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How long is it supposed to it take for a minor meniscus tear to heal?

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Dr. Tal David
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Meniscus tears: Most meniscus tears do not heal. Minor or major, the problem with the meniscus is that it is an avascular fibrous remnant and doesn't have a blood supply to allow it to heal.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Depends.: Most meniscal tears cannot heal themselves. See a fellowship trained sports medicine knee surgeon, to see if you require arthroscopic surgery.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long can it take for a damaged meniscus to heal?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 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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