Can You Repair A Meniscus Tear Twice

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How do you know if you tore your meniscus again?

Pain, especially when twisting or rotating your knee. Difficulty straightening your knee fully. Feeling as though your knee is locked in place when you try to move it. Feeling of your knee giving way.

What causes repeated meniscus tears?

Meniscus tears are common in people of all ages, but are more likely to occur as you get older and your tissues begin to degrade. Athletes frequently suffer meniscus tears because of the tremendous forces they put on their knees while jumping, running, or twisting.

How likely is it to Retear your meniscus?

Patients with a symptomatic lateral discoid meniscus in this cohort had a high rate of meniscal retears (59% at 8 years) following meniscal repair or partial meniscectomy. These subsequent tears contributed to the high reoperation rate (39% at 8 years).

Will walking on a torn meniscus make it worse?

If your doctor has told you that you don’t need surgery to repair your torn meniscus, you may be given the green light to walk. However, you’ll want to be very careful about movements that might worsen the tear or cause you pain. Avoid squatting and pivoting, which are likely to place too much pressure on the knee.

What happens if you don’t repair a torn meniscus?

An untreated meniscus tear can result in the frayed edge getting caught in the joint, causing pain and swelling. It can also result in long term knee problems such as arthritis and other soft tissue damage.

Can you have multiple meniscus tears?

One meniscus can have multiple tears at the same time. Meniscus tears in younger people are usually associated with trauma, such as a sports injury or slipping off a ladder. In younger people the tears are often smaller and cleaner.

Which meniscus is more likely to tear?

The medial meniscus is more vulnerable to injury to due to its intimate attachment to the medial collateral ligament. The moveable lateral meniscus is less prone to tear except when the ACL is injured.

Which is worse a medial or lateral meniscus tear?

However, it is well known that if a lateral meniscus is taken out, the consequences are almost always worse than having a medial meniscus resected.

How do I know if my meniscus surgery failed?

If the knee does well and there are no significant symptoms, then it follows that the tear must have healed up and the repair was successful. If, however, a patient is unlucky enough to develop recurrent symptoms and ongoing problems with the knee, then the assumption is that the attempted repair has failed.

When does a meniscus repair fail?

Three months following meniscal repair if pain and disability persist, a failed meniscal repair may be suspected and can be confirmed by performing a repeat arthroscopy. Factors that may cause a failed meniscal repair include: Patients older than 40 years of age. Delayed treatment.