Meniscus tears are among the most common of all bone and joint injuries. Surgery to treat them – usually a partial meniscectomy – is also one of the most common surgeries orthopedic surgeons perform. Do you always need surgery for a meniscus tear? In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I answer that question for a woman who wonders if her knee would get worse if she didn’t have surgery.

Silvia asks:
What if you don’t have your torn meniscus repaired? What are the consequences with time? Will it do it more harm not having the surgery?

Many people with meniscus tears have pain or symptoms like locking, catching or popping in the knee that keep them from doing what they want to do. If they aren’t getting better with non-surgical treatments, then arthroscopic knee surgery can be helpful.

Surgery for patients with degenerative meniscus tears – especially older patients with osteoarthritis in the knee – is often unnecessary. In this video, I discuss who possibly could avoid surgery and whether there is a risk of further damage to the knee.

Do you need surgery for a meniscus tear?

Also read:
Ask Dr. Geier – Do you need surgery for a meniscus tear?
Ask Dr. Geier – Meniscus repairs that don’t heal

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