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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 can it take for a partially torn meniscus to heal?

How long can it take for a partially torn meniscus to heal?

Depends: Depends on location, severity, blood supply, activity level. If it is going to heal it can take 3 months.

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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.

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What is the period of time it takes for a partially torn meniscus to heal?

What is the period of time it takes for a partially torn meniscus to heal?

6 to 8 weeks: It depends on the anatomical location of the torn meniscus. If it close to the peripheral vascular zone then it has a good chance to heal. If it is in the inner third nonvascular zone then the chances of healing are poor.

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How long does it take for a popliteal or baker's cyst to develop after a torn meniscus in the knee?

Variable: Bakers cyst can appear pretty quickly or not at all. They are a symptom of a meniscus tear or arthritis in the knee and appear and disappear over short and long periods of time.

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How long will it take for me to recover from surgery after a torn meniscus?

How long will it take for me to recover from surgery after a torn meniscus?

Simple surgery: Usually in uncomplicated cases with advanced current techniques, about 2-4 weeks.

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What could I do to make my torn meniscus heal faster?

Don't aggravate it.: Anti-inflamatories may help too. Continued heavy weight bearing will aggravate it like sports, especially those with quick lateral movements like tennis.

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What should I do to make my torn meniscus heal faster?

What should I do to make my torn meniscus heal faster?

Meniscus tear: While you can do exercises to strengthen the muscles that support and surround your knee, these will not lead to healing of torn cartilage/meniscus. Avoid high impact and twisting/pivoting activities. Best option is to fix the torn meniscus surgically.

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What can be done to make my torn meniscus heal faster?

Heed your orthopod's: Advice strictly, as he'll know the extent of your problem and can best advise you correctly.

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After surgery on my torn meniscus how long will I be out of work?

After surgery on my torn meniscus how long will I be out of work?

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.

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How much time does it take to recover from torn meniscus surgery?

Meniscus surgery rec: That really depends on if they shaved it out or repaired it. If it was simple tear, then you should be healed, or ready for full activity before 90 days. If it was a repair and you were advised to not put weight on it, then the recovery will be much longer (3-5 months).

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I'm getting an arthroscopy to repair possible torn meniscus, how long will I need to wait until I can exercise?

I'm getting an arthroscopy to repair possible torn meniscus, how long will I need to wait until I can exercise?

Depends: If your meniscus is amenable to repair, you will usually be non-weight bearing for 4-6 wks. Early therapy will focus on range of motion. Follow your surgeon's instructions.

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After doing pt for bad flare up of torn meniscus twisted it during a workout been painful since. Wait how long before considering other treatments?

Knee surgery: Assuming you have an MRI documented meniscal tear, and you have tried PT without improvement I think you should have a frank discussion with your surgeon about the risks and benefits of meniscal surgery; whether it needs to be resected partially (partial meniscectomy) or repaired.

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Should a torn meniscus heal without laser surgery?

Should a torn meniscus heal without laser surgery?

Depends on: Depending on how bad the tear is, prolotherapy done properly can make many tron cartilage areas heal completely. Visit www. Getprol. Com or www. Aaomed. Org for info on prolotherapy and to find a doctor who does it.

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After my really torn meniscus surgery, I have been going to pt and I'm in a bledsoe brace bending to 120 degrees. What can I do to heal faster and wal?

After my really torn meniscus surgery, I have been going to pt and I'm in a bledsoe brace bending to 120 degrees. What can I do to heal faster and wal?

More strengthening: Exercises for the involved leg especially the quadecepes an, hamstring and the calf muscles.

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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?

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.

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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?

Don't 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.

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I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus about a year ago, and my knee still hurts if I am active for too long. Shouldn't it be healed by now? Or is there another problem?

I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus about a year ago, and my knee still hurts if I am active for too long. Shouldn't it be healed by now? Or is there another problem?

May just be arthriti: Its common to have articular cartilage wear in the knee called osteoarthritis. Meniscus pain is sharp & acute, common with twisting and squatting. Arthritis pain is usually a dull achey pain with first getting up, after long periods of activity, at night at the end of along day, with stair climbing, rising and sitting, getting on and off the toilet. Xray shows space lose. See you doc try injection.

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Dr. Jack Farr
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Knee Meniscus Tear (Definition)

A common knee injury in which the meniscus, a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee, gets torn or stretched. Each knee has two menisci (plural of meniscus)-one at the outer edge of the knee and one at the inner edge. The menisci keep your knee steady by balancing your ...Read more