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How should I determine if I need surgery for a meniscus tear?

How should I determine if I need surgery for a meniscus tear?

Pain/catching= surg: Not all meniscal tears require surgery, but most do. The presence of pain, swelling and mechanical symptoms (catching or locking of knee) are common signs and symptoms that wil indicate a meniscus tear for surgery. ...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 to determine if I have a torn meniscus?

How to determine if I have a torn meniscus?

You'll have symptoms: Like pain, swelling, tenderness, catching sensation in the knee whenever it is moved, even sensation of knee giving way under, as you take a step. All these or most of these symptoms would be seen with a meniscal tear. See your orthopod to get it DX & treated. ...Read more

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Will I need surgery if I have a torn meniscus?

Will I need surgery if I have a torn meniscus?

Orthopedic surgeon: It is not always necessary to have surgery for a torn meniscus as they are quite commonly found in many people who have no symptoms. However at your young age an untreated torn meniscus can lead to other knee issues at a later time. Accordingly you should take the advice of a skilled orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I need to have a PCL repair?

How can I tell if I need to have a PCL repair?

Depends on symptoms: The best way to determine if you need PCL surgery is by your symptoms and what your knee feels like on physical exam. Mri or xray findings can show the injury but really how unstable the knee is during activities is really the most important thing. ...Read more

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I need to know if i would need surgery for a knee if i cannot bend?

I need to know if i would need surgery for a knee if i cannot bend?

Likely Yes: If you have had an injury and cannot bend your knee, something may be stuck inside. If not getting better on its own, sometimes a quick outpatient surgery is the only way to get it going again. I would see your orthopedist sooner rather than later with a stuck knee. Don't let it go. ...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

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How would a doctor know if I need surgery for my deviated septum?

How would a doctor  know if I need surgery for my deviated septum?

By examination: Usually a good examination is all that is needed. Because nasal obstruction can be caused by many factors, it is important to determine whether the septal deviation is the only cause of the patient's symptoms. If not, septal surgery alone may not correct the problem. You should see an ENT doctor or plastic surgeon with experience in treating these disorders. ...Read more

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How do I know if surgery is necessary for a rotator cuff injury?

How do I know if surgery is necessary for a rotator cuff injury?

Many factors: Several factors play a part in the decision to proceed with surgery including the severity of symptoms, accurate physical exam by an orthopedic surgeon, size of the tear on mri, failed nonsurgical treatments, activity level and health of each individual patient. All of the above should be taken into consideration before surgery is planned. ...Read more

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What should I do about continued pain after surgery for a torn meniscus?

What should I do about continued pain after surgery for a torn meniscus?

Eval: Find out why it still hurts. If the meniscus was trimmed or repaired properly, then it generally doesn't hurt. Persistent pain can be from improper trim or repair with residual tear, a new tear or injury, or from arthritis unrelated to the meniscus tear. Depending on your age, arthritis is the most likely possibility. ...Read more

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I have a meniscus. Would be better if I do the surgery?

Family practice : Do you mean a torn meniscus ? You would need to see an orthopedist to give the options. You are young. Depends how active you are , what sports you will be envolved in. Many times they will wait if ligaments are intact until your knee locks or in pain. ...Read more

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How do I know if I need surgery from a dislocated knee cap a year ago?

How do I know if I need surgery from a dislocated knee cap a year ago?

Continued symptoms: If you are having continued problems with your knee, surgery may be indicated. Some concerning complaints: your knee cap continues to dislocate, or feels unstable, pain, swelling, etc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have possibly torn my acl, miniscus, or mcl. How long would my full recovery be?

What to do if I have possibly torn my acl, miniscus, or mcl. How long would my full recovery be?

See ORS: Your question about the possibility of injury to these knee ligaments and cartilage is too vague.U need to be examined and see exactly what has been injured specifically because the treatment will vary. Meniscus tears alone may require arthroscopic surgery. Acl , and mcl injuries treatment differs esp. @ age 49 w/ severity of instability, activity level, etc..See a board certified ors. ...Read more

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How to know if I have bankart lesion or not after a dislocated shoulder. What should I do?

How to know if I have bankart lesion or not after a dislocated shoulder. What should I do?

See a specialist.: See a sports medicine shoulder specialist. He or she will perform an exam and possibly order diagnostic studies, to see if you have a bankart lesion. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a meniscus tear?

Diagnosis a meniscal: Google mcmurray's test. It often is a pain at the joint line area. Swelling is usually involved as well. Mri is helpful to diagnose it too, but not 100% accurate. ...Read more

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Do I need to have surgery for a dislocsted disc?

Do I need to have surgery for a dislocsted disc?

Herniated: A herniated disc usually does not need surgery, over 90% of the time! but it really depends on the unique situation! and severe symptoms need proper evaluation. Conservative treatment is usually all needed, but there is a trend to mistreat people who need early surgery because of neurological damage. For nerve damage get early evaluation at a high level. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a torn labrum in my shoulder that a surgeon told me would need surgery. Should i get a second opinion?

What to do if I have a torn labrum in my shoulder that a surgeon told me would need surgery. Should i get a second opinion?

Absolutely.: Please get a second opinion. Your doctor may be absolutely correct. But there are other entities within the shoulder that can mimic a torn labrum, that may not need surgery. See a sports medicine trained orthopedic shoulder specialist. ...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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What type knee brace would you suggest for a torn meniscus I've had surgery to fix it yet I still have a lot of instability issues?

What type knee brace would you suggest for a torn meniscus I've had surgery to fix it yet I still have a lot of instability issues?

Hinged brace + PT: The best braces to decrease the chances of having instability episodes are hinged knee braces. Even with these braces, however, you may still experience instability. Your best bet to decrease these episodes is to begin a focused exercise protocol to strengthen your quadriceps, hamstrings, and hip abductor & adductor muscles. I often prescribe physical therapy for these injuries. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a knee arthroscopy?

What to do if I have a knee arthroscopy?

Exercise: If no repair was done you need to work on range of motion and strength, also use ice ...Read more

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