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A 44-year-old male asked:

I am experiencing stiff knee pain, left knee giveaways i did an mri on both knees i have meniscus tear in both knees first do i have to do the operation? i did two acl surgeries in left knee can i do it in both knee in same day what recovery period

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hamsa Jayaraj
Internal Medicine 55 years experience
Orthopedic consult: You had 2 left knee ACL surgeries & now left knee givesway. Try to pick non surgical treatments.- physiotherapy & injections in to the joints can be tried
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Dr. Lori Lange
Dr. Lori Lange commented
Specializes in Family Medicine
Could use a knee brace from pharmacy to give your knee extra support while it recovers. Just another non-surgical consideration. Will help prevent the knee from giving way.
Jul 8, 2018
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
PT does not have a place here, nor braces. It’s an internal problem like a bad transmission, needs to be fixed surgically. A torn meniscus does not heal.
Jul 14, 2018
Dr. Keith Johnson
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Arthritis : Given age, 2 prior ACL reconstructions, & current symptoms, you likely have traumatic arthritis. The status of your ACL graft, type of meniscus tear, & severity of arthritis will determine the treatment recs. To answer your Q: you never HAVE to have surgery, & both knees can be scoped simultaneously. BUT I agree - try PT, ACL brace, injections, and anti inflammatories before considering a 3rd sx
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
The symptoms are due to the menisci, & is not due to ACL, there may be some instability, but with the torn menisci, this needs to be addressed surgically, & @ that time the ACL grafts and instability can be evaluated,& give information to come up with a plan of care to be done later.
Jul 14, 2018
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