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A 22-year-old male asked:

How can i facilitate the repair of torn cartilage in my knees?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: It depends on the more specific nature of your problem. For example, some injuries may heal on their own, perhaps with some limited weight bearing, on the other hand, some cartilage injuries, such as a displaced menus cal tear may require surgery for repair or debridement. Your surgeon will be able to tell you much more about the specific nature of your problem. Thank you.
Dr. Jack Farr
Dr. Jack Farr commented
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
I agree it is possible for a small subset of vertical red/red meniscal cartilages to heal without surgery -- though rare without repair. Articular cartilage does not heal. It is important to have a precise diagnosis to discuss prognosis.
Mar 6, 2014

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