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A 44-year-old member asked:

do i have to be on crutches if i have a torn meniscus?

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Dr. Robert Klitzman
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
Meniscus Injury: You do not necessarily have to be on crutches with a torn meniscus. Meniscus tears come in several shapes and sizes. Many people have a torn meniscus without even knowing it. Crutches are used for large, especially bucket handle, meniscus tears to protect the meniscus in preparation for a surgical repair. Meniscus tears that are asymptomatic or smaller usually do not require you to be on crutches.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Possibly.: Only if the pain is to great, or if your knee is locked, where you can't straighten or bend it.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

After surgery for subgunal exotosis on big toe, what is the usual recovery time & do you need crutches?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
10 weeks.: There are a lot of sensory nerves in the hands and feet, so these areas tend to stay painful and sore longer than other body parts. Pain after this kind of foot surgery can take 10 weeks to resolve, with 10% improvement per week. At one month (4-5 weeks) you should be 40%-50% better, at two months you should be 80%-90% better. At 3 months you should be 99% better.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long do you have to avoid driving after meniscus tear surgery?

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Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
Right side or left?: If it is your left knee, you can probably drive very shortly after surgery as long as you are not taking narcotic. If it is your right knee, it will be at least a week before you can drive, as it would be risky to have to hit the break too soon after surgery, and you would be a risk to yourself and everyone else on the road.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

Why would pregnancy damage a torn meniscus?

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Dr. Aamir Siddiqi
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Torn meniscus: In pregnancy the weight distribution of the body changes and it is possible to have different type and force of strain that may put more stress over the meniscus in the knee joint.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How long can I wait before doing meniscus repair surgery?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
No definite answer: Meniscus tears that are repairable should be repaired as expeditiously as possible. No one can know for certain when or if another injury will occur. Further injury may convert a repairable tear to a tear that cannot be repaired but only partially removed. While waiting for a likely repair, it is prudent to greatly limit any activities that put the knee and meniscus at risk for further injury.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How should I determine if I need surgery for a meniscus tear?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
See a surgeon: An orthopedic surgeon can evaluate your injury and help you decide whether surgery is indicated.

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