And the doctor said...

...no more monkeys jumping on the bed or running triathlons 5ks or half marathons. (It's not as catchy.)

I've taken a whole week off from exercise after the tri last Sunday. My knee hurts, y'all. It's hurt with every run, bike ride and other lower body workout since I can remember, so I went back to the doc last week for some x-rays and condescension. 


TURNS OUT meniscus repairs only have about an 85% success rate. Damn it. My doc feels strongly that my lateral meniscus is still torn and when I use it, it gets RILL PISSED. This one has been repaired twice - one time with both ACL surgeries - meaning it's possible the repair didn't work the first time either.

What a stubborn little meniscus. Y u no get fixed?

The only way to fix it now is to cut the damaged part out. That's not always the case, but in MY case, that is the solution. The recovery time is only about a month, it's arthroscopic surgery and there's something about the whole thing being done with butterfly kisses and Leprechaun magic so that it works this time.


So, here's my struggle. (And it's real.) When I go to my hair stylist and the hair color we decide on doesn't work with my skin tone, I can go back and she will fix the color for free. When I go to the doctor and the surgery he performed didn't work, shouldn't the same principle apply? It's frustrating that I did everything right post-op and I still require additional surgery. But the positive side is I don't have cancer and that's pretty rad. Cancer's a bitch. And I trained for and finished a duathlon and triathlon with a FUBAR knee. That's also pretty rad. Beast mode: ACTIVATED. (Did anybody else just flex so hard your shirt sleeves ripped? Just me? I ain't mad about it.)

I'm on the fence about my next step (literally, haaaa). Surgery now and get it over with? Tough it out for a while and look at alternative options? Get a second opinion from another doctor? Wish really hard and hope it goes away on its own? I'm leaning toward not doing surgery for a while (unless they're giving out free boob jobs), so we'll see. I'll definitely have to keep running to a minimum until I figure it out. 

/end boring knee update. Even I'm tired of hearing about it.

Comments

  1. Aw man that stinks. :( Good luck with your decision. I know you are tired of going under the knife but I think I would go ahead and do it.

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    1. Ha, the third time is the charm, after all.

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  2. Seriously, what are the odds?? holy moly.
    From an insurance perspective? yes, I'd request additional notes and the surgery report from the prior before pre-auth is granted on another surgery with the same dx code as last year, and the prior or what not. The surgeon's office may not go to bat for you, but you can call ahead about pre-auth questions and inquire about if you will have any trouble with auth since this the dx code is the same as before.
    sorry...insurance brain was activated. oops.

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    1. That's awesome advice, thanks! Dealing with insurance makes me want to punch a wall, but I don't because then I'd have to go get stitches and still have to deal with insurance.

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  3. I'd do a buttload of research before doing it. I had a chat with a chiropractor a little while ago and he was very against that sort of surgery, because it's a part that serves a function, so while removing it eliminates the current pain, it's going to give you other problems. Of course, as a chiropractor he's somewhat biased (all treatment can be handled through chiropractic). But even the Wikipedia article says there are studies supporting either side of removal surgery. I don't know enough to give you a recommendation on whether or not to do it, but I am definitely an advocate of getting all the information you can before making a decision.

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    1. Haha yeah I had a similar conversation with a chiropractor (chiro fixes everything, including your bad haircut). Still, surgery is a bitch and I'd rather not, so yeah, I'm not rushing in.

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  4. 7ish years ago I tore my meniscus and had the damaged part removed. Then this last February I possibly tore it again but never had an MRI to find out for sure. My doc suggested a cortisone shot and I really haven't had any pain since. Occasionally it will swell if I walk/run a lot but it's been a life saver! Possibly an option for you??

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    1. It's worth a shot (get it? get it?) to, at the very least, manage the pain for now.

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear you're going through all of this! I have actually torn my lateral meniscus too, as I was trying to push through a hip injury. After a few opinions from ortho docs, two of which wanted to try and repair, one who wanted to go ahead and remove it, saying it would never stay repaired, I have decided to go through with the removal. I am scheduled for surgery in 10 days, and I am hoping and praying this is the answer, because I'm so sick of my lower body being busted! Thank you for sharing what you've been through, as I definitely considered all that you've endured when I was trying to make a decision. I'll keep you posted, and hang in there! I know you're too busy being the badass that you are to let this get in your way!

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