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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 30 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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Dr. Audie Rolnick
41 years experience
Depends: Depends on location, severity , blood supply, activity level. If it is going to heal it can take 3 months.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the period of time it takes for a partially torn meniscus to heal?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
6 to 8 weeks: It depends on the anatomical location of the torn meniscus. If it close to the peripheral vascular zone then it has a good chance to heal. If it is in the inner third nonvascular zone then the chances of healing are poor.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 39 years experience
6-8 weeks : Minimum earlier if you have arthroscopic surgery.
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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 20 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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