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Does A Tear In The Knee Cartilage Always Need To Be Fixed Surgically
Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more
I had a surgery to treat a tear in my r knee cartilage 10 months ago but it still pains and discomforts and it bumps to the front at times when i walk?
Re-evaluate: Loose bodies may have been removed, but a remaining menus cal segment may have become detached. May need another scope. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on what is wrong with your knee cartilage, what needs to be done, your overall physical condition, and your functional needs. Not all problems require surgery and not all surgery turns out as expected. An MRI can usually demonstrate exactly what is wrong with your knee and those results are then used to determine the procedure that would best fix your problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually several wks: Simply debriding torn/injured tissue admitedly allows for more rapid rehabiltation and recovery (1-6 wks). The analogy is one's reaction to a deep splinter removal: once the offending agent is removed, the root of acute pain is gone, and only minimal healing from the injury to the surrounding tissue remains. Repair/replaceme of cartilage can entail a prolonged (months) course of recovery, however. ...Read more
I a 81 yrs old and have knee cartilage damage . I am a diabetic and because of this and my age, my doctor does not recommend surgery. ?
Conservative care: There are many conservative pathways that can be tried before surgery however, if these fail you may be a candidate for surgery of your general health allows it. ...Read more
Low impact exercises: Low impact exercises are generally a good idea when one is suffering from knee injuries. Riding a stationary bike, elliptical machines, or swimming are exercises that will help strengthen the muscles around the knee without causing significant discomfort. Avoid squats or lunges. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've a small tear in my meniscus + defect in knee cartilage i'm 52 and in great shape. What exactly are my option? Any new reliable procedures?
It depends: Based on the tone of your question, i assume you mean surgical options. If not, non-op choices are the first step. If you mean surgical options, most small meniscus tears in your age group are cleaned up, ie not repairable. The options for the cartilage defect depend greatly on the exact site of the defect. Options include debridement, microfracture, or regenerative options such as aci. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there any implants or substances that are injected into a knee cartilage after a meniscus tear repair surgery? Mine feels weak under pressure..
No: No there is not. It does take time for complete healing so give it 3-6 weeks after surgery to achieve a complete recovery. ...Read more
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