I have torn cartilage in my knee, do people come back better than ever after surgery?

Hopefully as good. Not all cartilage and meniscal tears are the same. The goals of cartilage surgery are to restore function and motion with minimal pain. The outcome for your knee depends upon the degree of damage found at surgery. Small focal tears tend to do better than larger diffuse tears. Your surgeon will be able to review your specific findings at surgery and give you the prognosis for your individual knee.
No. Absolutely not. No not expect any meniscal surgery to make you better than before the surgery. You may feel better then what you feel now, but even that is not a promise. You should see an experienced sports medicine doctor for further recommendations. At your age, meniscal surgery could have life long implications. Again, see a specialist and beware of overzealous surgeons.

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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. Read more...
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. Read more...

How long will it take to recover from a torn cartilage surgery of the knee?

Recovery variable. As you used the word "torn", i assume you mean meniscal cartilage. There ate two basic treatments: repair and partial meniscectomy. Repairs require time to heal and each type of tear repair has a unique time to heal . Partial excision only requires time for the joint to heal that is dependent on patient age, alignment, weight, muscle development and if any arthritis is present. Read more...

How long could it take to heal from surgery for torn cartilage in knee?

Few weeks... Depending upon the severity of the tear; and the course of physical threapy prescribed probably 4-6 weeks conservatively. Read more...
Depends. First, what do you wish to do. To get back to full activity it may take a couple of weeks to several. Depends on the shape you are in and if they shave off the cartilage or if they sew it back together. Read more...

My left knee has a torn cartilage which is really painful. I can't fully bend my knee when I lie down. Popping and locking as well. Surgery or not?

Possibly. Has torn cartilage been confirmed by an MRI? How long have you had symptoms? Have other treatments been tried, and did they help? If you have a torn meniscus that is causing significant pain, swelling or locking, then knee arthroscopy, a "scope," can be helpful to remove or repair the torn meniscus. If I can help, then join my care team & virtual practice at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes. Read more...

Why is my knee and leg so tired from walking I just had knee surgery and the surgeon removed 15 to25 pieces of torn cartilage behind the kneecap.

Followup. Would followup with your surgeon to discuss. It may just be a normal part of your recovery. Physical therapy may be of some benefit. Your surgeon would best know if you are making appropriate recovery or not. Read more...