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A small ACL tear and a flipped meniscus? Is surgery needed?

A small ACL tear and a flipped meniscus? Is surgery needed?

Usually: It depends on your age, the physical exam findings, degree of degenerative changes on xray, and your activity level. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Pearle
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Acl Tear (Definition)

A ligament connects bone to bone. so if you have a torn ACL, there result is instability between the two bones that ...Read more


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Acl tear vs.A meniscus tear which is worse ? Which is worse an ACL tear or a meniscus tear ? What is the difference in recovery time after surgery and pain after ?

Acl tear vs.A meniscus tear which is worse ? Which is worse an ACL tear or a meniscus tear ? What is the difference in recovery time after surgery and pain after ?

An ACL tear is: Typically worse than a meniscus tear and often they occur together. Acl surgery requires reconstruction of the cruciate ligament using a harvested graft from your patellar tendon or your hamstring most commonly. Recovery can be upwards of 6-8 months. Meniscus tears require brief outpatient surgery to trim out the torn portion and recovery is 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What is usually done for a ACL tear? And does it heal one its own without surgery? Can a piece of meniscus get stuck under the patella?

What is usually done for a ACL tear? And does it heal one its own without surgery? Can a piece of meniscus get stuck under the patella?

Usually surgery.: Surgery is usually recommended for an ACL tear. It generally does not heal on its own, and leaves the knee vulnerable to episodes of instability. Sometimes a stump of the old ACL can get stuck under the patella. ...Read more

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Is it painful to have surgery for an ACL tear or mensicus tear?

Is it painful to have surgery for an ACL tear or mensicus tear?

Variable: Pain after an acl reconstruction is quite variable, and can depend on the technique, time in surgery, and graft choices. The actual acl reconstruction done with an all-inside technique in 30 minutes or less has very low pain levels, and many patients are able to walk within days of surgery. Techniques vary as do pain levels. Donating your own graft is much more painful than the acl reconstruction. ...Read more

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What can I do about a small ACL tear and a flipped meniscus?

What can I do about a small ACL tear and a flipped meniscus?

Lots of options: Sometimes it can be as easy as leaving it alone and doing some exercises to help the knee joint unload. Other times it might involve surgery. I would see an orthopedic surgeon to assess your status. There have been some recent advances in the stem cell therapy that might be helpful in healing the tear rather than cutting it out in surgery. Look into Regenexx.Com for the stem cell repair for ACL ...Read more

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Does a torn ACL and lateral meniscus require surgery?

Acl: Yes. These injuries require surgery especially if the meniscus tear is causing pain or your knee to lock up. ...Read more

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I have a torn ACL and lateral meniscus does it require surgery?

Yes: Generally yes. Neither a torn meniscus nor an acl tear will heal itself. Surgical trim or repair of the meniscus will likely improve your pain. Acl reconstructions are done at all ages in active individuals. It is not mandatory to fix the acl, but the knee will remain somewhat unstable which can lead to future injuries. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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I have a torn ACL & Meniscus. Is surgery the only option.

I have a torn ACL & Meniscus. Is surgery the only option.

Not the only option: Some patients can recovery fairly well with nonoperative treatment with aggressive PT/rehab and a brace. However, there is risk that the meniscus can tear further, lock the knee joint and create continued pain. Also, without the ACL the knee can remain unstable, further increasing risk to the meniscus. If I can be of help, then join my care team & virtual practice at healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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I had hole in meniscus and torn ACL had surgery 4 years ago I felt worse after surgery. Pain is bad still poping locks up I fell and think I re injur?

I had hole in meniscus and torn ACL had surgery 4 years ago I felt worse after surgery. Pain is bad still poping locks up I fell and think I re injur?

Knee injury: The only way to find out what is going on is to go see your orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation. You may need a knee MRI as well. ...Read more

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Hi i recently had surgery to repair a torn ACL and remove my meniscus on feb 14th. Still have swelling and tightness. Should i be worried?

Hi i recently had surgery to repair a torn ACL and remove my meniscus on feb 14th.  Still have swelling and tightness.  Should i be worried?

NO: You are still i the early stages of recovery from the surgery you described. With time and physical therapy the symptoms should resolve .It cqan take a good 3-6 months to recover fully. ...Read more

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My daughter had surgery to repair a torn ACL and meniscus last Thursday. The swelling in her foot has Progressively gotten worse with pain. What to do

She needs to be seen: The symptoms you have described suggest a possible infection that may be developing- increased swelling and increasing pain suggests that you should call her doctor and have her seen as soon as possible. Using Advil and Tylenol (acetaminophen) will only mask the symptoms and delay diagnosis. ...Read more

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Injured knee dec 2013 X-rays and MRI of April 2014. PT until September, different doctor said torn acl and meniscus, did surgery to repair after months of Pt still in pain. Did steroid shot in May 2015. Now there is a grinding feeling in knee ?

Injured knee dec 2013 X-rays and MRI of April 2014. PT until September, different doctor said torn acl and meniscus, did surgery to repair after months of Pt still in pain. Did steroid shot in May 2015. Now there is a grinding feeling in knee ?

See knee doctor: you might need to see a knee doctor for evaluation and possible repeat MRI,to see what is causing these sounds. Meanwhile improved your thigh muscles by exercise that will take the pressure off the bone or the ligament ...Read more

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What to do if I have partial ACL tear n meniscus ?

How do you feel ?: Partial acl tears generally do well with therapy. Meniscus tears may also do well but it depends on your symptoms, tear size/pattern, and several other factors. I generally go the conservative route first in most patients but some i do rec surgery first, such those with locked knees, complete acl tears and young athletes ...Read more

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Grade 3 tear posterior horn medical meniscus and ACL tear, what to do?

Grade 3 tear posterior horn medical meniscus and ACL tear, what to do?

Surgery.: See an orthopedic sports medicine knee specialist, who will m ost likely recommend surgery for your issue. ...Read more

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Grade 3 tear posterior horn medical meniscus and also ACL tear, what to do?

You need surgery. : Young people with an acl tear and meniscus injury are at risk for further knee injury and damage with loss of function without surgery. Surgery consists of arthroscopic acl reconstruction and menisectomy versus meniscus repair. Typically it should be done by a fellowship trained sports medicine otthopaedist. ...Read more

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How to treat a grade 3 tear posterior horn medial meniscus and an ACL tear?

ACL reconstruction: When they do reconstruction they will either take out the torn posterior horn or repair it if that needed. ...Read more

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How long is a grade 1 ACL tear and a strained LCL recovery My PT guy thinks its a grade 1 ACL tear strained LCL and maybe PCL and meniscus strain.

See ORS: Don't know the mechanism of your injury but you need to see a good orthopedist. If you haven't torn your ACL or meniscus you are going to be fine . LCL strains heal on their own when mild. A good examination by a board certified orthopedist will tell u what's up... PT's are great but they are not physicians... See your ORS! Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Hello sir , im suffering from a knee pain, instability in walking.Its partial ACL tear, with grade 1 signal in posterior horn of medial meniscus?

Hello sir , im suffering from a knee pain, instability in walking.Its partial ACL tear, with grade 1 signal in posterior horn of medial meniscus?

See doctor: If you are feeling acute knee pain, and instability in walking, this needs to be looked at more closely by a physician, and evaluated further. You seem to know the diagnosis, and your doctor must've discussed your prognosis, and treatment. Depending on the size of the tear will determine your healing rate. You may need pt too, and wear an ace knee support. Your doctor knows best. ...Read more

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Acl tear, p.Horn of m.Meniscus tear, early chondromalacia.Nopain during passive extension but pain extending knee for last 15 degrees against gravity?

Uncertain: If you are experiencing these symptoms from recent injury, old injury, post operative repair, or non-surgical physical therapy. Acute acl injuries in your age group are usually treated surgically while the thinking regarding meniscus repair is in flux between surgical and non surgical. Older or post operative symptoms may require different approaches. Call an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I have an acl tear and meniscus tear I'm waiting to see a doctor after being put in a brace my ankle is swelling should I be worried?

I have an acl tear and meniscus tear I'm waiting to see a doctor after being put in a brace my ankle is swelling should I be worried?

Knee injuries: If the knee injury is recent (within 2 weeks), the ankle swelling is likely the result of the injury to the lower extremity itself. This is especially true if you are not elevating the extremity regularly. Gravity will pull the fluid into the foot/ankle over time. 2-3 weeks after injury, the swelling should start to improve, but may take longer of you remain on your feet most of the day ...Read more

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I'm a dancer.Have knee pain since 1yr.Initial mri-grade 1 intrasubstance ACL tear.Recent MRI -mucoid degeneration in medial meniscus.A 2nd damage?

MRI report : This is an MRI report; see your orthopedic surgeon for clinical correlation. Your knee pain may not be related to these MRI findings( i.e.U may have tendinitis).Injuries to the meniscus and acl in your age group are usually clinically obvious on exam. Grade 1 signal in a meniscus is usually a normal finding and mucin outs degeneration would be rare in a 24 yr. Old. Good luck! ...Read more

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I fell and have a near complete tear of my ACL and have tear to my medial and lateral meniscus. I have surgery next week. What should I expect?

Moderate pain: Depends on how much surgery is to be done. Meniscus only is less complex. Acl reconstruction is more extensive. Usually done as outpatient. Physical therapy as soon as you are able. ...Read more

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Should i get surgery after tearing my ACL and meniscus? From whom?

Should i get surgery after tearing my ACL and meniscus? From whom?

YES: If you are near normal weight and active, especially if participating in sports such as basketball, volleyball, softball, hiking, skiing... Then you need a stable knee and the meniscus should be repaired (if possible). See a fellowship trained ortho sports medicine specialist who does a minimum of 50 per year. ...Read more

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5 wks into recovery of acl/meniscus tear surgery, I am still taking pain medicine. Is this normal?

5 wks into recovery of acl/meniscus tear surgery, I am still taking pain medicine.  Is this normal?

Common, but: It's good that you are thinking ahead about how to handle long-term pain control w/out risk of addiction and other medical damage from over-use of opiates, etc. Discuss plans for pain management w/ the surgeon and/or your PCP. Consider your own search if they seem less helpful than you'd hope. Health psychologists can teach hypnosis and other techniques. Other possibilities too. ...Read more

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Im 45, complete tear in my ACL partial tear in my MCL and meniscus, waiting for surgery , to know what is the recovery time after surgery n do i need ?

Varies: The recovery time for a standard ACL is usually 6-12 months, however, that will vary based on physical demand, overall general health, and fitness goals. Speak to your surgeon about this. S/he will have more insight in providing you personalized care. ...Read more

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I have a ruptured ACL and a tear in my meniscus, in 18 years old is surgery the best option for me ?

I have a ruptured ACL and a tear in my meniscus, in 18 years old is surgery the best option for me ?

ACL deficiency : Although some patients do well, this is rare. Without acl reconstruction you can expect instability particularly with decending stairs or turning quickly from side to side. Long term acl deficiency ultimately will end up with severe osteoarthritis in 15-20 years. In the interim, meniscus tears (cartilage"shock absorbers" in the knee) are more likely. ...Read more