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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

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 knee surgery for a medial meniscus tear, how long does it take to start feeling better?

I had knee surgery for a medial meniscus tear, how long does it take to start feeling better?

~6 weeks: Typically will take 6-8 weeks of physical therapy plus independent exercises (per therapist) to see recovery. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery for a meniscus tear about 2 months ago. I am still having popping, locking, and giving way. I had this before surgery also help?

I had knee surgery for a meniscus tear about 2 months ago. I am still having popping, locking, and giving way. I had this before surgery also help?

Locking not normal: 2 months after arthroscopic knee surgery it is still normal to have some discomfort and mild swelling which can produce popping. As a surgeon, I get concerned if my patients still have locking 2 months after surgery. Although it can still occur from chondromalacia (cartilage irregularities especially under the knee cap), I offer my patients a repeat MRI to look for loose pieces or a retear. ...Read more

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I am having arthroscopic right knee surgery for a posterior root tear. What exactly do they do for that? I also have a large medial meniscus tear.

I am having arthroscopic right knee surgery for a posterior root tear. What exactly do they do for that? I also have a large medial meniscus tear.

Trim away: Most meniscal tears are trimmed away. In a rare case, in a young person, the meniscus can be repaired.

The root is part of the meniscus wear it attaches near the back of the knee. ...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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I am planning for arthroscopic knee surgery for medial meniscus tear. I have heard they will trim of torn miniscus, isn't it reason for early arthritis?

I am planning for arthroscopic knee surgery for medial meniscus tear. I have heard they will trim of torn miniscus, isn't it reason for early arthritis?

No: Having surgery does not cause arthritis in and of itself. Injuring your knee/tearing the meniscus may lead to arthritis whether you have surgery or not. Once the meniscus is torn it (the torn part) is not functional. The reason for surgery is to eliminate pain and/or mechanical symptoms (locking, catching). You may develop arthritis in future from injury, not the surgery itself. ...Read more

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What happens if I don't undergo knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

What happens if I don't undergo knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

Time will tell: Not everyone who has a meniscus tear needs surgery. What happens to the meniscus if you don't do surgery is it will either get better and not bother you or it will interfere with your normal daily activities. Statistically, most meniscal tears don't heal. If you can do what you need and want to do, delay surgery. ...Read more

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What could happen if I don't get knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

What could happen if I don't get knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

Depends: It depends on the size, location, and tear pattern of the meniscus tear. It also depends on your age and activity level. The spectrum of nothing to continued damage to the articular cartilage and progression of arthritis. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if I don't get knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

Could you tell me what happens if I don't get knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

Varies: Symptoms will likely stay the same or worsen over time. Arthritis can develop if there is a large tear causing friction within the joint. If conservative treatment has failed, surgery is likely the only thing that will help. ...Read more

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When should the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

When should the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

It depends: This can vary widely depending on what type of tear you have, whether it is repaired versus partially excised, and what type of work you need to return to. Simple partial excisions in someone with a sedentary job can mean return to work in 2-3 days. Higher demand jobs that require that you be on your feet a lot can take 2-4 weeks. Meniscus repairs might need to be protected for several months. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when does the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

Can you tell me when does the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

1-2 weeks: Depending on the type of work done, sedentary jobs can return to work within a few days, active jobs may require a bit more time and babying. Sutures (if used) usually come out in 7- 14 days so I recommend waiting till they come out. It there is no associated knee problem (arthritis) the biggest hinderamnce to returning to work iws hte muscle weakness associated with the tear. ...Read more

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What to do if I had arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus 7 months ago and my knee feels the same it did before surg?

Follow up: I would not hesitate to discuss this directly with your surgeon and if you are not fully satisfied with the answer do not hesitate to seek a second opinion. There are many possible causes, your surgeon would be the most able to tell you the likely reason. ...Read more

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Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery. Is an upright or recumbent bike better?

Start recumbent: Using an upright bike will put more pressure on your knee while it is healing and is not recommended, while a recumbent bike has less pressure and helps to keep range of motion of joint and maintain muscle tone. So, start with recumbent bike after surgery. When the knee is feeling better and stronger, then you can shift to an upright bike. ...Read more

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What causes the stiffness and discomfort after arthroscopic knee surgery is done for repairing a torn meniscus?

What causes the stiffness and discomfort after arthroscopic knee surgery is done for repairing a torn meniscus?

Trauma: To muscles, tendons, joint, meniscus and bony surfaces!

the tissues are stretched, cauterized, and bruised. ...Read more

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Should the swelling be gone? I had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 2 weeks ago, and my knee is still swollen at times. Is that something I should be concerned about?

Should the swelling be gone? I had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 2 weeks ago, and my knee is still swollen at times. Is that something I should be concerned about?

It: It will usually take a few weeks for the swelling to subside. If you have some arthritis as well as a meniscus tear it can take longer for the fluid in your knee to be absorbed. At two weeks post-operation I would not be too worried about having an occasionally swollen knee. ...Read more

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Daughter 21 yrs old had torn meniscus knee surgery 2 days after surgery the foot&toes r ice cold on the same leg as feeling&movement worry &concerned?

Daughter 21 yrs old had torn meniscus knee surgery 2 days after surgery the foot&toes r ice cold on the same leg as feeling&movement worry &concerned?

Concerned Mom: Hyperactive sympathetic nervous system réponses are not unusual post operative. This is more common when a tourniquet has been used. Be sure that she is walking to prevent blood clots. Hot tea and mom's warm chicken soup would help. Dad would suggest a shot of something that would cause peripheral vascular dilatation. Keep her active and it would not hurt to call the surgeon's office. ...Read more

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Daughter 21 yrs old had torn meniscus knee surgery 2 days after surgery the foot&toes r ice cold on the same leg as feeling&movement such I be worried?

Daughter 21 yrs old had torn meniscus knee surgery 2 days after surgery the foot&toes r ice cold on the same leg as feeling&movement such I be worried?

Don't quite under-: -stand the? . The blueness in the toes is common. It is a response to injury, and involves a circulatory response especially if the leg is dependent. The rest is not a question. When she starts to have less pain & is weight bearing this usually goes away. If not, call your surgeon. ...Read more

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Knee surgery for broken femur + torn meniscus a couple years ago. Still in pt but in constant pain but I take ibuprofen daily. Why does it still hurt?

Knee surgery for broken femur + torn meniscus a couple years ago. Still in pt but in constant pain but I take ibuprofen daily. Why does it still hurt?

Femur & meniscus: If injury was intros articulate, may have irregular, painful, arthritic joint. Other possibilities include scar, verve problems, & soft tissue injury with pain. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should your knee recover from meniscus tear surgery?

Doctors can you tell me when should your knee recover from meniscus tear surgery?

Repair vs debrided?: If you underwent a partial removal of the torn portion of the meniscus (partial mensicectomy), your recuperation period would generally be quicker than if you underwent a repair of the torn meniscus (meniscal repair). Jogging is routinely allowed by 3-4 months after meniscectomy, and after 4-6 months when it is repaired. Underlying arthritis (cartilage loss) would also slow your recovery. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only way to fix a medial meniscus tear in the knee? Can someone having burning and there knee?

Is surgery the only way to fix a medial meniscus tear in the knee? Can someone having burning and there knee?

Knee surgery: A meniscal tear can be treated conservatively or non operatively with physical therapy and a knee sleeve understanding of course that this will not "heal" the tear. As long as one is not experiencing "locking" symptoms and decreased range of motion with stiffness -assuming of course you do not have dramatic arthritis there is no immediate rush for knee arthroscopy. ...Read more

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18 yr old female with a possible meniscus tear. Do you recommend surgery? Will I be in an knee brave immobilizer? How long until I can drive after?

Yes/no/maybe: It depends how bad the tear is and which meniscus. Many meniscal tears can be treated with physical therapy alone. I would start by seeing an orthopedist or sports medicine dr, possibly getting an MRI to see exactly what's going on inside, and try pt. Many surgeries can be prevented with pt. ...Read more

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Hurt at work, left knee, horizontal meniscus tear. Right knee, oblique tear medial meniscus. Do I need surgery?

Hurt at work, left knee, horizontal meniscus tear. Right knee, oblique tear medial meniscus. Do I need surgery?

Meniscus Tear: With that kind of specific knowledge your must have had an MRI of your knees. Without a knowledge of your symptoms and exam of your knees it is impossible to know wether you need surgery or not. The simple presence of a tear without any corresponding symptoms or exam specific to that area would not need surgery. Either would minimal or mild symptoms which resolve with rest and no surgical care ...Read more

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I am suffering from knee pain diagonised with medial meniscus tear...Can I heal it without any surgery...Should I wear a brace?

Rarely: The meniscus of the knee has for 90%+ no circulation and because of it little potential to heal. Unless the tear is small and very peripheral (where circulation is best) it will not heal on its own. Surgery is advised for tears that are causing locking of the knee. Your symptoms have to correlate with the MRI findings to recommend surgery. ...Read more

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26, knee oa - meniscus tear/ scope surgery 10 yrs ago - was ncaa athlete. Drs say distal femoral osteotomy. Can I improve my alignment w/ pt instead of surgery? Now low impact lifestyle and no pain

26, knee oa - meniscus tear/ scope surgery 10 yrs ago - was ncaa athlete. Drs say distal femoral osteotomy. Can I improve my alignment w/ pt instead of surgery? Now low impact lifestyle and no pain

Somewhat: Yes, I would maximize physical therapy and an "unloader" knee brace, customized for your misalignment. This brace provides some realignment to you while weight-bearing. If you fail to see satisfactory results with conservative management, then an osteotomy could be helpful for you. Keep your weight at a healthy level, as this may be the #1 modifiable factor to prevent progression of your arthritis. ...Read more

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24 female, mri: medial meniscus tear (i've had for 10yrs) mild chondromalacia. Knees ache most when seated. Could strengthening/pt substitute surgery?

24 female, mri: medial meniscus tear (i've had for 10yrs) mild chondromalacia. Knees ache most when seated. Could strengthening/pt substitute surgery?

Absolutely: Nonoperative treatments like strengthening and therapy are always the first choice before surgery. When you have given these a real effort, and are still bothered by your complaints, then the only real option to get better may be to have the 20 min scope procedure and move on. Give it an honest try and then decide if surgery is right for you. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more