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Multiple Meniscus Tears In The Same Knee
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Can popping in back of the knee irritate the meniscus? Or is is a possible tear of the meniscus? I have been evaluated
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My knee hurts after I push off the wall with a flip turn when I'm swimming, could it be a meniscus tear?
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