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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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Is your meniscus weaker after part of it has been removed and easier to tear?

Is your meniscus weaker after part of it has been removed and easier to tear?

Not always.: The goal of arthroscopy for treating a meniscus tear is to remove the portion that is causing the symptoms (pain, swelling, & catching). The remaining meniscus is usually stable & less likely to retear because the unstable portion has been removed. A good analogy is trimming a hangnail to avoid propagation of the tear and prevention of further injury (except arthroscopy is performed under water). ...Read more

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My 2 year old brother has adenopathy. The wound was swollen and now is open, taking a long time to heal also he has lost sensitivity in the area, does not hurt. What is that and what is the best treat?

My 2 year old brother has adenopathy. The wound was swollen and now is open, taking a long time to heal also he has lost sensitivity in the area, does not hurt. What is that and what is the best treat?

Antibiotics: Adenopathy is enlargement of lymph nodes. If he ad a wound and a lymph node close tot he wound enlarged it might be infected. It is important he is examined by his physician because he might need antibiotics. A frequent cause of adenpathy in pediatrics is cat scratch disease. If he had contact with cats request a test for cat scratch disease. ...Read more

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I have a torn tendon on the bottom of my elbow plus cartilage and ligament damage which is very painful. How is it ever going to get better?

I have a torn tendon on the bottom of my elbow plus cartilage and ligament damage which is very painful. How is it ever going to get better?

Surgery: Most tendon ruptures require surgical repair because of the deformity that occurs within the tendon structure just prior its failure ie. Rupture. It's called plastic deformation and the tendon changes are not reversible. Ultimate tensile failure is the term for tendon rupture when the forces exceed the strength of the tendon fibers. ...Read more

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I'm assuming what I have is a ganglion cyst on my wrist. The only problem I have is that I can't wear my watch. It's about 1/2 in in diameter. Is it necessary to get it removed? Will having it cause damage to my nerves or tendons?

Yes: A ganglion does not need to b removed unless it is symptomatic.. If you can not wear a watch then I would suggest removal. Removal should not cause damage to nerves or motor nerves ...Read more

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If a spleen is damaged the extent you have to be on penicillin for the rest of your life, what has actually happened to it?

If a spleen is damaged the extent you have to be on penicillin for the rest of your life, what has actually happened to it?

Loss of function: If your doctors are concerned enough to put you on life long antibiotics because of splenic dysfunction, then something relatively catastrophic happened to it. Was it splenic rupture (injury), infarction (blood clot), surgery or other cause the doc might have talked about? The spleen is very important for fighting infection -and is effectively a 'trap' for bacteria that might be circulating. ...Read more

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If a deep scar is left already for a year or so, is it possible that in the distant future it will heal completely? Under which conditions?

If a deep scar is left already for a year or so, is it possible that in the distant future it will heal completely? Under which conditions?

DEEP SCAR: After a year of healin a deep scar can only de addressed surgically. You need to consult a top plastic surgeon for a consult on scar revision . ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it bad that the knee isn't in the same alignment as it was before the sprain?

Can you tell me is it bad that the knee isn't in the same alignment as it was before the sprain?

Yes: That will result in more wear and tear on the knee over time. Suggest seeing the orthopedic doctor, it maybe as easy as just getting therapy to strengthen the knee or taping the knee as well to help keep it in alignment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to heal the thyroid so that it functions properly again after being damaged in a strangling? Regrow cartilage? I was strangled a couple of years ago and found out last week that my thyroid was damaged. The cartilage in my neck where his han

Is it possible to heal the thyroid so that it functions properly again after being damaged in a strangling? Regrow cartilage? I was strangled a couple of years ago and found out last week that my thyroid was damaged. The cartilage in my neck where his han

The : The thyroid gland should still work fine after this trauma. You can get blood tests to check it out. If your levels are off, low, you will need thyroid hormone supplement, a pill. I doubt that the strangling itself would cause hypothyroidism. You may have hashimoto thyroiditis which is not related to your trauma. Perhaps thyroid conditions run in your family. When taking a supplement use levothyroxine. See the link below regarding thyroid. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal that the knee isnt in the same alignment as it was before the sprain?

Please advise if it's normal that the knee isnt in the same alignment as it was before the sprain?

It depends: Knee sprain is injury to the ligaments and mild case there in no change in the alignment of the knee if however there is complete rupture of ligament/s then it is possible to get the knee out of alignment that can be a serious injury and you have to see an orthopedic surgeon because you may need surgery to repair the torn ligaments good luck. ...Read more

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I had a lower frenectomy and it is not healing. The area that the skin was removed from is not closing up. Should they have put stitches to help out?

I had a lower frenectomy and it is not healing. The area that the skin was removed from is not closing up. Should they have put stitches to help out?

Frenectomy problems: Your wound should heal in around 10 days, and it may look quite inflamed during this time, leading you to think it's "not healing'. Resorbable stitches (often a concern for patients who mistakenly think they cause pain) should be used as the procedure done correctly can make a large wound which must be closed. You need to discuss your concerns with your provider, better yet an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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