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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

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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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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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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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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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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Best treatments for an ACL and meniscus tear?

Surgery: If you are young and athletic, this should be fixed with surgery. ...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 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 saidĀ its 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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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

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