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A 39-year-old member asked:

What could happen if i don't get knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. G Jason Hunt
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Depends: It depends on the size, location, and tear pattern of the meniscus tear. It also depends on your age and activity level. The spectrum of nothing to continued damage to the articular cartilage and progression of arthritis.
Dr. Victor Khabie
Sports Medicine 30 years experience
You could be fine: Or it can continue to bother you, the tear can get larger making subsequent surgery more involved. General advise, get it fixed if it significantly bothers you.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happens if i don't get knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Varies: Symptoms will likely stay the same or worsen over time. Arthritis can develop if there is a large tear causing friction within the joint. If conservative treatment has failed, surgery is likely the only thing that will help.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What happens if i don't undergo knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Shapiro
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 37 years experience
Time will tell: Not everyone who has a meniscus tear needs surgery. What happens to the meniscus if you don't do surgery is it will either get better and not bother you or it will interfere with your normal daily activities. Statistically, most meniscal tears don't heal. If you can do what you need and want to do, delay surgery.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can I do about a torn meniscus that is getting worse after my knee gave out?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Conservative care: A torn meniscus will often respond to conservative treatment. Try a neoprene knee sleeve/brace, as well as ice/heat, and relative rest. If symptoms persist, an orthopedist can perform knee injections or surgery.
A 40-year-old member asked:

I have a torn meniscus in my knee. Do I have to have surgery?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John McDonald
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
No: A meniscus can heal on its own. This typically occurs in the first 6 weeks or so after injury. However, some tears become asymptomatic and can be managed with injections and physical therapy. If pain and swelling persist despite nsaids, pt, rest, injections, then usually a surgery is warranted depending on how much arthritis is in the joint. Speak to your ortho surgeon for more detail.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a torn meniscus of knee?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Torn meniscus: Lockingm painful clicking, limited range of motion, some small swelling.

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Last updated Oct 15, 2016

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