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Old 07-30-2012, 01:49 PM   #1
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Knee surgery or shots and rehab?

Hello to All!
I'm new here and I have a question I did not find answer to while looking around the board. Hope some of you may have a little impute.
The MRI from 7/27/12 says I have a "1.Near complete radial tear of the medial meniscus posterior root. 2. Mild cartridge fraying of the patellae median ridge and central trochlea. 3. Small joint effusion and small popliteal (Baker's) cyst." There are four other items that arenít an issue i.e. scarring of MCL & edema deep to the ACL at tibial attachment. My question is whether or not I'm looking at surgery or if it's going to be a couple of shots and rehab?

 
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Re: Knee surgery or shots and rehab?

It's tough to say. The surgeon will want to see the actual pictures from the MRI, so make sure that he has the films or disk. He'll look at it and decide whether it's likely to heal on its own and how much he can do to improve things if he operates on it.

There are two basic types of meniscus surgery. Sometimes a surgeon simply removes the damaged portion, to make it neater and prevent the tear from catching when you move your knee. Sometimes the surgeon sews the tear up.

The first one is easier to recover from, the second has better long term outcomes. Pretty much, if there's a major meniscus tear, you want to have it sewn up IF the surgeon thinks the repair is feasible.

I'm not sure how much that helped, but there it is.

 
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Re: Knee surgery or shots and rehab?

thanks jane. Do you know anything about the baker's cyst?

 
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Sometimes they remove them, sometimes they leave them. Depends on the size and location, and especially on whether the location seems to match your pain.

 
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thanks jane.

 
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