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Doctor insights on: Complications After Meniscus Surgery

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I just had meniscus surgery. What could be complications that arise from it?

I just had meniscus surgery. What could be complications that arise from it?

Usually few: There are a few minor complications. Swelling is very common, usually a 1-2 % chance of infection. A DVT or blood clot in the calf may also occur. This presents with aswelling and pain in the calf.

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What are common meniscus surgery complications?

What are common meniscus surgery complications?

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.

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Had surgery 5 mo ago for meniscus tear. Still having complications - should doc order MRI or continue with injections such as cortisone & euflexxa?

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.

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What are the benefits of meniscus surgery?

What are the benefits of meniscus surgery?

Many: If you have a meniscus tear that has is symptomatic, i.e. Pain, swelling, locking up or catching, or causing your knee to give way then surgery is a great option to remove the torn meniscus making it stable and getting you back to symptom free function.

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What amount would a meniscus surgery cost?

What amount would a meniscus surgery cost?

Tough to answer...: In the usa orthopaedic surgeons fees for that procedure are typically around $800. The expensive part of the surgery is the hospital cost, anesthesia, etc. And it can be substantial i.e. greater than $8k if you don't have insurance.

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How long is recovery after meniscus surgery?

Only your surgeon: Can tell you what is best for you. We do not know the important details such as your weight, level of fitness, degree of injury to your meniscus, etc.

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What can I expect after a meniscus surgery?

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.

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I have meniscus pain is surgery a good option?

I have meniscus pain is surgery a good option?

This requires: A comprehensive medical history, physical examination of the knee and radiographic studies to know if the meniscal problem makes you a surgical candidate or not. Take care.

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What is meniscus surgery like? What can I expect?

What is meniscus surgery like? What can I expect?

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.

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How can I recover quickly from a meniscus surgery?

Meniscal healing: Follow your surgeons instructions. Do not aggravate it by trying to run or walk too much too early. If it was a simple meniscal shaving, moving your knee is beneficial. Good nutrition and sleep are important as well.

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When can I go back to work after meniscus surgery?

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.

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Is surgery needed for a cleavage tear of the meniscus?

Is surgery needed for a cleavage tear of the meniscus?

Generally yes.: Those types of tears generally do not heal themselves, and do require surgery.

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I have a meniscus. Would be better if I do the surgery?

Family practice: Do you mean a torn meniscus? You would need to see an orthopedist to give the options. You are young. Depends how active you are, what sports you will be envolved in. Many times they will wait if ligaments are intact until your knee locks or in pain.

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What is the average recovery time for meniscus surgery?

What is the average recovery time for meniscus surgery?

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.

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Can you tell me how long to wait for a meniscus surgery?

Depends: Many factors are involved. Surgery is indicated when significant symptoms are present and the symptoms have not improved to an acceptable level through conservative treatment.

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What to do in meniscus torn I don't want to go for surgery?

What to do in meniscus torn I don't want to go for surgery?

? 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.

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I might have torn my meniscus so will I need surgery to fix it?

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.