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Old 06-15-09, 04:53 AM   #1
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Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Note: Of course the answer is "ask your doctor"

I have, many times. 10 days ago I had arthroscopic surgery, partial meniscus removal, from playing tennis. He's very clear that it will be 6-8 weeks for tennis, due to the side to side torque.

When I ask about getting back on the bike, I get no real answer. He says bikeing is good for the knee, but falling isn't. I don't feel ready yet..but close. Do any of you have any experience as to how long it takes to get back to riding, and at what intensity?
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Old 06-15-09, 08:13 AM   #2
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What you are about to read is not in anyway intended as medical advice; follow at your own risk.

Okay, now that that is out of the way. I would say that it largely depends on you. Take your cues from the physical therapist you are working with (you are working with one at a sports medicine center, right!). Part of the rehab of any injury/surgery is the mental aspect of showing the person that, "no really, you can still do this". Make sure they are aware of your riding habits prior to the injury. They will probably be thrilled to hear you ask to get on a stationary bike for a while (a great place to start prior to taking the real thing back out).

As for intensity, start off easy, and listen to what your body is telling you. Soreness is part of getting things back in motion, but pain is not. No offense to the U.S. Marine Corps, but they have if wrong; soreness is weakness leaving the body, pain is the body's way of saying "Stop, Dang-it!"

Also, have you been fitted for a brace of some kind? Depending on the severity of the meniscal removal, it may be something your doctor might prescribe for you.

Hope that helps, keep us posted on your recovery.

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Or, you may want to ask about using a stationary trainer, spinning in a very low gear with your bike.
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Tom, don't have a trainer and no plans to buy one. I do have a top of the commercial line eliptical, but I think that is a little more impact than the bike.

Will start PT this week, although I'm not sure how long I'll continue it
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Been there done that twice.

+1 on going with your physical terrorist, errr therapist's, opinion this. It all comes down to how strong your surrounding muscles were before the procedure and how quickly your knee stabilzes.
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Been there done that twice.

+1 on going with your physical terrorist, errr therapist's, opinion this. It all comes down to how strong your surrounding muscles were before the procedure and how quickly your knee stabilzes.
This was my experience (I'm not a doctor...in any shape way or form)

When I got my right knee scoped my doctor was very conservative. 6-8 weeks etc. The physical therapist pushed much more. She said anything I could handle, pain-wise and psychologically, was probably fine. I was off crutches in a few days (they were annoying) and back on the elliptical in about a couple weeks. Back on the bike and even the basketball court a couple weeks after that.

PISSED of the Surgeon but made my Therapist smile.

No problems with the knee whatsoever since.

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I had knee surgery in June 27, 2007. I was on a stationary riding 10-20 mins at physical therapy 14 days after the surgery. By the end of the July, I was given the ok to resume normal routine. In August, I rode 250 miles, in Sept I did over 400.

Your results may differ based on your condition going into surgery. I was already riding in the hood of 300-400 a month at that time, so I think that had a lot to do with my recovery speed.
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So 2-3 weeks for eliptical, and a month for bike. It's been 11 days and today it feels great.

As long as I can't damage anything, I'll ask the PT guy in Wed

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My first arthroscopic my MD really told me to start biking and stop running...that's when I got back into cycling. After 17 years or so of reffing college basketball, my knees were burned out and I had a double knee replacement in November of '07. Anyway, riding a stationary bike was a big part of the protocol, and now I ride a real bike nearly 10 miles aweek. They did caution me about falling however, but that was just the normal, "gotta be careful and I have to tell you this" routine.

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A lot depends on how much meniscus they removed and how tender the knee is. Normally, there will be a limited range of motion, so you may not be able to do a ride as that may bend the knee too much. That will change shortly, but don't push it too hard as your knee could end up locking up and then you'd be stuck miles from home.

Normally, you'd start pool exercises in a couple of weeks after the sutures close completely, but you need to strengthen the musculature and work on range of motion, so don't get too antsy as it may put you back longer. I just had arthroscopic on my shoulder and I went on a ride a couple of days afterwords. Big mistake as it made my shoulder seize up and probably put me back several days, so just take it easy.
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