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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus cause long term knee damage?

Can a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus cause long term knee damage?

Yes: Without surgical rx of both acl & meniscus. U r left with serious mechanical & instability issues in ur knee that will lead 2 wearing of the joint surfaces and arthritis early on. @ ur young age it needs to b fixed now. ...Read more

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How long does knee pain last after arthroscopic sugery I just had one done 8 weeks ago for a torn meniscus?

How long does knee pain last after arthroscopic sugery I just had one done 8 weeks ago for a torn meniscus?

Depends on DJD: Most good quality studies show that short and long term recovery from knee arthroscopy is directly related to the amount of arthritis seen at surgery. Knees with minimal arthritis recover from simple partial menisectomy in 3-4 weeks, those with more advanced arthritis can take up to 8-12 weeks. If longer than 12 weeks, the problem may be the arthritis and not the meniscal tear. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to have my right hip totally replaced if I just had surgery on my left knee for torn meniscus?

How long should I wait to have my right hip totally replaced if I just had surgery on my left knee for torn meniscus?

Wait until...: You are over your knee scope completely. Some patients who have their knee ' fixed' feel better and have less hip pain and a better gait @ 6-8 wks. However., if u have avn and/or advanced oa of the hip and your pain is interfering w/ your quality of life have it replaced when you are ready. Discuss w/ your surgeon. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Would a ct scan be as good as an mri to detect a torn meniscus? Where I live there is a ct without a long wait list.6 month MRI wait list is awful.

Would a ct scan be as good as an mri to detect a torn meniscus? Where I live there is a ct without a long wait list.6 month MRI wait list is awful.

No: An MRI (good quality) is the study of choice for a radiologic diagnosis of meniscus tears. CT scans are helpful to delineate bone detail (fractures esp.) but without an arthrogram prior to the CT they are of little value (in my experience) for dx. Of meniscus tears... Try to see a board certified ORS who is an accomplished arthroscopist! Best of Luck! ...Read more

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How long after knee arthroscopy can I start playing football I had the op 9 weeks ago for a torn meniscus?

Should ask your M.D.: You should definitely discuss any level of return to play with your surgeon. The answer will depend upon whether the meniscus tear was repaired or simply debrided. Debrided or partially removed meniscal tears usually allow for an earlier return to sports than does a repair. ...Read more

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Knee surgery for broken femur + torn meniscus a couple years ago. Still in pt but in constant pain but I take ibuprofen daily. Why does it still hurt?

Femur & meniscus: If injury was intros articulate, may have irregular, painful, arthritic joint. Other possibilities include scar, verve problems, & soft tissue injury with pain. ...Read more

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What can cause a torn meniscus?

Twisting.: Very often a meniscus tear is caused by a twisting/torquing injury to your knee. ...Read more

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How should I treat a torn meniscus?

How should I treat a torn meniscus?

Depends on symptoms: Not all meniscal tears are managed the same way. Tear specifics (such as chronicity, tear morphology and location), patient specifics (age, activity level, symptoms of pain/catching) play a major role in determining whether operative (arthroscopic repair vs. Debridement) or nonoperative management is best. You should discuss your specific tear with your orthopaedic surgeon to asses your options. ...Read more

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