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Meniscus Surgery Repair Vs Removal
About to have 2nd torn meniscus surgery... Is a repair or removal better and why does this keep happening. Only 24 and never had accident or injury?
Repair if possible: Only certain types of tears (peripheral around the rim) are repairable. Results are somewhat age dependent younger better than older people have better results. Partial meniscectomy still has a chance of increased arthritis in the long run. Joe dimaggio ripped his meniscus standing up on a bus so there doesn't have to be result of an accident. ...Read more
Sore knee: Some soreness is not uncommon, but soreness that does not resolve with ice, rest and anti-inflammatory medicines needs to be evaluated. ...Read more
Day after partial meniscus removal surgery. Almost blacked out after getting up to go to the restroom. Taking Vicodin. Did I get up too fast?
Common: Surgery on one knee can cause a change in leg length changing your gait or can simply alter gait by changing knee function. The 'good' knee often takes the brunt of these changes & starts to hurt. A good physician might be able to determine the exact dysfunction (ex. Short leg syndrome;nerve inflammation) & provide a heel lift, osteopathic manipulation, neuroprolotherapy or other recommendation ...Read more
Six weeks post op medial meniscus surgery and loose body removal. Having severe pain behind knee (7 out of 10). What do you think is going on?
Many things possible: Could be just a reaction to overusing it too soon, but the location makes us also worry about blood clot--GET IT CHECKED TONIGHT!!!!! ...Read more
5 years ago I tore my meniscus and had surgery to repair. If I bend it too far it pops as is very painful. Is this normal?
3-4 months: If you had a true repair and plan to return to sports then to be safe it's best to wait 3-4 months for full recovery. ...Read more
No definite answer: Meniscus tears that are repairable should be repaired as expeditiously as possible. No one can know for certain when or if another injury will occur. Further injury may convert a repairable tear to a tear that cannot be repaired but only partially removed. While waiting for a likely repair, it is prudent to greatly limit any activities that put the knee and meniscus at risk for further injury. ...Read more
Crutches for 6 weeks: Most meniscal repair surgeries, whether done open or arthroscopically, require up to 6 weeks of limited weight bearing with crutches. Most surgeons allow at least the weight of the foot to touch the ground during that time. Physical therapy is geared at working on quadriceps function/strength and limited knee motion from 0-90 degrees. Bracing in extension for ambulation may be indicated as well. ...Read more
Hi, I have a torn meniscus for last 4 years. I want to repair it naturally. .. Without surgery. .. I feel pain all the time. .
No: It is very rare for a meniscus to heal without intervention. It really depends on where the tear is. If it is peripheral, it can be sewn together if at the time of surgery it looks like an appropriate option. These choices really are made in surgery. Some will advocate injecting prp into the tear but there is mixed information on this. If you have had this for 4 years, I doubt it will ever heal. ...Read more
Had surgery repair for a discoid meniscus apparently the dr reshaped it to be a normal meniscus. What's the average healing time? Happened a week ago
Meniscus: It may take 4-6 weeks for healing time and recovery of motion with decreased pain. ...Read more
Meniscus repair: It depends on the severity, size, and location of the tear. The safest taking is to stay on crutches and discuss plan with your doctor. ...Read more
After few days: Patients are given crutches, and instructed to walk with the crutches. Most often, patients will be allowed to place weight on the operated leg so long as the knee is held fully straight (either with a knee immobilizer or a hinged knee brace locked in extension). ...Read more
It depends: Depending on the type of repair, your surgeon may protect your weightbearing and your activities to maximize healing. If part of the torn meniscus was removed, you would be allowed to walk as soon as you feel able. However, if the torn meniscus was repaired with sutures, then you might need to use crutches (partial weightbearing) for 4-6 weeks and gradually resume walking. Check with the doc. ...Read more
Should a meniscus tear repair surgery be hurting 7 weeks post-operation? (it is still a bit swollen).
What you relate is not uncommon
please discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more
I just got my meniscus repaired a month ago. It has just started popping and now its swelling. Is this normal after meniscus surgery?
No;see your ortho MD: The clicking and popping sounds should be gone, and there should be minimal swelling at one month out. In particular, you should not have NEW swelling. You have risk for an infection. Follow up with your surgeon ASAP. ...Read more
Had surgery to repair discoid meniscus a month ago. Should it still hurt so much that I can barely walk? It feels the same as before surgery.
Discoid Meniscus: The discoid meniscus and lateral meniscal surgery often take longer to heal. More important is what else was seen at surgery. If cartilage damage or arthritis - then the source of pain may have been that. You say "repair" but often what is really done is "resect" or remove the discoid meniscus. A failed "repair" (sewing together) could cause same kind of pain. ...Read more
I'm 20yrs old guy, after meniscus repair surgery & rehab. After 1 year can I be back to my high intensity exercises or should I stop them permanently?
Ask your ortho:
I would think you should gradually work your way up. I am not sure how you obtained the tear but don't damage your outcome.
Ask your ortho doctor how best to recover and if you have any limitations. All the best. ...Read more
Variable: That depends on a number of factors: 1) allograft or autograft - when using your own tendon (either patellar tendon or hamstring tendon), the donor site (where we get the tendon) typically hurts more than the acl reconstruction. 2) type of acl reconstruction - some surgeons are performing "all-inside" acl reconstructions that have significantly less surgical pain, 3) individual pain tolerance. ...Read more
Is it normal that a year after arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus I still have major pain?
Now that the MRI picked up a meniscus root displacement on a MRI after surgery does that ean I need surgery again to repair the displacement?
See below: I am not an orthopedic surgeon but my understanding is that meniscal root repair is not simple. It's not like the simple debridement of some other types of meniscal tear. That being said meniscal root tear is significant, causing an unstable meniscus, particularly if it's the medial meniscus. Surgery, however, depends not only on MRI but also your symptoms and expectations. ...Read more
Just got my meniscus surgery done 2 days ago, when I prop my leg up and move it sometimes I get a small painless click where my meniscus was repaired?
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