedure, I walked immediately after. I do have a set of exercises that the dr gave me to do, and I did talk to him, he only said to avoid lunges and squats until after he sees me next month.

I found a video on here, it's a 12 minute chair routine for abs, and I loved it. Thanks for the advice!! I hadn't thought of using a bike.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
3/27/13 10:28 A

I had ACL surgery years ago. Your doctor should have prescribed Physcial Therapy to help you with this.

Most of the time, it is recommended to do very low impact. You should really be taking it easy, but a stationary bike at a speed where your knee can handle it would be good, if you are cleared.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,434
3/27/13 10:22 A


Since you still have swelling and tenderness, your doctor would be the best person to advise you on what exercises are safe and what you should avoid. They might even be able to send you to a few sessions of physical therapy, where a PT can design an exercise program specific to your needs.

Coach Jen

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3/27/13 7:20 A

Hi all!! I had surgery on Feb. 27 2013 to "scrape" my right knee after I had torn the meniscus a few years ago. Before the surgery, I had been having cortisone shots every 3-5 months for the pain, but there was still always enough pain to prevent me from really doing any kind of exercise. Now I am one month out, and slowly feeling well enough to make an attempt to lose some of the weight I've gained in the last few years.
I still have some swelling, and tenderness in my knee. The doctor said not to do any lunges or squats or anything like that yet. I have a Gazelle type machine that I have been using for at least 20 minutes a day.

My question is, has anyone had a surgery on their knees and what types of exercises are safe for me that will strengthen my knee and help me to lose weight?

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