I committed to Dr. Elrod for surgery Friday. Doc said he'll know when he scopes my knee how he'll approach it. He said due to the ACL reconstruction I had almost 28 yrs ago that it makes me a bit more susceptible to this type of injury. Repair of a meniscus root tear is not always successful. Stats show anywhere between 50-70% full healing of such repairs. If after scoping it he decides to not attempt the repair, I may go out of network to a specialist in CO.
I'm considering the good possibility I may retire from masters track. If the repair is done, it's possible it might not heal or might be reinjured. So, more chances for negative outcomes.
I never thought at the time that this injury would be as consequential, because unlike a ligament, it's not really painful and I can do pretty much anything except sprint.
I just hope for the best and hope this decision works out.
My head tells me I should retire from track, but my heart tells me to try. Funny, I still have a pair of brand new Hoka training shoes with the tags still on I had earmarked to get me ready for Poland. I have kept my beloved Puma track spikes in good shape, epoxying the soles when needed. I've hoarded dozens of spike risers to last me what I thought would be for a decade or more. Little did I know.