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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
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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 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?

Meniscus tear: Driving following a routine knee arthroscopy that involves the right knee may take up to 2 weeks. For the left knee about one week after surgery. Patient must not be taking narcotics when driving! ...Read more

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Do you need knee surgery for a meniscus tear?

Do you need knee surgery for a meniscus tear?

Generally, yes.: They usually do not heal themselves. See an orthopedic knee surgeon to determine if surgical intervention is the right option for you. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How severe does meniscus tear need to be to need surgery?

Painful: To operate on a torn meniscus, the patient must have symptoms enough to interfere with activities. Patients without problems shouldn't have surgery just because an MRI says there is a meniscus tear. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time after surgery for meniscus tear?

What is the recovery time after surgery for meniscus tear?

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

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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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What to do if i had a partial meniscus tear, does it heal over time without surgery?

What to do if i had a partial meniscus tear, does it heal over time without surgery?

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