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A 36-year-old member asked:

Could a torn lateral meniscus heal, then tear easily again a few weeks after?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Once it's torn it will never be the same. It's prone to re-injury.
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
No: While some healing can occur in 3 weeks, it is more likely that you simply had a partial tear that got worse over time or an unstable tear that flipped back into place for a time then went out of place again.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for a torn lateral meniscus heal, then tear easily again a few weeks later?

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Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Sure: When they repair a tear they leave much of your meniscus in. It is possible for you to retear that residual meniscus.

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Last updated Nov 12, 2012

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