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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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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Torn Meniscus (Definition)

In the knee joint there are two types of cartilage, articular cartilage and meniscal cartilage. The meniscus is a triangular shaped piece of fibro-cartilage that sits between the femur and tibia. The meniscus can tear as a result of injury or secondary degenerative changes that occur over time. Because the meniscus cartilage dies not have it's own blood supply, tears often ...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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Acl and meniscus tear reconstruction cost?

Acl and meniscus tear reconstruction cost?

Tough to answer...: In the usa orthopaedic surgeons fees for that procedure are typically around $2000. The expensive part of the surgery is the hospital cost, anesthesia, etc. And it can be substantial ie >$20k if you don't have insurance. ...Read more

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ACL reconstructed with HS autograft 6 months ago. Last week it swelled up, i didn't feel any pain. Is it ACL failure or a meniscus tear?

Hard to say: Swelling in absence of pain or traumatic event could be any number of things but definitely less concerning than these same findings in assoc w/ pain or twisting re-injury to knee. If it persists for 10 days or more probably warrants re-evaluation by operating surgeon and if exam findings concerning probably repeat MRI to further evaluate. ...Read more

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Acl surgery about 15 months back, again 3 months meniscus tear on interior took MRI and doctor said it's ok to continue soccer, but pain n swelling?

Pain& swelling notok: If it is painful and swollen then something is not rigth and to cont to play on it is less than a good idea you should re discuss with your surgeon or seek another opinion. ...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?

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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How serious of an injury is a torn meniscus and pulled acl?

How serious of an injury is a torn meniscus and pulled acl?

Bad, you need fix it: More you wait the more fibrosis you will get the harder and dealy the healing. ...Read more

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I have a torn meniscus and acl. When should I be able to return to playing basketball?

Yes: If you have surgical reconstruction of your ACL and repair of your meniscus (if able), your chances to return to your prior level of activity (basketball) is very high (upwards of 90%). ...Read more

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Ruptured acl, torn meniscus, moderate MCL & bone contusions. Please help me!?

Ruptured acl, torn meniscus, moderate MCL & bone contusions. Please help me!?

ACL deficiency : 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

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Can a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus cause long term knee damage?

Can a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus cause long term knee damage?

Yes: Without surgical rx of both acl & meniscus. U r left with serious mechanical & instability issues in ur knee that will lead 2 wearing of the joint surfaces and arthritis early on. @ ur young age it needs to b fixed now. ...Read more

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Can my son 13 years old go at six flags in roller coaster after 3 months of torn meniscus and complete reconstruction ACL surgery? Thank you!

Can my son 13 years old go at six flags in roller coaster after 3 months of torn meniscus and complete reconstruction ACL surgery? Thank you!

Ask the orthopedic: Three months after knee surgery, he should be OK.
But it is better if you ask the orthopedic surgeon who is more aware of the extent of the injury, and the extent of the repair, and is more qualify to answer this question.
Again generally three month after knee surgery, usually the healing is complete, including any physical therapy associated with it ...Read more

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Is it possible to have both a torn meniscus and a torn acl? Have symptoms that match both. Is there a way to know w/o mri? No money for mri.

Is it possible to have both a torn meniscus and a torn acl? Have symptoms that match both.  Is there a way to know w/o mri?  No money for mri.

Torn meniscus/acl: Yes, you may have both. Unfortunately, it may be virtually impossible to diagnose both if present at the same time without further imaging. ...Read more

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Hi I have a ruptured acl, torn meniscus and PCL damage too. I spent 5 weeks in a cast, now 2nd week into physio. Will I require surgery? I'm 23 thanks

Hi I have a ruptured acl, torn meniscus and PCL damage too. I spent 5 weeks in a cast, now 2nd week into physio. Will I require surgery? I'm 23 thanks

ACL Reconstruction: Acl tears do not heal on their own & having it replaced can help you maintain a healthy/ active lifestyle in the years to come. The acl is a major knee stabalizer, and can provide security to your knee that may prevent further damage to nearby tendons, ligaments, muscles, articular cartilage, meniscus, & bones when compared to a "loose knee". ...Read more

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