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How long can I wait to have my meniscal cartilage surgery after i've been diagnosed?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: It depends...

Whether you need surgery or not depends on what are your symptoms, the type and location of the meniscal tear. Typically, surgery is indicated sooner than later if you have significant mechanical symptoms (like catching, locking, giving way, and swelling), if you are a young patient, and most importantly, if your pain and disability precludes you from walking or other activities.

In brief: It depends...

Whether you need surgery or not depends on what are your symptoms, the type and location of the meniscal tear. Typically, surgery is indicated sooner than later if you have significant mechanical symptoms (like catching, locking, giving way, and swelling), if you are a young patient, and most importantly, if your pain and disability precludes you from walking or other activities.
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
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Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: Forever

The decision to proceed with elective surgery is yours to make after evaluating recommendations from your orthopaedic surgeon.

In brief: Forever

The decision to proceed with elective surgery is yours to make after evaluating recommendations from your orthopaedic surgeon.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: It depends...

If its a peripheral tear, one that occurs in the outer third of the mensicus, it can be repaired and should be as soon as possible so it doesn't enlarge.
If its small, invlves the inner two thirds, and is minimally symptomatic, you can wait and see if its going to be an ongoing problem. If it isn't then the tear doesn't require surgery.

In brief: It depends...

If its a peripheral tear, one that occurs in the outer third of the mensicus, it can be repaired and should be as soon as possible so it doesn't enlarge.
If its small, invlves the inner two thirds, and is minimally symptomatic, you can wait and see if its going to be an ongoing problem. If it isn't then the tear doesn't require surgery.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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