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A 45-year-old member asked:

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

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frederick Buechel, Jr. MD
Orthopedic Surgery 21 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
41 years experience
Evaluation: History-injury, clicking, pain , popping, giving way. Physical exam findings. Mri. Surgery.
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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 20 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.
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Dr. Bennett Burns
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Agree, young may heal (but the growth plates aren't involved- just a marker of youth)
Mar 29, 2012

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