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A 40-year-old member asked:

How severe does meniscus tear need to be to need surgery?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Shapiro
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 37 years experience
Painful: To operate on a torn meniscus, the patient must have symptoms enough to interfere with activities. Patients without problems shouldn't have surgery just because an MRI says there is a meniscus tear.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Meniscus tear: Indications for surgery include locking, painful clicking, and mechanical symptoms.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 18 years experience
Depends: Regardless of MRI findings, if there is no pain and no mechanical symptoms such as locking, you don't need surgery.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How should I determine if I need surgery for a meniscus tear?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
See a surgeon: An orthopedic surgeon can evaluate your injury and help you decide whether surgery is indicated.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is surgery needed for a cleavage tear of the meniscus?

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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Generally yes.: Those types of tears generally do not heal themselves, and do require surgery.
A 17-year-old male asked:

Does a meniscus tear require surgery?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: The meniscus tear require surgery.

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