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Doctor insights on: Multiple Meniscus Tears In The Same Knee

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I have tears (medial meniscus) in both knees that need repaired. Can I get both knees done at the same time?

I have tears (medial meniscus) in both knees that need repaired. Can I get both knees done at the same time?

Maybe: Talk to your Orthopedist about this option. It depends on the type/extent of planned surgeries, your general health and other medical conditions, and how much support you have at home. One recovery / rehabilitation time is always better than two--unless Dr is concerned you will not do well "favoring both legs" at the same time. ...Read more

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Can a SLAP tear in the left shoulder and meniscus tear in right knee be repaired at the same time?

Can a SLAP tear in the left shoulder and meniscus tear in right knee be repaired at the same time?

Yes but depends..: Some orthopedic surgeons will but best to have fellowship trained specialist for each area, if ortho group has alot of doctors together they can coordinate surgery during the same anesthesia but this is rare, most like to divide it which is good ;be patient, takes time to rehab/heal each ...Read more

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My husband has multiple meniscus tears in his knee how long will he be off work after surgery since there is more than one?

My husband has multiple meniscus tears in his knee how long will he be off work after surgery since there is more than one?

Meniscus: Multiple tears vs single tear should not impact recovery time. If tears are trimmed/cleaned up, recovery is very rapid since bad tissue is removed and nothing has to mend. Not uncommon to be back to work within a few days (depending on type of work). Rarely at your age, tears need repair/stitching. In that case recovery much longer as the meniscus needs to heal. Can take 6 weeks or more. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tear your meniscus in the knee?

Is it possible to tear your meniscus in the knee?

Yes: Unfortunately, we can tear the meniscal cartilage in the knee. In younger patients, this is usually the result of significant trauma, such as a sports injury. As we age, sometime a patient can tear the cartilage with minimal trauma or a twisting injury to the knee. Some patients cannot remember the exact injury to the knee, since at the time the injury did not seem significant. ...Read more

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What are the ways you can tear your meniscus in the knee?

What are the ways you can tear your meniscus in the knee?

Twisting: The most common mechanisms of tearing the meniscus include deep squatting, or planting the foot and twisting the leg. The meniscus may also tear in association with a more significant injury to the knee, like a tear of the acl. ...Read more

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I've a small tear in my meniscus + defect in knee cartilage I'm 52 and in great shape. What exactly are my option? Any new reliable procedures?

It depends: Based on the tone of your question, I assume you mean surgical options. If not, non-op choices are the first step. If you mean surgical options, most small meniscus tears in your age group are cleaned up, ie not repairable. The options for the cartilage defect depend greatly on the exact site of the defect. Options include debridement, microfracture, or regenerative options such as aci. ...Read more

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What can be done about a tear in your meniscus in the knee?

What can be done about a tear in your meniscus in the knee?

Surgery: Surgery is indicated, and depending on the location of the tear and the quality of the tissue, a repair or a meniscectomy (removal of the torn portion) is indicated. ...Read more

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Will my knee always lock up due to a meniscus tear a month ago?

Will my knee always lock up due to a meniscus tear a month ago?

Possibly.: A torn meniscus can act like a "hangnail" and cause irritation and locking symptoms within the knee. You most likely will require arthroscopic surgery to take care of the problem. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my knee feels stuck after meniscus tear? Help?

Could you tell me why my knee feels stuck after meniscus tear? Help?

Caught in the joint.: The tear may be flipping in and out of the knee joint, causing locking or catching. Usually, with those types of symptoms, you would require arthroscopic knee surgery, to remove the torn piece of meniscus. ...Read more

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Could tearing your meniscus make it easier for your knee to dislocate?

Could tearing your meniscus make it easier for your knee to dislocate?

NO: The meniscus has nothing to do with stabilizing the knee joint on the grand scale. The ligaments in your knee stabilize your knee. Primarily the MCL, LCL, ACL and PCL ...Read more

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Can popping in back of the knee irritate the meniscus? Or is is a possible tear of the meniscus? I have been evaluated

Can popping in back of the knee irritate the meniscus? Or is is a possible tear of the meniscus? I have been evaluated

Suggest eval: Its hard to tell what's causing the pain.
With a careful orthopedic exam, the physician should
have a good idea about possible meniscal pathology.
If there is any question, an MRI would help confirm the diagnosis
popping and other various noises are somewhat nonspecific and often not that reliable. ...Read more

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Meniscus tear in knee--is it painful?

Meniscus tear in knee--is it painful?

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 more

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Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

No: Once torn, a meniscus does not generally heal on its own. It may however become asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Can you explain a knee scope for a meniscus tear?

Can you explain a knee scope for a meniscus tear?

Easy: Arthroscopy is minimally invasive procedure that entails making access points to the affected joints (holes) through which inspection is carried out. Then instruments are introduced in the joint cavity and whatever arthritis is seen is "cleaned up" and the torn meniscus/ligaments are sewn. ...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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What workouts can I do with a meniscus tear in my knee?

Workout as tolerated: Not all meniscal tears are the same. Unstable tears will cause pain when provoked by activities such as running, cutting, and pivoting (changing direction rapidly). Unless surgery is indicated, you should be able to slowly advance as tolerated with your normal workouts. Avoidance of high impact aerobic activities, running, jumping and deep knee bending is often recommended initially. ...Read more

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Does swimming exacerbate meniscus tear pain in the knee?

Not usually: Swimming can often be a fantastatic exercise for patients with knee injuries and patients suffering from arthritis. The water reduces the amount of pressure placed across the joint with activity. Aqua therapy is often a useful adjunct to a successful injury recovery program. ...Read more

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Can a cortisone shot fix a meniscus tear in the knee?

No: Meniscus tears will not heal on their own, but they may become asymptomatic. Cortisone acts as a local anti-inflammatory agent and may decrease the symptoms of some types of meniscus tears, but it will not fix the tear. ...Read more

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I have knee arthritis and a meniscus tear. What should I do?

I have knee arthritis and a meniscus tear. What should I do?

Arthritis & meniscus: If mild arthritis with primarily well-defined tear that is causing mechanical symptoms, then scope. If just mild degenerative meniscus without mechanical symptoms (locking, etc), then treat the arthritis primarily. ...Read more

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Is a displacement meniscus root a tear in the knee?

Is a displacement meniscus root a tear in the knee?

Root tear: Yes a tear of the meniscus root is a tear. This is often repaired to preserve the function of the meniscus. You can search for meniscus root tear and find several images online as well as the repair. ...Read more

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Is a displaced meniscus root a tear of the cartilage in the knee?

Yes: The meniscus is made of cartilage and any meniscal tear involves a tear of this cartilage. ...Read more

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What is the typical recovery time for a meniscus tear in the knee?

It depends: It depends on what procedure you will be having and whether or not there is any associated osteoarthritis as well. For a straightforward arthroscopy and removal of a torn piece of meniscus, the recovery is generally very rapid. If a repair is performed, the recovery is slightly longer. If there is osteoarthritis present, the recovery and theresults are less predictable. ...Read more

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If you have a torn meniscus in your knee does it tear more if you walk on it?

If you have a torn meniscus in your knee does it tear more if you walk on it?

Depends on…: Location of tear & degree of tear & types of activities u r involved in. Actions that involve rapid change of direction on weight-bearing knee can exacerbate injury. Simple walking shouldn't cause problems unless a piece of cartilage tears free (joint mouse) & catches, causing decreased range of motion. Follow up with orthopedic/sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Could a torn lateral meniscus in your knee heal, then tear easily a few weeks later?

Could a torn lateral meniscus in your knee heal, then tear easily a few weeks later?

Meniscus tears: Meniscus tears generally do not "heal" due to the fact that they have very poor blood supply. They may become less symptomatic with time. Generally surgery is more reliable to treat meniscus tears with partial removal of the torn tissue. Repairs are possible but less common. ...Read more

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Is it common for meniscus tears to hurt on and off? And too hurt on backside of knee?

Is it common for meniscus tears to hurt on and off? And too hurt on backside of knee?

Possible: Meniscus tears can wax and wane depending on the type of tear and the type and amount of loading and activity. If it is locking or catching, you may be causing more damage to your knee and it should be cgecjed ...Read more

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Tips for relieving knee meniscus tear pain? Would ice help? Sometimes locks on me too!

Tips for relieving knee meniscus tear pain? Would ice help? Sometimes locks on me too!

Meniscal tear: Ice would help, strengthening your quads and hamstrings will help was well, gentle stretching too ...Read more

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My left knee is hurting a lot. How can I figure out what's wrong? Did I tear my meniscus again?

Have it examined: The best way is to have it examined by your pcp or an orthopedist. X rays or an MRI may me needed to establish the cause of the knee pain. ...Read more