I have been dealing with bad arthritis in my right knee for years - even before my stroke. Though the winter I though the pain was just from the arthritis and figured it would get better when the weather warmed up as it always has in the past. WRONG. It just kept getting worse & worse until the point that my primary doctor took an x-ray and stated that it was indeed arthritis and to just take 2 Tylenol every 4 hours. I didn't like that idea, but said I would try.
4 weeks later I emailed my primary doctor & told him it was worse and that I was in pain 24/7. He sent me to an orthopedic surgeon and he said I could either take the Tylenol and deal with the pain, or have an arthroscopic surgery done and that should make the pain go away.
He said that I would probably need a new knee eventually, but because I am only 55 and overweight, he said that he wouldn't do it anyway. Basically, he said that I need to lose the weight & I need to wait at least 5 years before anyone would do the surgery. My weight would cause the knee to have problems in either case, so "lose the weight".
On the 22nd, I go in for the arthroscopic surgery and he said that I would need to rest on the couch for a few days, but I would need to get up and walk every hour or so. For me, as long as the constant pain goes away, I am willing to do just about anything.
Anyone have arthroscopic surgery on their knee? What should I expect?
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