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Diagnosed with meniscus tear. Pain in the knee. Surgery needed?

hi my name is tom - saw an orthopedic surgeon and was told i have a menistus tear - he was not that informative - i did not know what questions to ask and my options - after doping a little research on my own i have come up with a number of questions - i think i have a minor tear - since the menistur is a living tissue wil it heal itself - if surgery is recommended what is the procedure - is it repaired - is it removed - please comment - i have only slight pain and am using a hinged brace when working outside - oh yes i am 75 years young - thanks
Asked On : Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

As you are 75 years old, the likely possibility is a DEGENERATIVE meniscal tear

A few facts about meniscal tears -
* Not all meniscal tears needs surgical management
* Tears occuring in the peripheral rim of meniscus may heal spontaneously
* Symptomatic tears with pain, effusion and instability needs arthroscopic excision

The conservative mode of management for meniscal tear is as follows -
* activity modification by avoiding impact sports which causes more strain on the knee joint
* using an elastic compression bandage to reduce the swelling
* Ice packing to alleviate the pain
* Physiotherapy to strengthen the quadriceps muscle

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Sat, 20 Jul 2013
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