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Knee support before meniscus surgery.

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I'm postponing my meniscus repair surgery (maybe other damage once the doc gets inside)....until after my ski trip. I'm taking the risk versus reward approach. The worst that could happen is my meniscus folds up under itself, my knee locks up, and I end up in the ER....according to my doctor. I dont want that!!! I'm an expert skier but not in the best skiing shape. Looking for advice on knee braces to get me through a few day's of hard skiing on blues, and groomed blacks. I already have a Donjoy neoprene brace with side hinges, but looking for something more supportive for skiing. Anybody recommend a brace for the purpose described above?
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I'm afraid your doctor has given you the answer you shouldn't be skiing until fixed
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I can't think of anything that would help, sorry.
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@Time2fly, Have you had a MRI? If you have the report I may be able to advise you. I wouldn't go skiing until you have done some rehabilitation on that knee.
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S83.241D other tear of medial meniscus, current injury, right knee, subsequent encounter. M23.251 derangement of posterior horn of lateral meniscus due to old injury/tear right knee.
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@Grandma Sunshine, S83.241D other tear of medial meniscus, current injury, right knee, subsequent encounter. M23.251 derangement of posterior horn of lateral meniscus due to old injury/tear right knee.
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9 months it took me to get over a bucket tear.
Couldn't walk for almost 6 months.
Lost my job/contract.
Can no longer carry anything heavy as it makes my knee crunch.
Can no longer jog/run.
Have been told i will require a knee replacement at some point.
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@Time2fly, very few meniscal tears require surgery unless they cause locking or giving way. Best to try rehabilitation / physical therapy first. Is your posterior horn a bucket handle tear as that might need surgery.
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I don’t think you will find a support that helps much with pain or clicking but a 5mm rehband style neoprene support may help you with warmth and confidence. For what it’s worth, I skied for 5 seasons with a tear before it gave way in a horrible way in an inaccessible and rather steep couloir
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@Grandma Sunshine, thanks. The doc wont know the exact extent of damage until she gets in there, but sees tears, and things dangling about. She suspects she'll need to trim, and maybe sew, but wont know until she actually does it. I think I'll wear what they gave me and take it easy on the groomed.
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Try a patella band just below the knee as well.

I remember searching about my injury & was pointed to stones clinic in SF who uses pig parts
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@Time2fly, Must be different in the US as surgeons over here tend not to go in for exploratory knee surgery but rely on MRI results instead. I don't think any brace would give much protection to further skiing injuries if you need surgery. Best of luck on recovery.
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Some meniscal tears are fine to ski on as long as the knee doesn’t swell. Typically medial meniscus without any piece that is catching should be doable. It won’t be perfect but I’m not usually too worried about a deterioration . If there is meniscus getting caught in the joint that is a very different matter. Jonathan Bell
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Thanks. I’ve got a sleeve which fits tight around the knee, under a knee brace, then I’ll be taking the prescribed anti-inflammatory. Ive read a lot of articles, and along with the advice from this forum, I do plan on taking it easy. Thanks for the advice.
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