I have a torn meniscus in my knee. Do I have to have surgery?

No. A meniscus can heal on its own. This typically occurs in the first 6 weeks or so after injury. However, some tears become asymptomatic and can be managed with injections and physical therapy. If pain and swelling persist despite nsaids, pt, rest, injections, then usually a surgery is warranted depending on how much arthritis is in the joint. Speak to your ortho surgeon for more detail.
Maybe. It depends on your symptoms and the location of the meniscal tear. Some small tears located in the vascular areas of the meniscus may heal, while others usually do not. But if symptoms are severe or interfere with activities of daily living, then surgery is the best choice.
No, it depends. Knee surgery is not always indicated in meniscal tears. Are you in pain? Limited range of motion? There are many types of tears, large ones, small ones, stable and unstable ones. You can get fragments that are displaced or flipped, these usually need surgery. Prior to having surgery the orthopaedist will try to determine if your signs and symptoms are related to the meniscal tear or to other.

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If you have a torn meniscus, which is the cartilage in your knee, do you need to get surgery to fix it?

Not always. Pain from meniscal tears often settle down with therapy. Surgery only needed for continues pain or locking of the knee. Read more...
Usually. If it is painful yes. If it blocks your motion yes. If you can't bend or straighten all the way yes. If you are limiting your activity due to the pain or fear of pain, yes. If your knee is swelling a lot, yes. If it doesn't hurt or limit your activity then no. Read more...

What to do if I think I might have a torn meniscus on my right knee : (do I need to do surgery for that?

Good candidate. Depends on the severity of the tear, but w/ the failed conservative treatment that you describe (pt & injections) i would think that you are a good candidate for surgery. While many options such as pt & injections may help relieve your symptoms, you are likely to have lifelong complications w/ a torn meniscus such as arthritis. You should see an orthopedist to help evaluate. Drmarkgalland.Com. Read more...

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...

I had a bad torn meniscus so I had a surgery two weeks ago, why does the back of knee hurt when I move it sometimes?

Let me explain. One of two thing . It could be from the surgery and during manipulation of the knee this happened. The other reason could be complication of the surgery few people have tendency to have blood clots which cause that . Read more...
Inflammation. The most likely reason is due to swelling/inflammation in the area of your meniscus tear/surgery as most meniscus tears tend to be in the back part of the knee. Sometimes sutures are placed into the meniscus to repair it back to the lining of the joint. Fluid in the knee also can leak into the soft tissues in the back part of the knee which can lead to discomfort as well. Read more...

I had surgery to repair a torn meniscus about a year ago, and my knee still hurts if I am active for too long. Shouldn't it be healed by now? Or is there another problem?

Either. It may be healed and you are feeling scar tissue. It may be a new injury. Remember, surgery tries to correct an anatomical problem, but it cannot guarantee relief of pain; especially if there was damage down that could not be repaired. Read more...
May just be arthriti. Its common to have articular cartilage wear in the knee called osteoarthritis. Meniscus pain is sharp & acute, common with twisting and squatting. Arthritis pain is usually a dull achey pain with first getting up, after long periods of activity, at night at the end of along day, with stair climbing, rising and sitting, getting on and off the toilet. Xray shows space lose. See you doc try injection. Read more...

Is it common for my knee to still pop a week after surgery repair of a torn meniscus?

Yes. This is common after this type of surgery. Popping that causes no pain is benign and can be ignored. Sometimes "popping" originating at the knee cap is due to muscle atrophy and improper tracking...This will get better with physical therapy. If you have concerns contact your surgeon. Read more...