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Is Your Meniscus Weaker After Part Of It Has Been Removed And Easier To Tear
Not always.: The goal of arthroscopy for treating a meniscus tear is to remove the portion that is causing the symptoms (pain, swelling, & catching). The remaining meniscus is usually stable & less likely to retear because the unstable portion has been removed. A good analogy is trimming a hangnail to avoid propagation of the tear and prevention of further injury (except arthroscopy is performed under water). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare but can occur: The goal of partial meniscectomy is to negate the symptoms of pain, catching and swelling that are common with a torn meniscus. When a portion of meniscus is removed, there is less left to possibly tear again, so it makes sense that retear becomes less likely. A partially respected meniscus, however, may still have remnants of less than normal tissue that can be susceptible to retear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
34yrs, had an ACL surgery on right knee 2 yrs ago. part of damaged meniscus was also removed. What precautions should I take to avoid Osteoarthritis?
Prevent arthritis: Part of prevention of further wear of ones knee is established by securing the structural deficits as u already have . Other pearls include maintaining good muscle tone, keeping your BMI below 25., Avoid quick cutting or pivoting sports, maintain a healthy diet to include vitamin e and glucosamine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How easy is it to tear your meniscus? I am not going to do this. I was just wondering because my friend tore his yesterday but i saw him yesterday.
It depends: The meniscus in a young person is thick and strong like rubber. In an older person it thins out and the substance of it is not as strong. A young person needs a very high energy twisting type of injury. An older person might get the tear from walking or going up/down stairs or squatting. Not all tears are the same and small frayed edges (small tears) are more common than large. ...Read more
I have recovered from a partial menisectomy and meniscus repair. I can do regular squats as part of my workout. Can I do squats with weights?
Yes: Start with gradual increase in weights. Low 5 (lbs) to every two weeks by a few pounds only. Consult your orthopedics physician as well. ...Read more
Had 30% of left medial meniscus removed... PT , cortisone , rest did no good . Always limp. Could limp damage other parts of knee? Whole knee hurts.
Yes: you have an arthritic knee. It's comparable to the brake pads in your car wearing down, requiring a swap out. Here are a couple of resources: http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/apr12/clinical17.asp http://www.amazon.com/Heal-Your-Knees-Prevent-Surgery/dp/1590771249 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery. Is an upright or recumbent bike better?
Start recumbent: Using an upright bike will put more pressure on your knee while it is healing and is not recommended, while a recumbent bike has less pressure and helps to keep range of motion of joint and maintain muscle tone. So, start with recumbent bike after surgery. When the knee is feeling better and stronger, then you can shift to an upright bike. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I recently had surgery on my left knee for a meniscus tear. They removed approximately 33% of the cartilage, will I be able to run still?
Is it possible to re-injure my meniscus 10 days after a menisectomy from walking due to work? I am a phys Ed teacher but have taken it easy...
Not likely: persisting pain early might be due to post-traumatic effusion or hemarthrosis. Get it checked by an ortho ...Read more