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A 52-year-old male asked:

I have a torn medial meniscus and have been avoiding surgery for past 2 years. are there any good alternatives that accomplish the same thing?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
No real alternatives: A meniscal tear that is symptomatic can be analogous to having a rock in your shoe. You can continue walking and having symptoms, or you could undergo arthroscopy to have the injured portion of the torn meniscus removed. Ice, elevation, physical therapy, nsaids are all reasonable to try, but when symptoms persist for greater than 3-6 months, surgery is a great option.

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Last updated Mar 3, 2016

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