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What is the definition or description of: torn meniscus?

What is the definition or description of: torn meniscus?

Torn cartilage: 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 need surgery to fix. ...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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Are there any side effects from surgery to repair a torn meniscus?

Are there any side effects from surgery to repair a torn  meniscus?

No realy: Repair of the meniscus help the joint stay healthy avoid arthritis in the future. The only side effect the side effects from the procedure itself, all surgeries have potential complications. ...Read more

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I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus about a year ago, and my knee still hurts if I am active for too long. Shouldn't it be healed by now? Or is there another problem?

I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus about a year ago, and my knee still hurts if I am active for too long. Shouldn't it be healed by now? Or is there another problem?

May just be arthriti: Its common to have articular cartilage wear in the knee called osteoarthritis. Meniscus pain is sharp & acute, common with twisting and squatting. Arthritis pain is usually a dull achey pain with first getting up, after long periods of activity, at night at the end of along day, with stair climbing, rising and sitting, getting on and off the toilet. Xray shows space lose. See you doc try injection. ...Read more

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Should the swelling be gone? I had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 2 weeks ago, and my knee is still swollen at times. Is that something I should be concerned about?

It : It will usually take a few weeks for the swelling to subside. If you have some arthritis as well as a meniscus tear it can take longer for the fluid in your knee to be absorbed. At two weeks post-operation i would not be too worried about having an occasionally swollen knee. ...Read more

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About to have 2nd torn meniscus surgery... Is a repair or removal better and why does this keep happening. Only 24 and never had accident or injury?

About to have 2nd torn meniscus surgery... Is a repair or removal better and why does this keep happening. Only 24 and never had accident or injury?

Repair if possible: Only certain types of tears (peripheral around the rim) are repairable. Results are somewhat age dependent younger better than older people have better results. Partial meniscectomy still has a chance of increased arthritis in the long run. Joe dimaggio ripped his meniscus standing up on a bus so there doesn't have to be result of an accident. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a torn meniscus for last 4 years .. I want to repair it naturally ... Without surgery ... I feel pain all the time ..

No: It is very rare for a meniscus to heal without intervention. It really depends on where the tear is. If it is peripheral, it can be sewn together if at the time of surgery it looks like an appropriate option. These choices really are made in surgery. Some will advocate injecting prp into the tear but there is mixed information on this. If you have had this for 4 years, i doubt it will ever heal. ...Read more

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Is it common for my knee to still pop a week after surgery repair of a torn meniscus?

Is it common for my knee to still pop a week after surgery repair of a torn meniscus?

Yes: This is common after this type of surgery. Popping that causes no pain is benign and can be ignored. Sometimes "popping" originating at the knee cap is due to muscle atrophy and improper tracking...This will get better with physical therapy. If you have concerns contact your surgeon. ...Read more

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Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery. Is an upright or recumbent bike better?

Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus.  It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery.  Is an upright or recumbent bike better?

Start recumbent: Using an upright bike will put more pressure on your knee while it is healing and is not recommended, while a recumbent bike has less pressure and helps to keep range of motion of joint and maintain muscle tone. So, start with recumbent bike after surgery. When the knee is feeling better and stronger, then you can shift to an upright bike. ...Read more

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