Do I have to have an arthroscopy on my knee for a torn cartilage?

Usually- not always. Not all cartilage and meniscal tears are the same within the knee. Only symptomatic (bothersome) tears are routinely indicated for arthroscopy. You should discuss your knee injury and symptoms with your orthopaedic surgeon.
Torn meniscus. If the meniscus tear is symptomatic it is usually best to repair it, the earlier the better, in order not to produce damage to the bearing surface of the knee.

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My r knee has swollen over night and I'm finding it hard to weight bear. I had a dual arthroscopy six years ago for torn cartilage, cld it be that? .

Arthritis vs tear. People who have had a previous tear of a meniscus treated with partial or complete excision are at risk for arthritis of the knee in the years following. This could causeswelling and pain on weight bearing. Progression or re-tearing of the remaining meniscus can occur and cause same symptoms.

How effective is arthroscopy for fixing torn cartilage in my knee? I am an athlete and want the best possible treatment for my injured knee. Is arthroscopy going to allow me to return to full function, or should I opt for traditional surgery?

Hello: Most. Hello: most cartilage tears in the knee, whether it's the meniscal cartilage or the articular cartilage, can be and are fixed arthroscopically these days. There are few indications where cartilage needs to be fixed via "traditional surgery" if that means opening the joint up. These include large articular (surface) cartilage defects that require special techniques like autologous chondrocyte implantation or cadaver graft of cartilage and bone plugs. As far as return to full function, it is more dependent on the nature of your injury and not as much on the surgical technique chosen. I would choose a surgeon who is confident in both open or arthroscopic techniques to address your issue, and can make the best decision for you depending on what challenge your knee injury poses. Again, in "cartilage" problems of the knee, this usually means planning primarily for an arthroscopic approach and then if needed adding the open approach. But if that is the case, it should not be seen as a problem: every injury is unique, and your surgeon needs to be able to solve your problems, whatever technique (s) it need (s)! I hope this helps! Sincerely, jim hsu, md seattle, wa.
Very effective. There are two basic types of cartilage in your knee--the meniscus (between the bones) and the articular (covering the bones). "torn cartilage" usually refers to a torn meniscus. Arthroscopic surgery is very reliable for resolving symptoms like catching, locking and giving way. Recovery is typically short with no long term restrictions. Complications are infrequent.

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.