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A 27-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Albert Diaz
Orthopedic Surgery 29 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.
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 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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How long after orthoscopic meniscus surgery does the swelling usually go down?

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2 weeks: Typically it goes down in the first 2 weeks but it can take longer. If it persists beyond say 6 weeks then it needs to be evaluated.
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How long can a torn meniscus take to heal without surgery?

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Torn meniscus: Frequently a torn miniscus will not heal. It is important to get medical advice, usually from an orthopedic specialist to determine the severity of the tear and whether or not surgery is necessary to get well.
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I have a torn meniscus and acl. When should I be able to return to playing basketball?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
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Yes: If you have surgical reconstruction of your ACL and repair of your meniscus (if able), your chances to return to your prior level of activity (basketball) is very high (upwards of 90%).
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If I have a torn meniscus what risks would I be taking by snowboarding once?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Risky: As a snowboarder, i can share with you that there is significant stress placed on knees, regardless of whether you snowboard "regular foot" or "goofy foot." the weighing and unweighing of the knees that occurs with snowboarding, with the twisting motion involved with snowboarding will be very risky for someone who has a torn meniscus.
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What is the worst part of the ACL and meniscus surgery?

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Dr. Scott Roethle
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Rehab and therapy: You will likely be asleep, or well anesthetized with a spinal/epidural, during the surgical procedure, which is straight-forward and has minimal risk. Most of these patients will recieve a nerve block for post-op pain control that helps for 12-24 hrs, plus oral pain medications. You may be in a brace and you may need extensive physical therapy for post-op rehab of your injury and surgical repair.

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