Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
176 Doctors are Online

Torn MCL, damaged cartilage and meniscus. Knee brace suggested. Any treatment other than this?

I completely tore my mcl, Lcl and acl 7 weeks ago Also damaged my meniscus and another cartilage 60 years old. No pivot sports so doc feels no surgery needed Physical therapist says my muscle strength improving well after 3 weeks of therapy. Then, met with doc on Monday and he said I will need to wear a knee brace all the time for rest of life. I was shocked and depressed. When I then said I did not want to wear a brace forever and would be open to surgery, doc seemed very reluctant to discuss surgerybas an option. I would appreciate any thoughts you can share.
Asked On : Sun, 21 Apr 2013
Answers:  1 Views:  41
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Procedures
Medical Topics
Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Wear brace for few days till you seek opinion of some knee surgeon to prevent further damage and your surgeon shall decide after MRI or arthroscopy whether reconstruction of ligaments is possible, to my mind it is possible using graft from own body tissues(ilio tibial band,or some muscle tendon) or by By a procedure called LARS(ligament augmented reconstruction surgery) in which carbon filament is sewed on damaged ligament bridging the gap and which makes healthy tissue grow to fill the gap,patient is mo bile as early as 6 weeks after LARS and conventional body graft takes as long as 3- to 6 months for mobility.
Meniscal injury can be assessed on MRI or arthroscopy and dealt with during ligament surgery itself, if still viable with some intact blood supply,can be repaired otherwise can be excised.
Answered: Sun, 21 Apr 2013
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor