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Doctor insights on: Torn Medial Meniscus Surgery Recovery

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My doctor has diagnosed me with a torn medial meniscus in my right knee. He says the surgery is fairly quick, but how long should the recovery take?

My doctor has diagnosed me with a torn medial meniscus in my right knee. He says the surgery is fairly quick, but how long should the recovery take?

About 6 weeks: Not all meniscal surgeries are the same. So don't compare yourself with friends or online chat sites. It depends on other factors like how much arthritis they find. Typically it is a couple days on crutches, then regain motion , then strength, which in a routine meniscal case takes about 6 weeks. Make sure to get the swelling down and get your quad function back soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a torn medial meniscus and have been avoiding surgery for past 2 years. Are there any good alternatives that accomplish the same thing?

I have a torn medial meniscus and have been avoiding surgery for past 2 years.  Are there any good alternatives that accomplish the same thing?

No real alternatives: A meniscal tear that is symptomatic can be analogous to having a rock in your shoe. You can continue walking and having symptoms, or you could undergo arthroscopy to have the injured portion of the torn meniscus removed. Ice, elevation, physical therapy, nsaids are all reasonable to try, but when symptoms persist for greater than 3-6 months, surgery is a great option. ...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 are the dangers of medial meniscus surgery?

What are the dangers of  medial meniscus surgery?

Few: This is the most commonly performed ortho surgery. Risks include bleeding, pain, infection, damage to nerves (specifically the saphenous) and blood vessels, worsening arthritis down the road if part of the meniscus must be removed, failure of a repair to heal, chance of recurrent tear, failure of pain to resolve. These are all very infrequent and this is typically a very safe procedure. ...Read more

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Super nervous about medial meniscus surgery. What to expect?

Super nervous about medial meniscus surgery. What to expect?

Expectations: These surgeries are almost always done arthroscopically - through small incisions - therefore there is usually little recovery time. In rare cases, a meniscal repair is done, which can be more painful, and which usually requires protected weightbearing, which then lengthens the recovery time. Other than that, most patients do fine with medial meniscus surgery and recover quickly. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had medial meniscus arthosopy surgery for fraying 2yrs ago i now have spurs and cart damage.Is replacment viable at 60yrs old? Pain is constant.

I had medial meniscus arthosopy surgery for fraying 2yrs ago i now have spurs and cart damage.Is replacment viable at 60yrs old?
Pain is constant.

Stem cell: While joint replacement is always a viable option for patients with pain, the latest technology may allow patient's to save their joint and avoid major surgery. While still experimental, we have had significant success with using autologous adipose derived stem cell injections plus prp to regenerate damages in the ligament and tendon tissue. ...Read more

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Does 'mild extrusion of the medial meniscus" (U/s report) benefit from surgery? I'm 72, female and an active walker.

Meniscus: As the body ages, degenerative (or age-related) changes of the meniscus are common, including tears and varying degrees of "extrusion" (or bulging out). It is unlikely that surgery would be of significant long term benefit, unless you have frequent locking or catching of the knee along the medial (inside) area. Recommend continuing your active walking and consulting with an orthopedic surgeon ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with complex tear of medial meniscus last Oct by MRI. I twisted recently. I want surgery. Dr didn't order new MRI. Is this standard?

I was diagnosed with complex tear of medial meniscus last Oct by MRI. I twisted recently. I want surgery. Dr didn't order new MRI. Is this standard?

New 1 not necessary: Having a torn meniscus is like being pregnant… You have it or you don't. Since your MRI already showed you have a tear, you should've had surgery then. Now it might be more torn, but you still need surgery. You're orthopedic surgeon would not need a new MRI scan… He would just proceed with the operation that you should've had after the first MRI. ...Read more

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