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what are the benefits of meniscus surgery?

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Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 15 years experience
Many: If you have a meniscus tear that has is symptomatic, i.e. Pain, swelling, locking up or catching, or causing your knee to give way then surgery is a great option to remove the torn meniscus making it stable and getting you back to symptom free function.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are common meniscus surgery complications?

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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
Sports Medicine 26 years experience
Swelling: Swelling or fluid in the knee is most common minor complication after meniscus surgery. Its easily drained by your surgeon. Other complications are recurrent tearing of the meniscus, persistent pain, infection, bleeding, joint stiffness or loss or range of motion, and damage to neurovascular structures are remotely possible. Some of these complications may require addition surgery. Overall, meniscus surgery has a very high success rate.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can I expect after a meniscus surgery?

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Dr. Ryan Pflugner
Sports Medicine 15 years experience
Improvement: Depending on the type of tear you have, your doctor will elect to remove the torn meniscus or fix it. If it is removed then your recovery should be quick-back to sports within a couple of weeks. If you have it repaired then you are looking at 6 weeks of walking with a brace on then a dedicated pt protocol that would get you back to high level activities around 4-6 months.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

Can you tear your meniscus again after a surgery and if you do how can you tell?

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Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Post operative: Just answered your previous question entirely depends on how much remains and your activity 1week post operative doubtful you have done anything to retear.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how long to wait for a meniscus surgery?

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Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Depends: Many factors are involved. Surgery is indicated when significant symptoms are present and the symptoms have not improved to an acceptable level through conservative treatment.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What is the average recovery time for meniscus surgery?

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Repair vs removal: This procedure is completed arthroscopically. You may have a meniscus repair or a partial menisectomy (removal). The repair is ideal, if possible, for preventing arthritic changes, but requires a longer recovery time. In either case recovery is relatively quick. Post-op rehab will concentrate on motion, & quad strength.

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