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How Should I Determine If I Need Surgery For A Meniscus Tear
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
I had knee surgery for a meniscus tear about 2 months ago. I am still having popping, locking, and giving way. I had this before surgery also help?
Locking not normal : 2 months after arthroscopic knee surgery it is still normal to have some discomfort and mild swelling which can produce popping. As a surgeon, I get concerned if my patients still have locking 2 months after surgery. Although it can still occur from chondromalacia (cartilage irregularities especially under the knee cap), I offer my patients a repeat MRI to look for loose pieces or a retear. ...Read more
I had arthroscopic surgery for a meniscus tear in 08. No problems since. I had a direct fall in feb MRI shows chondromalacia. Is this pre existing?
YES: Chondromalasia takes time to develop. Not an acute problem ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Should a meniscus tear repair surgery be hurting 7 weeks post-operation? (it is still a bit swollen).
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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