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What are some of the pros and cons of having a arthroscopy operation on a meniscus tear?

What are some of the pros and cons of having a arthroscopy operation on a meniscus tear?

Relief of pain: Arthroscopy can remove or repair a torn meniscus, improving pain and function. Complications are rare, but like all surgery, it can result in infection, blood clots or other complications. Also, surgery is not guaranteed to be successful. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Arthroscopic Surgery (Definition)

Arthroscopic surgery involves looking inside of a joint with a very small camera. The joint is filled with water and the camera is placed into the joint, using small incisions. Most orthopaedic surgeons utilize arthroscopic surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including: meniscal and rotator cuff years, joint infections and inflammation, removal of loose ...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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Hi. I have a grade 2 meniscus tear I am having arthroscopic surgery on a friday can I return to work on monday?

Hi. I have a grade 2 meniscus  tear I am having arthroscopic  surgery  on a friday can I return to work on monday?

Grade 2 Tear: A grade 2 meniscal tear is only noticed on an MRI and general shows intra-meniscal changes without penetration to the surface. There are 2 types: globular and linear. Nearly always asymptomatic.
If your MRI indicates a grade 1 or 2 tear, but your symptoms and physical exam are inconsistent with a tear, surgery may not be needed. ...Read more

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What are good physical therapy exercises post arthroscopic surgery due to a meniscus tear?

What are good physical therapy exercises post arthroscopic surgery due to a meniscus tear?

Straight leg easier: When walking, place your foot in front of your body, landing on the outer heel of your foot. Your foot should land on either side of an imaginary line, and your toe should be pointed at 45 degree angle from the ground. Land with your leg straight, and keep it straight until after the leg has passed behind you. When your leg is behind your body, push off with your big toe forcing your body forward. ...Read more

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How long aft arthroscopic surgery (2 weeks ago)for medial meniscus tear should I be concerned re blood clots? Calf pain immed after surgery but no more.

How long aft arthroscopic surgery (2 weeks ago)for medial meniscus tear should I be concerned re blood clots? Calf pain immed after surgery but no more.

2 weeks.: Generally speaking, after about 2 weeks, you're out of the woods, as far as developing blood clots. However, we have seen patients develop them 2-3 weeks after surgery, but that's extremely rare. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have meniscus tear and arthritis under knee dr said joint replacement not arthroscopic surgery is long lasting help more do u agree ?

I have meniscus tear and arthritis under knee dr said joint replacement not arthroscopic surgery is long lasting help more do u agree ?

Arthritis: Hi, in older people with Arthritis the treatment for Meniscal tear is knee replacement rather than repair. Because the tear is most likely caused by the Arthritic joint.A study has been done and published in New England journal of Medicine and it shows Knee replacement is superior to repair, also Physical therapy in some cases is as equal to the surgery. ...Read more

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Been having stomach pain, mostly on the right side after taking my anti-inflammatory 4 times a day for my arthroscopic surgery for my meniscus tear. ?

Been having stomach pain, mostly on the right side after taking my anti-inflammatory 4 times a day for my arthroscopic surgery for my meniscus tear. ?

Al NSAIDS can cause-: -ulcers, gastric bleeding. With these symptoms please call your surgeon & inform him/her. In the meantime stop the med and use an antacid. Liquids work faster. ...Read more

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I had a torn meniscus. Treated with arthroscopic surgery. Meniscus related complaints resolved but i now. Have new complaints. Normal?

I had a torn meniscus.  Treated with arthroscopic surgery.  Meniscus related complaints resolved but i now. Have new complaints.  Normal?

More Specific: There are a few causes for continued or different systems following arthroscopic partial menisectomy. If the symptoms are pain in the front of your knee you likely need to see a pt to rehab the knee. If you have contined or intermittent swelling it may be related to pre-existing arthritis which may be treated by injections. Discuss your symptoms with your surgeon as they would best be able to help. ...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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Just had an arthroscopy for a lateral meniscus tear just wondering how long it will be till the stiffness goes away?

Week or two: With effort on your behalf to regain range of motion, stiffness usually resolves within 1-2 weeks following a simple arthroscopic meniscectomy. ...Read more

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I have a cyst in my left knee close to the medial meniscus. There is no meniscus tear (confirmed via MRI & arthroscopy). Could it be a ganglion cyst?

I have a cyst in my left knee close to the medial meniscus. There is no meniscus tear (confirmed via MRI & arthroscopy). Could it be a ganglion cyst?

Meniscus cyst: The location you have mentioned is more likely to be a cyst of the meniscus. A ganglion cyst of the joint is possible but knee is a very uncommon location for it. ...Read more

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Painful cyst in left knee adjacent to posterior horn of medial meniscus. No meniscus tear (confirmed via MRI & arthroscopy). Treatment options?

Painful cyst in left knee adjacent to posterior horn of medial meniscus. No meniscus tear (confirmed via MRI & arthroscopy). Treatment options?

See below:: Most cysts in the back of the knee are due to knee joint causes, which improve as the causes is treated. So my recommendations would be:
1: do nothing except maybe pain meds, for 3 months; if no improvement, then;
2: aspiration (removing fluid) under ultrasonic guidance for fluid/needle biopsy; or;
3: removal of the cyst through the back of the knee, to get tissue for biopsy. ...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?

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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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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I'm getting an arthroscopy to repair possible torn meniscus, how long will I need to wait until I can exercise?

Depends: If your meniscus is amenable to repair, you will usually be non-weight bearing for 4-6 wks. Early therapy will focus on range of motion. Follow your surgeon's instructions. ...Read more

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My mother had an arthroscopy torn meniscus a month ago but she still unable to walk for more than 5 mintues without pain she can't bend as well?

Postsurgical pain: Arthroscopic surgery is not without risk and one of those risks is pain and possible some instability thus, it is important to have physical therapy and have pain managed. The other issue is eliminating that underlying cause of tore meniscus which usually is degenerative and then obesity. ...Read more

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How long after knee arthroscopy can I start playing football I had the op 9 weeks ago for a torn meniscus?

How long after knee arthroscopy can I start playing football I had the op 9 weeks ago for a torn meniscus?

Should ask your M.D.: You should definitely discuss any level of return to play with your surgeon. The answer will depend upon whether the meniscus tear was repaired or simply debrided. Debrided or partially removed meniscal tears usually allow for an earlier return to sports than does a repair. ...Read more

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Constant hip ache/pain worse when resting, can't get comfortable. Had knee arthroscopy 4 weeks ago for torn meniscus but had hip pain prior to op?

Constant hip ache/pain worse when resting, can't get comfortable. Had knee arthroscopy 4 weeks ago for torn meniscus but had hip pain prior to op?

Possibly ITB : Many potential causes, one of the moe common is known as ileotibial band syndrome, which runs down the outside of the hip, down the lateral thigh, and inserts on the outside of the knee. Don't hesitate to be seen for a specific diagnosis and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have a lot of pain and have trouble walking 2 weeks after knee arthroscopy for a torn meniscus and arthritis clean out?

Is it normal to still have a lot of pain and have trouble walking 2 weeks after knee arthroscopy for a torn meniscus and arthritis clean out?

Not normal, but: any surgery has a side effects and pain is one of them.
After the knee arthroscopy it is expected to have pain up to 3-4 weeks. However, there are many good painkillers for acute pain available. Please, call your surgeon for pain medication adjustment post-op appointment. You should not suffer. ...Read more

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Hi! I am 6 days post left knee arthroscopy for torn meniscus/arth etc. I have pain &swelling in my thigh..Very hard as well as tender to touch.dvt-neg?

Hi! I am 6 days post left knee arthroscopy for torn meniscus/arth etc. I have pain &swelling in my thigh..Very hard as well as tender to touch.dvt-neg?

Thigh swelling: Could be just post operative swelling, an infection, or a less likely still a DVT. If you have seen a doctor and had the DVT study would be reasonable to wait a few days and see what happens. I would return to the doctor if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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I had medial meniscus tear repair surgery synovial plica inflammation and some cartilage damage 3 weeks ago I can't bend my knee is it normal?

I had medial meniscus tear repair surgery synovial plica inflammation and some cartilage damage 3 weeks ago I can't bend my knee is it normal?

Medial meniscus tear: After repair it may need upto 4-6 weeks to get good recovery. So please continue therapy. If your range of motion stopped improving then you need to see your surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Arthroscopy (Definition)

Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...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