Tore my meniscus a month ago. I had a locked knee, meaning my leg wouldn't straighten completely, the joint just felt stiff overall, and it wouldn't bend back all the way (to touch my ass). Oddly, no pain, esp when bent, so running and climbing stairs was easy while walking was the most awkward.
Turns out I have a "bucket handle" tear in my medial meniscus, and it is flapped over itself into the joint space. So, I'm getting surgery next week. They said they think it is repairable and are going to try to repair it. Which means crutches for 6 weeks, 3-4 months before returning to normal sport activity (which doc described as running, hiking, biking...).
So my questions are:
1. If they repair it, will I ever be able to squat, deadlift, clean, run, or play high intensity sports like snowboarding or basketball again? Are meniscus repairs more vulnerable to being retorn, even after waiting a couple of months for it to completely heal?
2. If they find they can't repair it during surgery, they'll have to do a partial meniscectomy. Which means no part of my medial meniscus and arthritis later in life. But will this limit my ability bear heavy weights on my knee or do anything high impact? Can you bear couple hundred pounds of weight on a bone-on-bone knee that lacks part of a meniscus?
3. Has anyone ever had meniscus surgery? Was it a repair or partial removal? What was post-surgery pain like? I have no pre-surgery pain as described. What was recovery like before walking normally? Before returning to sports and lifting?