Operation to repair Meniscus tear in my knee

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I have recently developed a tear in my Meniscus ligament and have been advised by my Doctor that I do not require an operation to fixit because I have mild degeneration in my knee due to normal wear and tear.

He has told me that there would be no benefit in repairing it and that I should have a Steroid injection instead, my opinion is that this will be a temporary solution and that the pain and discvommfort will return, this is not a permanent solution to my problem. I suspect he is trying to put me off because I will require this treatment on the national health and not private treatment

Does anyone have experience of this kind of treatment from a Doctor?

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    Ask to see an orthpaedic surgeon
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    It very much depends on who/what you are, the degree of damage and where it is on the meniscus. I am sending you a pm with a link so it won't be censored for checking (I think that works at least).

    A few years ago I tore the anterior cruciate and the collateral medial ligaments in my left knee while skiing. The orthopod recommended conservative treatment - a brace that allowed a small graded amount of bend for 6 weeks. No surgery. The studies show the results after about 2 years are similar but with conservative treatment there are no risks of infection as there are with the surgery. The guy next to me was rather younger and a ski teacher - he was to start the same way with surgery as an option if the knee wasn't stable enough for his professional needs. 

    This wasn't NHS, this was in Italy, in a ski resort with an excellent reputation for sorting damaged joints. And in a private clinic. The orthopod told me later his sister-in-law had had the identical injury to me, his brother is also an orthopaedic specialist in Innsbruck and she had the op because her husband didn't want it to be said he hadn't given her the best. And another. And another. It wasn't quite right so they went in to revise it and then she developed an infection. After 2 years she was further behind than I was.

    So, no, he may be doing you a favour rather than trying to save the NHS money. My knee is fine, it is stable and I have no pain. I can still ski - though the black runs were left behind a long time ago!

    The link I'm sending you explains the thought behind the treatments.

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    See an orthopedic surgeon by all means. Steroids are very temporary, a few months at best. nYou didn't mention your age but my 73 yr old sister in law had qa tear 
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    See an orthopedic surgeon by all means. Steroids are very temporary, a few months at best. nYou didn't mention your age but my 73 yr old sister in law had a tear this summer. They gave her steroids to get her through a long time trip planned  to Europe but as soon as she got back to the states they had to fix it surgically. Little therapy and she was up and going again. I can see the injections being an ongoing band aid solution.
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    im hving kneecap issues too. it hurts to move at all and it pops and still feels swollen and it hurts to go upstairs and down stairs and i need to see a doctor. My mom said im probably growing but it doesn't feel like that. go see a orthopedic surgeon
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    I had a tear in meniscus. repaired.... its not a ligament though   it's cartilage. ..  I had most of it removed and now 2 years later I had a total knee replacement. . my doc tried steroid injections. . They worked for a while. ... It all depends how badly the tear is affecting your mobility. .. mine was pretty bad.. loose cartilage and a tear that caused knee to lock and give way..... I would stick with the injections and avoid surgery if you can ..
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    It depends on your age and your arays. I tore my medial latteral meniscus 5 years ago during a fall at work. I went to A&E. For work I wore a knee brace (12 hour nursing shifts) and had yearly xrays.

     am now 69 and in August had to give up work because of the pain. I saw the consultant early September who said I had to have a TKR urgently, based on the xray. I said I would take a cancellation. I had surgery 1st October. Younger people having a TKR usually have to have a second TKR 10 - 15 years later because theyre more active and the 2nd one is not as sucessful as the 1st.

     

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