8 doctors weighed in:
Can a torn meniscus repair on its own?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not often
Imagine the meniscus as having the shape of a crescent moon.
The inner 2/3 has a poor potential for as it has no blood supply (necessary for healing). The outer 1/3 does have a blood supply and has the potential for healing. Surgery is often required to bring the torn meniscus together to allow for healing.

In brief: Not often
Imagine the meniscus as having the shape of a crescent moon.
The inner 2/3 has a poor potential for as it has no blood supply (necessary for healing). The outer 1/3 does have a blood supply and has the potential for healing. Surgery is often required to bring the torn meniscus together to allow for healing.
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree
In brief: In away
It can become less symptomatic it can't repairitcamt return to normal or fix itself.

In brief: In away
It can become less symptomatic it can't repairitcamt return to normal or fix itself.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Location of tear
Imagine the meniscus as looking like a crescent moon.
Radial tears (those occurring along the arc of the outer edge of the "moon") can sometimes heal because they are in an area where there is a good blood supply, which is necessary for healing. Other types of tears occurring along the inner arc will not heal as they occur in an area with little or no blood supply.

In brief: Location of tear
Imagine the meniscus as looking like a crescent moon.
Radial tears (those occurring along the arc of the outer edge of the "moon") can sometimes heal because they are in an area where there is a good blood supply, which is necessary for healing. Other types of tears occurring along the inner arc will not heal as they occur in an area with little or no blood supply.
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
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Dr. Nolan Segal
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No.
In rare cases a torn meniscus can repair itself.
Only specific tears have this capability. Most tears do not heal but the symptoms can subside.

In brief: No.
In rare cases a torn meniscus can repair itself.
Only specific tears have this capability. Most tears do not heal but the symptoms can subside.
Dr. Nolan Segal
Dr. Nolan Segal
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