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Does a tear in the knee cartilage always need to be fixed surgically?

Does a tear in the knee cartilage always need to be fixed surgically?

Commonly- not always: Symptomatic cartilage lesions within the knee that cause pain, swelling, loss of motion, weakness, or locking do eventually require surgery. Cartilage tears that are not symptomatic do not require surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Cartilage (Definition)

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


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Can an undersurface tear of the supraspinatus tendon be seen visually using arthroscopy and if so can it also be repaired arthroscopicaly?

Can an undersurface tear of the supraspinatus tendon be seen visually using arthroscopy and if so can it also be repaired  arthroscopicaly?

If no a full tear...: ...only fraying, it is usually just shaved to smooth it out. if it 50%or larger depending on what it looks like , it most likely will B repaired. ...Read more

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Cyst in knee when will it be necessary to havepartial or whole knee replacement?

Cyst in knee when will it be necessary to havepartial or whole knee replacement?

Orthopedics: A cyst behind the knee often referred to as a bakers cyst is not often a cause for knee replacement. Cysts may cause pain/discomfort but are usually treated conservatively with nsaids (ibuprofen/naproxen). ...Read more

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Can a large tear in the elbow tendon need to be surgically repaired or casted. Arthritis has now set it and a bone spur has appeared on the epicondyle?

Can a large tear in the elbow tendon need to be surgically repaired or casted. Arthritis has now set it and a bone spur has appeared on the epicondyle?

Maybe.: It depends on which tendon is involved and if it is complete. Additionally, your level of function required at work and/or for avocational activities is an important consideration. However, the tendon repair will not change the arthritis. ...Read more

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If you have a torn meniscus, which is the cartilage in your knee, do you need to get surgery to fix it?

If you have a torn meniscus, which is the cartilage in your knee, do you need to get surgery to fix it?

Not always: Pain from meniscal tears often settle down with therapy. Surgery only needed for continues pain or locking of the knee. ...Read more

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If the knee hurts with a medial mensicus displacement should you have surgery to fix the displacement?

If the knee hurts with a medial mensicus displacement should you have surgery to fix the displacement?

Yes: The pain you have means there is problem in the the knee beside MRI if it is positive for displacement you should have thesurgery.Good luck.Thank you. ...Read more

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When a orthopedic surgeon does surgery do they look under the patella? What causes locking and giving way of the knee joint? Could this be meniscus

When a orthopedic surgeon does surgery do they look under the patella? What causes locking and giving way of the knee joint? Could this be meniscus

Yes: In an arthroscopic knee surgery the undersurface if the patella is routinely checked as are the medial and lateral meniscus, the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, and the articular surfaces of the femur and tibia. ...Read more

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I have to have reconstructive hip surgery soon to repair a labrum tear, re build cartilage and remove an osteophyte. What does all this involve?

I have to have reconstructive hip surgery soon to repair a labrum tear, re build cartilage and remove an osteophyte. What  does all this involve?

Arthroscopic surgery: Sounds as if they are planning to repair your torn labrum, remove bone spur and repair cartilage. This can be done thru several small incisions, outpatient taking a couple of hours . This allows the repairs to be done without dislocating the hip joint. ...Read more

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How is a displaced meniscus tear from its attachment of the rim of the knee structure fixed? Please explain or can it be fixed?

How is a displaced meniscus tear from its attachment of the rim of the knee structure fixed? Please explain or can it be fixed?

Arthroscopy: His be treated sometimes with physical therapy. If that fails, arthroscopy is the treatment. It is minimally invasive and can be described by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Are ligament tear in the knee shown on a mri? Do they need to be operated on to fix the tear?

Yes: Mir is the best way to look at ligaments. Treatment depends on what ligament is torn and how severely it is torn.Some tears require surgery while others are treated conservatively. ...Read more

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What can be done for a full thickness meniscal tear in the knee?

What can be done for a full thickness meniscal tear in the knee?

May need Surgery : this may need surgery you need to see a knee specialist orthopedic ...Read more

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How is a displace superior displaced meniscus repaired? Or can it be repaired? Is that is what is cause my knee to lock and click with pain?

How is a displace superior displaced meniscus repaired? Or can it be repaired? Is that is what is cause my knee to lock and click with pain?

Meniscus tears: In individuals above the age of 20 or so are typically not repairable and often require partial excision. This often takes care of any pain, swelling and discomfort. Yes it is what is causing your pain. See an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Does a displaced meniscal root cause locking of the knee when you try to straighten the leg? Is surgery the only option to fix a displacement?

Does a displaced meniscal root cause locking of the knee when you try to straighten the leg? Is surgery the only option to fix a displacement?

Yes: A torn meniscus can cause the knee to lock. Most will require surgical evaluation. Some may be amenable to rehabilitation depending on the severity and location of the tear. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for your to cruciate knee ligament repair itself?

Can it be possible for your to cruciate knee ligament repair itself?

Generally not.: Almost always, the cruciate ligaments in the knee do not heal themselves. There are rare exceptions to this. You should see a sports medicine orthopedic knee specialist, who could me more specific after examining you. ...Read more

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What does a displacement of the meniscus root mean? Is a ACL sprain considered a tear? Unable to straighten knee could it be patella femoral pain?

What does a displacement of the meniscus root mean? Is a ACL sprain considered a tear? Unable to straighten knee could it be patella femoral pain?

Knee issues: Root of the meniscus is the part which attaches to the bone, if it is displaced then it is probably torn,.Yes Acl sprain indicates a partial tear of some of the millions of fibers can that make up the entire Acl ligament. Inability to straighten ones knee completely has many reasons. If you have a recent onset of that u need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What can be done about a tear in your meniscus in the knee?

What can be done about a tear in your meniscus in the knee?

Surgery: Surgery is indicated, and depending on the location of the tear and the quality of the tissue, a repair or a meniscectomy (removal of the torn portion) is indicated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tear your meniscus in the knee?

Is it possible to tear your meniscus in the knee?

Yes: Unfortunately, we can tear the meniscal cartilage in the knee. In younger patients, this is usually the result of significant trauma, such as a sports injury. As we age, sometime a patient can tear the cartilage with minimal trauma or a twisting injury to the knee. Some patients cannot remember the exact injury to the knee, since at the time the injury did not seem significant. ...Read more

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