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Doctor insights on: How Common Is It To Retear Meniscus

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How common is it to tear your meniscus when part of it has already been removed?

How common is it to tear your meniscus when part of it has already been removed?

Rare but can occur: The goal of partial meniscectomy is to negate the symptoms of pain, catching and swelling that are common with a torn meniscus. When a portion of meniscus is removed, there is less left to possibly tear again, so it makes sense that retear becomes less likely. A partially respected meniscus, however, may still have remnants of less than normal tissue that can be susceptible to retear. ...Read more

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Can you easily retear your meniscus after an operation?

Can you easily retear your meniscus after an operation?

meniscus tear: Usually not, but certainly more common with more 'vulnerable' tears such as in older patients with degenerative arthritis and degenerative meniscus tears. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Which type of meniscus tear is more common, a repairable tear that requires suturing or a tear with shredded pieces of meniscus that's beyond repair?

Depends: At your age with a trauma to knee it would be more likeky a "clean tear". Shredded as you describe are a lot more consistent w wear and tear... ...Read more

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Is it possible to retear a meniscus only a week after surgery.I havent felt any pain, but just recently i have pain in the same spot as b4 the surgery?

Is it possible to retear a meniscus only a week after surgery.I havent felt any pain, but just recently i have pain in the same spot as b4 the surgery?

Possible: Its possible you could have re-torn something, but more likely you just strained the knee as you began to use it more. Apply a towel and ice to the joint, slow down your activity for a day or 2, and take whatever you were given for pain. If it's no better, see your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it common for meniscus tears to hurt on and off ? And too hurt on backside of knee ?

Is it common for meniscus tears to hurt on and off ? And too hurt on backside of knee ?

Possible: Meniscus tears can wax and wane depending on the type of tear and the type and amount of loading and activity. If it is locking or catching, you may be causing more damage to your knee and it should be cgecjed ...Read more

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Is having a diagnostic arthroscope of the knee common a procedure? Can instability of the knee be a meniscus problem? It hurts to flex the knee

Is having a diagnostic arthroscope of the knee common a  procedure?  Can instability of the knee be a meniscus problem?  It hurts to flex the knee

Let me explain: Through the arthroscope, a final diagnosis is made, which may be more accurate than through "open" surgery or from x-ray studies. The instability of the knee could come from meniscal injuries and other problem in the knee. ...Read more

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Is foot swelling common with a torn meniscus?

Unusual: Foot swelling is not common with a torn meniscus. If the is significant swelling of you foot then you should see you pcp and have him evaluate your for other problems in the extremity. ...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