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How Common Is It To Retear Meniscus
Torn cartilage: In the knee joint there are two types of cartilage, articular cartilage and meniscal cartilage. The meniscus is a triangular shaped piece of fibro-cartilage that sits between the femur and tibia. The meniscus can tear as a result of injury or secondary degenerative changes that occur over time. Because the meniscus cartilage dies not have it's own blood supply, tears often need surgery to fix. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
I have a torn meniscus, an orreous structure, and a possible paramenial sist. What is the common treatment for such an injury? And how long is the recovery?
You did not mention: where your torn meniscus is, shoulder or knee? parameniscal cysts suggest the knee. I would trust that your orthopedic physician has recommendations for treatment, as injuries such as meniscal tears do not ever go away. They weaken your knee in a chronic way and do not typically heal on their own (like most cartilaginous injuries). Please see your orthopedic physician right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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