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How long do you have to avoid driving after meniscus tear surgery?

How long do you have to avoid driving after meniscus tear surgery?

Right side or left?: If it is your left knee, you can probably drive very shortly after surgery as long as you are not taking narcotic. If it is your right knee, it will be at least a week before you can drive, as it would be risky to have to hit the break too soon after surgery, and you would be a risk to yourself and everyone else on the road. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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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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How severe does meniscus tear need to be to need surgery?

How severe does meniscus tear need to be to need surgery?

Painful: To operate on a torn meniscus, the patient must have symptoms enough to interfere with activities. Patients without problems shouldn't have surgery just because an MRI says there is a meniscus tear. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after surgery for meniscus tear?

What is the recovery time after surgery for meniscus tear?

Repair vs removal: This procedure is completed arthroscopically. You may have a meniscus repair or a partial menisectomy (removal). The repair is ideal, if possible, for preventing arthritic changes, but requires a longer recovery time. In either case recovery is relatively quick; you may start ambulating as tolerated post-op with a debridement. Post-op rehab will concentrate on motion, & quad strength. ...Read more

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How should I determine if I need surgery for a meniscus tear?

How should I determine if I need surgery for a meniscus tear?

Pain/catching= surg: Not all meniscal tears require surgery, but most do. The presence of pain, swelling and mechanical symptoms (catching or locking of knee) are common signs and symptoms that wil indicate a meniscus tear for surgery. ...Read more

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How long after surgery for a meniscus tear will i be able to drive again?

How long after surgery for a meniscus tear will i be able to drive again?

Meniscus tear: Driving following a routine knee arthroscopy that involves the right knee may take up to 2 weeks. For the left knee about one week after surgery. Patient must not be taking narcotics when driving! ...Read more

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What could you eat or do for a meniscus tear to heal faster after surgery?

What could you eat or do for a meniscus tear to heal faster after surgery?

Nothing U can eat-: -but I would advise you 2 avoid NSAIDS, as the inflammatory reaction is needed 2 promote healing. It is very important 2 avoid them in fracture healing. For example, with total joint replacements NSAIDS R given 2 prevent calcium 2 B deposited in the peri operative field. ...Read more

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What to do if i had a partial meniscus tear, does it heal over time without surgery?

What to do if i had a partial meniscus tear, does it heal over time without surgery?

Meniscal tears: The meniscus will not heal itself, though it is possible to be asymptomatic with a meniscus tear. Typically surgical intervention is appropriate unless there is excessive osteoarthritis. Seeing an orthopedic physician will better determine your appropriate course of treatment. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from keyhole surgery on a meniscus tear ?

Repair vs debride?: A meniscus repair mandates a slower rehabilittion that allows the necessary biology of healing ot occur else the repair will fail. A meniscal debridement is more likely for most tears an affords a rapid rehabiltation with immediate advancement of motion and weight bearing to full as sson as you can tolerated both. Work (desk) is usally ok after several days to a week. ...Read more