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How long do you have to avoid driving after meniscus tear surgery?

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

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Torn Meniscus (Definition)

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


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How long did you have to avoid driving after meniscus surgery?

How long did you have to avoid driving after meniscus  surgery?

Depends: If surgery is on the left leg i let some patients drive the next day if they feel ok. If the surgery is on the right leg i change to dressing in 48 hrs and may let them drive short distances based on their motion and amount of swelling present. ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from keyhole surgery on a meniscus tear ?

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

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How long after surgery for a meniscus tear will i be able to drive again?

How long after surgery for a meniscus tear will i be able to drive again?

Depends: Your tear required arthroscopy with partial meniscectomy. Surgeon removed part of your meniscus. Only he knows the extent of the procedure and he can give you guidance when you can drive. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery for a medial meniscus tear, how long does it take to start feeling better?

I had knee surgery for a medial meniscus tear, how long does it take to start feeling better?

~6 weeks: Typically will take 6-8 weeks of physical therapy plus independent exercises(per therapist) to see recovery. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.

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.

2 weeks.: Generally speaking, after about 2 weeks, you're out of the woods, as far as developing blood clots. However, we have seen patients develop them 2-3 weeks after surgery, but that's extremely rare. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have meniscus tear and arthritis under knee dr said joint replacement not arthroscopic surgery is long lasting help more do u agree ?

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

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What could you eat or do for a meniscus tear to heal faster after surgery?

What could you eat or do for a meniscus tear to heal faster after surgery?

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

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Does having a cortisone shot help a meniscus tear or is surgery the only option?

Does having a cortisone shot help a meniscus tear or is surgery the only option?

Cortisone injection: A cortisone injection can be helpful for an older patient with a degenerative meniscal tear and associated osteoarthritis. The cortisone will not "heal" the tear but reduce some of the surrounding inflammation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a radial meniscus tear, what's the chance of it fully healing with surgery?

None: The meniscus does not heal. It needs to have the torn area removed and smoothed. ...Read more

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Have meniscus tear w/loose foreign object. Unable to do surgery at the moment. Will eliptical machine exercise create more damage? Or yoga?

Have meniscus tear w/loose foreign object. Unable to do surgery at the moment. Will eliptical machine exercise create more damage? Or yoga?

Perhaps: With a meniscus tear and a loose body, there is a good chance that you may develop locking or catching in the knee. It is a good idea to avoid twisting excercises until you have the surgery. In the meantime, straight line exercising (such as eliptical) should be ok. ...Read more

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How long can a torn meniscus take to heal without surgery?

How long can a torn meniscus take to heal without surgery?

Torn meniscus: Frequently a torn miniscus will not heal. It is important to get medical advice, usually from an orthopedic specialist to determine the severity of the tear and whether or not surgery is necessary to get well. ...Read more

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After I had torn meniscus surgery my leg became a little longer, yoga helps but what else can I do?

After I had torn meniscus surgery my leg became a little longer, yoga helps but what else can I do?

Dont think so.: It is a physical impossibility that your leg actually became longer after your surgery for a torn meniscus. Perhaps you were walking with a bent knee prior to surgery, and after surgery you normalized your gait and felt as though there was an increase in length. ...Read more

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5 wks into recovery of acl/meniscus tear surgery, I am still taking pain medicine. Is this normal?

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

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Hi. I have a grade 2 meniscus tear I am having arthroscopic surgery on a friday can I return to work on monday?

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

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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

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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

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I might need surgery because i might have a torn meniscus and i play golf. Any ways to avoid it?

I might need surgery because i might have a torn meniscus and i play golf. Any ways to avoid it?

Well surgery is deci: Decided by you and your surgeon. Discuss this with your surgeon. All meniscus tears do not need surgery. ...Read more