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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long can it take for a damaged meniscus to heal?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
It varies: This depends on the extent of the tear and the type of treatment chosen. If not treated surgically, most meniscus tears never truly heal, although with time and perhaps medications, therapy and/or injections sometimes symptoms can subside in 6-12 weeks. If arthroscopic partial excision is undergone, "healing" can take 3-6 weeks. If arthroscopic repair is undergone, healing can take 3-6 months.
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 33 years experience
They dont: We smooth them with arthroscope they dont healb on their own.
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
Usually doesn't.: A torn meniscus usually does not heal, and requires arthroscopic surgery, to trim out the torn portion.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to heal from meniscus injury?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 51 years experience
It depend: If the injury is tear of the meniscus and the tear was taken by arthoscopy it should take 3-4 weeks to heal.If the meniscus was repaired it take about 3-6 month.Good luck .Thanks.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for a torn meniscus to heal?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 40 years experience
6-8 weeks : Minimum earlier if you have arthroscopic surgery.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How long can it take for a partially torn meniscus to heal?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Diaz
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Forever.: Meniscus tears rarely heal on their own. Only the outer third of the meniscus has a blood supply, and even tears in this region typically need to be repaired if there is to be any hope for healing. A torn meniscus in a young to middle-aged patient should usually be resected or repaired to prevent further damage.
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