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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

I was told I have a posterior root rupture of the medial meniscus measuring 1.2 x 1.4 cm is the serious? I am having surgery in the morning.

Well. You need your surgery now any surgery has risks. So the surgeon will talk to you and explain the risks. But you will need to be corrected and then rehab.

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?

No. I would think that before you had surgery, you should have a new MRI, not one that was done almost a year ago.
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.

I have both a tear in the body of medial meniscus and a vertical tear in the posterior horn of the medial meniscus. Is this common? Will surgery be re

Meniscal Tears. Medial meniscal tears are common in the knee. The type you describe is the most common tear, affecting both the body and posterior horn. Surgery is an option if you continue to have pain along the inner part of the knee and, especially, if you have mechanical symptoms (locking or catching of the knee) during range of motion.
Yes. This is a common injury only your orthopedic doctor can give you specific advice and treatment options.