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Complications After Meniscus Surgery
Swelling: Swelling or fluid in the knee is most common minor complication after meniscus surgery. Its easily drained by your surgeon. Other complications are recurrent tearing of the meniscus, persistent pain, infection, bleeding, joint stiffness or loss or range of motion, and damage to neurovascular structures are remotely possible. Some of these complications may require addition surgery. Overall, meniscus surgery has a very high success rate. ...Read more
Had surgery 5 mo ago for meniscus tear. Still having complications - should doc order MRI or continue with injections such as cortisone & euflexxa?
Knee Problems : You mention that you had meniscus surgery, but also note that you have had cortisone and euflexxa injections. Why ? At age 35 you are young to have degenerative changes. Complications covers a lot of things and usually implies that things didn't go as planned. If you have pre-existing arthritis then you are going to need to deal with that. Are you overweight? Really we need more information. ...Read more
Improvement: Depending on the type of tear you have, your doctor will elect to remove the torn meniscus or fix it. If it is removed then your recovery should be quick-back to sports within a couple of weeks. If you have it repaired then you are looking at 6 weeks of walking with a brace on then a dedicated pt protocol that would get you back to high level activities around 4-6 months. ...Read more
Meniscus Surgery: Meniscus surgery is usually done arthroscopically, meaning that small portals are used to enter the knee. The knee is filled with fluid. Small instruments along with a camera are used to get to the meniscus tear. It is then either repaired with stitches or trimmed. Only the diseased meniscus would be trimmed. All of the good meniscus would be left to continue providing cushion for the knee. ...Read more
Meniscus : Talk to your surgeon. This depends on what type of work you do. Not un common to go back to more sedentary work within a day or two, while more aggressive employment may take a few weeks. ...Read more
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. Post-op rehab will concentrate on motion, & quad strength. ...Read more
? stem cells:
Perhaps stem cell rx
look up the regenexx clinic in colorado (you can find the web site on google)
they are doing such things but it is very unlikely to be covered by ins. ...Read more
Arthroscopy can help: Meniscal tears that are symptomatic, whereby pain and mechanical symptoms of catching and painful giving way of the knee persists despite adequate rest, therapy, icing and potential use of NSAIDS (Motrin, etc.), often require arthroscopic surgery to either repair or debride (akin to trimming a hang nail back to a smooth rim) the tron portion of the meniscus. ...Read more
Tear?: Most meniscal surgeries are performed arthroscopically. The torn edges are usually shaved away and made smooth. If the tear is large they may repair it but this is not common since the meniscus does not heal well. ...Read more
Post operative: Just answered your previous question entirely depends on how much remains and your activity 1week post operative doubtful you have done anything to retear. ...Read more
Does having a displaced meniscus mean that i will need surgery to fix it? How did it get displaced?
Most likely, yes: A "displaced meniscu"s really means a displaced meniscus tear. Displacement cannot really happen without the meniscus having been torn. Usually the meniscus tears in the "white zone:, called so because it lacks a blood supply and therefore cannot heal. Occasional, ly , tears occur in the "red zone" and can be sewn together; time is of the essence in the repair of "red zone" tears. ...Read more
How is a displaced meniscus diagnosed? How can it be displaced ? Please explain? I had surgery and apparently it was displaced after surgery how?
Orthopedic surgeon: It is not always necessary to have surgery for a torn meniscus as they are quite commonly found in many people who have no symptoms. However at your young age an untreated torn meniscus can lead to other knee issues at a later time. Accordingly you should take the advice of a skilled orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Few: This is the most commonly performed ortho surgery. Risks include bleeding, pain, infection, damage to nerves (specifically the saphenous) and blood vessels, worsening arthritis down the road if part of the meniscus must be removed, failure of a repair to heal, chance of recurrent tear, failure of pain to resolve. These are all very infrequent and this is typically a very safe procedure. ...Read more