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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is a microfracture procedure advisable for a meniscus tear in the knee?

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
NO: Microfracture is done when the end of the bone cartilage surface has an area that is worn off. You then use a small "pick" to puncture the bone in the area that the cartilage is worn off to try to make the bone bleed onto this surface and create some scar cartilage to form in the cartilage defect area. The repair cartilage is not normal cartilage but can help some patients. Not for meniscus tear.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How can you tell if you have a meniscus tear in your knee?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Evaluation: History-injury, clicking, pain , popping, giving way. Physical exam findings. Mri. Surgery.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Unlikely: Except in very young patients with open growth plates (children and adolescents), meniscus injuries rarely heal without intervention. Meniscus tissue has a poor blood supply and thus doesn't have good spontaneous healing potential. Sometimes a meniscus injury ceases to hurt or cause symptoms, but the tissue hasn't actually healed.
Dr. Bennett Burns
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Agree, young may heal (but the growth plates aren't involved- just a marker of youth)
Mar 29, 2012
A 30-year-old member asked:

What can be done about a tear in your meniscus in the knee?

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Dr. Bryan Reuss
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Surgery: Surgery is indicated, and depending on the location of the tear and the quality of the tissue, a repair or a meniscectomy (removal of the torn portion) is indicated.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the ways you can tear your meniscus in the knee?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Twisting: The most common mechanisms of tearing the meniscus include deep squatting, or planting the foot and twisting the leg. The meniscus may also tear in association with a more significant injury to the knee, like a tear of the acl.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to tear your meniscus in the knee?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Knee meniscal tears are common. The meniscus can tear from a single traumatic event or the tear can be the result of a degenerative process. Meniscal tears can be detected with a thorough physical exam by a sports or ortho expert and confirmed by mri.

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