A 45-year-old member asked:
Does a torn acl and lateral meniscus require surgery?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Tepperanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: If you desire to get back to an active lifestyle, typically yes.
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Dr. Gregory Harveyanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Acl: Yes. These injuries require surgery especially if the meniscus tear is causing pain or your knee to lock up.
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Dr. Brian Chimentianswered
Sports Medicine 29 years experience
Yes: Generally yes. Neither a torn meniscus nor an acl tear will heal itself. Surgical trim or repair of the meniscus will likely improve your pain. Acl reconstructions are done at all ages in active individuals. It is not mandatory to fix the acl, but the knee will remain somewhat unstable which can lead to future injuries. Talk to your doc.
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Last updated Dec 9, 2013
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