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A 54-year-old male asked:

can a meniscus be replaced?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Guy Fogel
Dr. Guy Fogel answered
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
Yes: A cadaveric meniscus can be sewn in place of your damaged one. This treatment has its own limitations and may not work.
Dr. Richard Perlman
Orthopedic Surgery 58 years experience
Yes: A meniscus can be replaced with an allograft (from a human donor cadaver) but there are criteria for doing it. If you have arthritis in the area, then it won't work. Most surgeons feel that there is an age limit.
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Agree; meniscal allograft replacement can be effective in a very select group of patients(young, minimal associated arthritis, ACL intact, normally aligned knee, etc). Technically demanding arthroscopic procedure.
Nov 17, 2013

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you treat a damaged meniscus?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Depends: It will depend on the degree of damage. If it is not fully torn, you may be helped by physical therapy, brace wearing, gait retraining etc. If it is fully torn and there is a lot of arthrtis, your best bet would probably be surgery.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What will happen if I have a pinched meniscus?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Interesting term?: A mensicus usually refers to the cartilage in the knee. If the cartilage comes loose and bend or moves as the knee is moving, then it can get caught in the joint between the bones, and will be pinched. This can cause pain, can cause a piece to be broken off and get loose in the knee and can cause problems for you. If you are concerned, see an orthopedist or your pcp. May need more diagnostics.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is heat usually good or bad for meniscus tears?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Good: Heat is good for any muscle, ligament, cartilage pain, ice good for acute pain and nerve pain.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for the meniscus to simply wear away?

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Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luks answered
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
YES...: That is simply the most common reason for people to have meniscal tears... Like your favorite pair of blue jeans... You feel a breeze one day and look down and see a hole... The fabric simply wore out with time... The same thing can happen with our menisci, rotator cuff, etc.
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A 44-year-old female asked:

Is a displacement meniscus root a tear? How does it get torn?

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Dr. Tal David
Dr. Tal David answered
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes : Meniscus tissue can tear by one of two ways: trauma or degeneration. In the traumatic tear, symptoms are sudden and related to a twisting injury. In the degenerative tear, the onset of symptoms is more subtle and the pain more sporadic. Either type of tear is best addressed by an orthopedic surgeon. An MRI is likely the best way to image this problem.

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