Can the meniscus grow back?

Can the meniscus grow back?

Can the meniscus grow back?

The part of the meniscus removed does not grow back, but is replaced by fibrous tissue. There is an increased likelihood of developing osteoarthritis in patients who have undergone complete (total) menisectomy.

What should you know about meniscal tear recovery?

  • Key factors that will influence meniscal tear recovery after surgery. Arthritis found at the time of your meniscus surgery will also significantly influence your recovery following an arthroscopy. If you have arthritis then you are missing some or all of the cartilage on the ends of the bones.

What happens if a meniscus tear is left untreated?

  • If not treated, part of the meniscus may come loose and slip into the joint. You may need surgery to restore full knee function. Untreated meniscus tears can increase in size and lead to complications, such as arthritis. Can A Meniscus Tear Heal On Its Own?

When does a meniscus tear occur in an older adult?

  • In older adults, the injury commonly occurs after years of normal wear and tear that weakens a meniscus. When intact, the menisci allow your thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) to easily glide over each other where they meet in the knee joint, behind the knee cap (patella).

How does arthritis affect your recovery after meniscus surgery?

  • Arthritis found at the time of your meniscus surgery will also significantly influence your recovery following an arthroscopy. If you have arthritis then you are missing some or all of the cartilage on the ends of the bones. Knees with arthritis are prone to being more “cranky” during the recovery process.

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