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I had surgery for a medial and lateral meniscus tear 4 months ago. I still have pain when i completely straighten my leg. Scar tissue?

I had surgery for a medial and lateral meniscus tear 4 months ago.  I still have pain when i completely straighten my leg. Scar tissue?

Meniscal tear postop: It could very well be scar tissue. The meniscus (or menisci-plural) may have continued to tear also. My guess is that you may have underlying arthritis, which often gets exacerbated with a knee injury. The location of your pain is also very important. I would recommend having your surgeon that did the knee scope check you out again if the pain is significant. ...Read more

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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I had arthroscopic knee surgery to fix a lateral meniscus tear. But I was doing a squat and felt popping right there could I have torn my meniscus?

I had arthroscopic knee surgery to fix a lateral meniscus tear. But I was doing a squat and felt popping right there could I have torn my meniscus?

Yes: Yes, it is possible that you tore your meniscus again, particularly if it was not yet fully healed. There are other possibilities as well. I would certainly let your surgeon know. ...Read more

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Just had an arthroscopy for a lateral meniscus tear just wondering how long it will be till the stiffness goes away?

Just had an arthroscopy for a lateral meniscus tear just wondering how long it will be till the stiffness goes away?

Week or two: With effort on your behalf to regain range of motion, stiffness usually resolves within 1-2 weeks following a simple arthroscopic meniscectomy. ...Read more

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Thanks for advice on here, I had mri shown lateral meniscus tear heading to ortho in a week. What should I expect, same leg as previous TTT?

Thanks for advice on here, I had mri shown lateral meniscus tear heading to ortho in a week. What should I expect, same leg as previous TTT?

Arthroscopy: The orthopedist may suggest an arthroscopic repair. This would be the most logical approach. Any subsequent therapy would come after a full objective examination of the joint space. ...Read more

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Can I have chronic lateral meniscus tear or lateral meniscocapsular separation even if the MRI was normal?

Can I have chronic lateral meniscus tear or lateral meniscocapsular separation even if the MRI was normal?

It is possible: MRI results are not 100% accurate. Meniscocapsular junction tears can be hard to identify on MRI. Your symptoms and what you are experiencing as well as your clinical exam are important to determine your exact diagnosis even with an MRI. I always tell my patients as an orthopedic surgeon I treat patients, I don't treat MRI's. ...Read more

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Complex entire horizontal lateral meniscus tear no swollen locking catching knee can stairs climb up down+bend now pain on off can i wait arthoscopy?

Complex entire horizontal lateral meniscus tear  no swollen locking catching knee can stairs climb up down+bend now pain on  off can i wait arthoscopy?

You can wait: It you're not symptomatic and that knee isn't limiting the activities that you want you do, I would recommend waiting on arthroscopy as the risks of surgery would outweigh the expected benefit. If it starts bothering you more or if it is in fact limiting your activities, then consideration of surgery is reasonable ...Read more

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I have a micro fracture of the tibial plateau and a lateral meniscus tear, what to do?

I have a micro fracture of the tibial plateau and a lateral meniscus tear, what to do?

Depends: The micro-fracture will heal. Meniscal tears sometimes heal, but usually remain torn although the pain goes away. Depending on your lifestyle/activity level surgery is option not mandated. If you decline offered repair, there will likely be repeat episodes of pain/recovery. Surgery usually removes the tear and knee/activity returns essentially to normal, although traumatic arthritis eventually. ...Read more

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How long is recovery time for an grade 3a tear, anterior horn, lateral meniscus. And do I need surgery.

How long is recovery time for an grade 3a tear, anterior horn, lateral meniscus. And do I need surgery.

Yes I would consider: Surgery the tear will not fix itself. Recovery depends on whether it is repaired or resected. If it is repaired (usually if you are young 25 or so and under) them recovery can be 6-8 weeks. If it is resected 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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