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How Long Do You Have To Avoid Driving After Meniscus Tear Surgery
Right side or left?: If it is your left knee, you can probably drive very shortly after surgery as long as you are not taking narcotic. If it is your right knee, it will be at least a week before you can drive, as it would be risky to have to hit the break too soon after surgery, and you would be a risk to yourself and everyone else on the road. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Repair vs debride?: A meniscus repair mandates a slower rehabilittion that allows the necessary biology of healing ot occur else the repair will fail. A meniscal debridement is more likely for most tears an affords a rapid rehabiltation with immediate advancement of motion and weight bearing to full as sson as you can tolerated both. Work (desk) is usally ok after several days to a week. ...Read more
18 yr old female with a possible meniscus tear. Do you recommend surgery? Will I be in an knee brave immobilizer? How long until I can drive after?
Yes/no/maybe: It depends how bad the tear is and which meniscus. Many meniscal tears can be treated with physical therapy alone. I would start by seeing an orthopedist or sports medicine dr, possibly getting an MRI to see exactly what's going on inside, and try pt. Many surgeries can be prevented with pt. ...Read more
How long aft arthroscopic surgery (2 weeks ago)for medial meniscus tear should I be concerned re blood clots? Calf pain immed after surgery but no more.
I have meniscus tear and arthritis under knee dr said joint replacement not arthroscopic surgery is long lasting help more do u agree?
Arthritis: Hi, in older people with Arthritis the treatment for Meniscal tear is knee replacement rather than repair. Because the tear is most likely caused by the Arthritic joint. A study has been done and published in New England journal of Medicine and it shows Knee replacement is superior to repair, also Physical therapy in some cases is as equal to the surgery. ...Read more
Nothing U can eat-: -but I would advise you 2 avoid NSAIDS, as the inflammatory reaction is needed 2 promote healing. It is very important 2 avoid them in fracture healing. For example, with total joint replacements NSAIDS R given 2 prevent calcium 2 B deposited in the peri operative field. ...Read more
Should a meniscus tear repair surgery be hurting 7 weeks post-operation? (it is still a bit swollen).
What you relate is not uncommon
please discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more
None: The meniscus does not heal. It needs to have the torn area removed and smoothed. ...Read more
Have meniscus tear w/loose foreign object. Unable to do surgery at the moment. Will eliptical machine exercise create more damage? Or yoga?
After I had torn meniscus surgery my leg became a little longer, yoga helps but what else can I do?
5 wks into recovery of acl/meniscus tear surgery, I am still taking pain medicine. Is this normal?
Common, but: It's good that you are thinking ahead about how to handle long-term pain control w/out risk of addiction and other medical damage from over-use of opiates, etc. Discuss plans for pain management w/ the surgeon and/or your PCP. Consider your own search if they seem less helpful than you'd hope. Health psychologists can teach hypnosis and other techniques. Other possibilities too. ...Read more
Hi. I have a grade 2 meniscus tear I am having arthroscopic surgery on a friday can I return to work on monday?
Grade 2 Tear:
A grade 2 meniscal tear is only noticed on an MRI and general shows intra-meniscal changes without penetration to the surface. There are 2 types: globular and linear. Nearly always asymptomatic.
If your MRI indicates a grade 1 or 2 tear, but your symptoms and physical exam are inconsistent with a tear, surgery may not be needed. ...Read more
In MRI report, they told me lateral and medial meniscus tear. Can I get it corrected by excercise/medicine etc? How to confirm if I need surgery?
See ORS: A meniscus tear may feel better w/nsaids and pt but the meniscus will not heal w/this treatment. Turning, twisting and squatting activities may further tear the meniscus. They generally cause pain, sometimes popping or'catching' and swelling. See your ors. The tx. Of choice is arthroscopy w/meniscus repair vs. Resection. ...Read more
Acl tear vs. A meniscus tear which is worse? Which is worse an ACL tear or a meniscus tear? What is the difference in recovery time after surgery and pain after?
An ACL tear is: Typically worse than a meniscus tear and often they occur together. Acl surgery requires reconstruction of the cruciate ligament using a harvested graft from your patellar tendon or your hamstring most commonly. Recovery can be upwards of 6-8 months. Meniscus tears require brief outpatient surgery to trim out the torn portion and recovery is 4-6 weeks. ...Read more
Is surgery the only way to fix a medial meniscus tear in the knee? Can someone having burning and there knee?
Knee surgery: A meniscal tear can be treated conservatively or non operatively with physical therapy and a knee sleeve understanding of course that this will not "heal" the tear. As long as one is not experiencing "locking" symptoms and decreased range of motion with stiffness -assuming of course you do not have dramatic arthritis there is no immediate rush for knee arthroscopy. ...Read more
Yes: If recommended by your orthopedic.Get a more detailed answer ›
Repair vs removal: This procedure is completed arthroscopically. You may have a meniscus repair or a partial menisectomy (removal). The repair is ideal, if possible, for preventing arthritic changes, but requires a longer recovery time. In either case recovery is relatively quick; you may start ambulating as tolerated post-op with a debridement. Post-op rehab will concentrate on motion, & quad strength. ...Read more
2-3weeks: All depend weather the meniscus was excised (partial menisectomy)or it was sutured. Simple uncomplicated menisectomy no more than two weeks, repaired one about six to eight weeks. ...Read more
Simple surgery: Usually in uncomplicated cases with advanced current techniques, about 2-4 weeks. ...Read more
Meniscal tears: The meniscus will not heal itself, though it is possible to be asymptomatic with a meniscus tear. Typically surgical intervention is appropriate unless there is excessive osteoarthritis. Seeing an orthopedic physician will better determine your appropriate course of treatment. ...Read more
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