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I am a healthy 51 year old male who has been having moderate medial knee pain for the last year or so. I had an MRI (report below) and my orthopedic doctor recommends arthroscopic surgery. However, my knee is strong (I do Bikram yoga 3x/week) and though I can't run well, walking is fine. But it does ache after sitting and fun stuff like tennis and basketball are out. In general I'm against surgery unless it's absolutely necessary. Just not sure what's best here. Any advice?
1. Flap tear of medial meniscus, involving body and posterior horn 2. Grade 2 chondral degeneration of the lateral aspect of the the medial patellar facet extending to the patellar ridge of a 1/2 cm area medial to lateral. Grade 2 chondral degeneration of the medial aspect lateral patellar facet extending over a 4.5 mm area medial to lateral. 3. Mild proximal patellar tendinosis. 4. Medial popiliteal cyst measuring up to 4.4 cm in longitudinal extent. 5. Intact cruciate and collateral ligaments
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