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Meniscus Removed Tear
Depends: If a repair is possible, that would typically be best. The meniscus is a shock absorber inside the knee, and with removal or meniscectomy, there is greater risk for arthritis. Every tear however cannot be repaired, and the tear pattern, location of tear, quality of tissue, and expectations of the patient need to be considered. There will be restrictions after surgery if the meniscus is repaired. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Painful cyst in left knee adjacent to posterior horn of medial meniscus. No meniscus tear (confirmed via MRI & arthroscopy). Treatment options?
See below:: Most cysts in the back of the knee are due to knee joint causes, which improve as the causes is treated. So my recommendations would be: 1: do nothing except maybe pain meds, for 3 months; if no improvement, then; 2: aspiration (removing fluid) under ultrasonic guidance for fluid/needle biopsy; or; 3: removal of the cyst through the back of the knee, to get tissue for biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should I consider surgery?
SLAP tear extending from superior posterior to anterior
inferior labrum. Possible tear of middle glenohumeral ligament. Partial-thickness bursal surface supraspinatus tendon tear. Focal cartilaginous loss of glenoid.
Athroscopic debridement & menisectomy, partial medial & lateral. Grd1 oa changes lt medial femoral condyle, large posterior horn tear lateral meniscus?
Yikes: The wear on your lateral side and lateral meniscus tear is a not great. The lateral meniscus is responsible for balancing and distribution of force more so than the medial. Be very cautious returning to plant and pivot sports. ...Read more
Radial tear type body segment lateral meniscus. Radial type tear posterior horn lateral meniscus. Can be repaired or just snipped off?
Mri shows oblique nondisplaced tear posterior horn and body medial meniscus, medial meniscal protrusion into the medial gutter. Will i need surgery?
Surgery : Surgery is most likely needed to resolve your problem. Meniscus tears simply do not heal on their own, regardless of conservative treatment (including prolotherapy). It is possible that your symptoms of pain, etc will improve with time without surgery...But that doesn't mean the tear healed. In fact, the tear will most likely get bigger leading to additional damage if not taken care of soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
MRI of knee shows "Oblique tear posterior horn medial meniscus, lateral patellar plica and minimal synovial knee effusion" will I need surgery? or ?
Possibly: It depends on the degree of tear, how much it is effecting your daily activities and whether it responds to conservative treatment. If the plica does not get better with anti inflammatory meds you will most likely need arthroscopic surgery to remove it, although your orthopedic surgeon will be the best MD to determine that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small meniscal root tear, high grade chondral fissuring partial thickness on the medial femoral condyle, grade 4 chondromalacia patella is this bad?
Try conservative rx: Seems like most of the damage is under the patella. If you have locking you might need arthroscopy, I would first try terminal extension excercises training the quads without putting much pressure on the patella. In addition research has shown that Asperin could help the surface cartilage heal. In addition, MSM (Puritan Pride) could be helpful as a nutraceutical supplement. ...Read more
Yes at times: Menicus tears can be painful but some can settle down and be tolerable for years if smaller. People complain of difficulty squatting, twisting, getting up from chairs or toilets, going up and especially down stairs, sometimes sleeping and turning in bed hurts or touching your knees together in bed hurts. Injections of cortisone can give temporary relief, arthroscopy and menisectomy is the fix. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treatment for torn meniscus and partial torn lateral collateral ligament in left knee diagnosed by MRI scan?
Duh!: Yes it will hurt some because it is surgery. But you wouldn't be thinking about surgery if your knee didn't hurt from the meniscal injury. The surgery is done arthroscopically and is a same day surgery. You are put to sleep. You will be given medications to help with post-op pain. You may be on crutches a few days if swelling is significant but will transition off quickly. Rehab starts soon. ...Read more
Treatment for meniscocapsular separation injury of posterior horn of the medial meniscus also displaced lateral meniscal tear thats folded behind horn?
Surgery: Surgical repair is usually indicated for those injuries. Thankfully, they can usually be done arthroscopically with an overall excellent out ome in most cases. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
It depends: Many people have degenerative rotator cuff tears as we mature. Non operative conservative treatment should be the first line of treatment. This often consists of NSAIDS, injection, and physical therapy. If conservative treatment fails, operative treatment may be warranted. Ask your orthopaedic surgeon for more details. Good luck ...Read more
MRI Diagnosis of Horizontal undersurface tear posterior horn medial meniscus and
Grade II Chondromalacia patella with trace knee effusion . Surgery?
Obviously you have -: -symptoms, so if the trouble is locking, giving way, the findings indicate a mechanical problem in the knee. You need to follow the advice of your orthopedic surgeon who is familiar with your case, especially if you have treated with him/her for a while. The surgery is only driven by your symptoms. The thing to remember is there is no orth prob so severe that it can't be made worse by surgery. ...Read more
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?
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
Rotational force on : Most tears of the meniscus occur from a rotational force on the knee joint. Surprisingly, this force does not need to be that great to cause a tear of the meniscus. Perfect example is sitting cross legged(indian style), is enough force to tear it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not Likely!: I can't imagine anyone wanting to tear the meniscus in their knee on purpose. Quite painful and significantly debilitating in the short term depending on the extent. Usually one tears their meniscus by accident while trying to go one way and their knee going awkwardly in another direction. For example, like planting your foot and twisting in the opposite direction for a kick. ...Read more
Pain in the knee: Few things for diagnosis of meniscal tear including, clicking of the knee when trying to move it, the knee is stuck in one position and will not move, pain right over the joint line on either the inside or the outside of the knee, and swelling are all common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Arthritis: The meniscus acts as the cushion/shock absorber in the knee. When all or part of it has to be removed, the cartilage and bone see more stress over time and degrade faster - arthritis. However, leaving a torn meniscus and not taking it out can cause more stress as a flap can rub raw the cartilage much faster than having less meniscus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you re-tear a repaired meniscus? I had it repaired 14 months ago, and just this week it started to twinge.
Only if Trauma: Yes you can retear if you have new injury in the joint involved,But without trauma a spontaneous tear is unlikely after 14 months.If the pain persists or gets worse,get it checked ...Read more
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
How can you tell how much of your meniscus is torn? Can you tell without invasion test? Had meniscus tears for 4 years and 2 ops and torn it again?
Is there an underlying cause to numerous meniscus tears over time? I'm a healthy, active 32 year old female who has had multiple tears over 14 years
No specific cause: There is not likely a specific underlying cause. Once a knee has an injury, it is no longer a stable as it once was and has a higher risk of re-injury. As you injury it multiple times that re-injury risk goes up. At times genetics can play a role as can being involved in the same activities that caused the injury in the first place. Furthermore, body mechanics can be a factor. ...Read more
You can't: A medical professional should be able to give you a working diagnosis regarding likely or not likely a 3rd degree sprain, or full tear. Without MRI or arthroscopy, we can only be mostly correct regarding damaged meniscus or not. Being able to walk on that leg does not rule out torn meniscus, nor does the absence of swelling. The pain will eventually subside even with treatment. ...Read more
U would only know U-: -have a torn meniscus if U have already seen an orthopedic surgeon, an you would have got if you were having symptoms. So if you have locking, giving way, pain planting your bad leg & pivoting, you are doing damage 2 the joint surface which can lead 2 life long problems. Whether you have surgery is up 2 you. After recommendations it is up 2 U 2 decide, not anyone else. ...Read more
Joint irritation: Swelling of the knee is common with several different knee problems. When there is an effusion immediately after a knee injury, a possible cause is severe injury to an internal joint structure, like the anterior cruciate ligament or a fracture of the top of the shin bone. ...Read more
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