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I live in America and am not sure where you live but my doc suggested that I go to a physical trainer ( a specialist that helps with getting injuries back to 100%. Like if you were to have surgery in tendons, you would go to them afterwards to get help re-training your muscles.) they gave me exercises like resistance training, some weights, and stretches.
I play indoor too but only in the winter. That shit is hard on your knees but I would almost dare to say that I like it more that on a regular sized pitch.
I tend to like the sleeve more than my brace because it's really tight and my braces tend to become loose or just not seem to help. The sleeve helps keep my knee from being loose, for lack of a better term, while I'm running.
Edit: I can't find the sleeve that I have because one of my coaches have me one of hers to have but it's similar to this one Pro-Tec Athletics Gel Force Knee Sleeve, Large [link]
Mine is more of a thick neoprene with no metal reinforcement bands along the side but those would help as you need to keep your knee from moving from side to side when you lift/run until you're 100%. If you are squatting or something similar and you're injured knee is buckling then all you're doing is hindering yourself. I'm not saying you're doing anything wrong but telling you what my therapist told me.
So I've torn the lateral meniscuses.. (meniscii?) on both my knees back in high school, and had surgery for both. Not sure, but I think the left was repair and the right was partial removal. Right one was super minimal, 2 holes, the other was more old school with 5. Never really noticed the right one after, the left always felt like it wasn't performed well, but it didn't affect function.
Recently, I'm about 80% certain I've retorn my left lateral, and I'm not sure what's up with my right (something tweaks posterolateral with flexion). Anyhow, I've left these alone, and it hasn't really impaired me too much.
At first, my left knee swelled up pretty good, but now it's almost normal, just catches every now and then, making me repeatedly flex and extend my knee until it pops and the meniscus goes back in place. Occasionally aches, but liveable. I'm rolling with a knee sleeve that has a gel patellar ring and I can still play rugby.
This is what I got, it's almost like a cheap Bauerfeind to me, works wonders for protection when I'm shooting or have to drop a knee.
If you get surgery, arthroscopy is the way to go. minimal invasiveness, and generally rehab might be a few months tops. It's up to you if you have the time and money for it. Healing time will probably be shorter now since you're young and active, but it's not impossible to live without.
As for between repair and removal, I think your doctor is opting for repair since again, you're young and have a better chance at it healing well (in general cartilage doesn't get much if any blood supply so any sort of regeneration is slow at best). You're not wrong though, it might tear again and cause you to need a second surgery. Sure menisectomy might prevent that, but that part of your meniscus is gone. It's the meniscus that helps your joints glide easily, so when it's gone it's bone on bone meaning increased chance of osteoarthritis as you get older.
Just my 2c. Anyone feel free to correct me if my information is wrong.