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Does a tear in the knee cartilage always need to be fixed surgically?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Commonly- not always

Symptomatic cartilage lesions within the knee that cause pain, swelling, loss of motion, weakness, or locking do eventually require surgery.
Cartilage tears that are not symptomatic do not require surgical intervention.

In brief: Commonly- not always

Symptomatic cartilage lesions within the knee that cause pain, swelling, loss of motion, weakness, or locking do eventually require surgery.
Cartilage tears that are not symptomatic do not require surgical intervention.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Kirt Kimball
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: No

Some tears are minor and don't affect the joint.
Some have the ability to heal but most do not. If persistently symptomatic, the surgery is usually your best option.

In brief: No

Some tears are minor and don't affect the joint.
Some have the ability to heal but most do not. If persistently symptomatic, the surgery is usually your best option.
Dr. Kirt Kimball
Dr. Kirt Kimball
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