I had a knee arthroscopy 9 months ago for two meniscus tears in my left knee?

Hi. I have a history of knee injury. I was a competitive cheerleader for almost a decade. A couple years ago, I shifted my knee cap. I went to a specialist and was given a brace to wear for a month. After that, it was fine and I didn’t go through physical therapy. Then, I had a knee arthroscopy 9 months ago for two meniscus tears in my left knee. One was tiny and the other was like a bucket handle tear. I changed specialist from my original one a few years back. My current one doesn’t think my original injury was treated properly. Anyway, I went through some physical therapy, but my doctor said I did not need to continue since I had my full range of motion back. There was also no signs of cartilage damage or arthritis in my knee. The past few days, the outside of my knee (near one incision scar) and the side of it has some pain and tightness. The knee is a bit swollen and feels like it’s heartbeat. I think I overworked it, but it too sure. I’ve been icing it, elevating it, and started using my knee stabilizing brace again today. I’m hoping it’ll pass with some rest and some pain relievers. Also, I’m just hoping it’s the frequent changes in weather somehow affecting me. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Ahmed Fawzy
9:51 pm

Your pain will improve by time on its own however your pain suggests lateral meniscal problem, I hope you can upload you post operative MRI or do a new one
Good Luck

Ayman Darrag
12:17 am

I recommend doing a new MRI imaging as this may be lateral meniscial problem or non removed part of your meniscus or to a less extent iliotibial band

2:43 am

I am an orthopaedic surgeon and have been doing such arthoscopies quite regularly at our clinic.
I think this is a reactionary synovitis due to either weather changes or due to overstressing your knee unknowingly.
Your menisci are somewhat weakened and softened now due to previous injuries,so you should avoid any strenous load/activity that will affect the knee.

I think you should be fine with rest ,compression bandage,ice packs and anti inflammatory tablets.

Let me know if you need any more help.

Dr.Honey Arora
7:13 am

Thanks for the query..

Well, it can either be Infection in the Incision scar or can be related to lateral meniscal tears..

Consult an Orthopedician and get evaluated and an x-ray or MRI SCAN can be helpful in confirmation..

As of now take anti-inflammatory painkillers like Ibuprofen, continue doing cool compresses and avoid exertion..

Hope this helps..