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Doctor insights on: Surgery Meniscus Tear

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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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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What is the recovery time after surgery for meniscus tear?

What is the recovery time after surgery for meniscus tear?

Repair vs removal: This procedure is completed arthroscopically. You may have a meniscus repair or a partial menisectomy (removal). The repair is ideal, if possible, for preventing arthritic changes, but requires a longer recovery time. In either case recovery is relatively quick; you may start ambulating as tolerated post-op with a debridement. Post-op rehab will concentrate on motion, & quad strength. ...Read more

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How should I determine if I need surgery for a meniscus tear?

How should I determine if I need surgery for a meniscus tear?

Pain/catching= surg: Not all meniscal tears require surgery, but most do. The presence of pain, swelling and mechanical symptoms (catching or locking of knee) are common signs and symptoms that wil indicate a meniscus tear for surgery. ...Read more

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How long after surgery for a meniscus tear will i be able to drive again?

How long after surgery for a meniscus tear will i be able to drive again?

Meniscus tear: Driving following a routine knee arthroscopy that involves the right knee may take up to 2 weeks. For the left knee about one week after surgery. Patient must not be taking narcotics when driving! ...Read more

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How long will it take to recover from keyhole surgery on a meniscus tear ?

Repair vs debride?: A meniscus repair mandates a slower rehabilittion that allows the necessary biology of healing ot occur else the repair will fail. A meniscal debridement is more likely for most tears an affords a rapid rehabiltation with immediate advancement of motion and weight bearing to full as sson as you can tolerated both. Work (desk) is usally ok after several days to a week. ...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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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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Is it possible to play basketball again after having arthroscopy surgery because of meniscus tear?

Is it possible to play basketball again after having arthroscopy surgery because of meniscus tear?

Yes: Assuming the surgery was successful, once recovered from surgery and after post-op physical therpay. Just be smart, listen to your body, and take it easy. ...Read more

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2 weeks after outpatient orthoscopic surgery for medial meniscus tear should I still be concerned about blood clots? Can CT scan show clot?

2 weeks after outpatient orthoscopic surgery for medial meniscus tear should I still be concerned about blood clots? Can CT scan show clot?

Usually not unless..: Arthroscopic knee meniscectomy surgery is a relatively quick, benign procedure. It is performed at times with a tourniquet. Blood clots rarely occur after it. Some people have predisposing factors (smokers on birth control bills, clotting disorders). Keeping the leg active can prevent it as well as taking baby aspirin. Ultrasound evaluation is best for diagnosing a clot. If concerned c your doc. ...Read more