So, a year ago yesterday, I had that little knee surgery wherein half the tattered meniscus on the right knee got snipped off and flushed out. For those of you who might be considering a date with the knife for a similar condition, an update.
Numbers don't mean much, but I'd say I'm probably at 90% of where I was before the knee stared hurting. There is enough redundancy in the human body that you can sometimes hack out a piece and things still work pretty well. Now and again, if I sit a certain way for a long time, I'll get a twinge in the joint, and on particularly cold and rainy days, there is sometimes a mild, dull ache, but by and large, I count it a success. Before the surgery, there was a constant nagging pain and a sense of instability, and that's gone.
Only other sequela I've noticed is a small numb spot on the lateral side of the knee. Sometimes small nerves get cut or damaged, and usually with peripheral ones, if they are gonna come back, it'll take six or eight months. By now, I'm guessing they are gone for good.
Small price to pay, all things considered.