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Offline elkenyon

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old ACL tear and new meniscus tear
« on: July 18, 2016, 05:47:39 PM »
Long story short, trip and fell 9 weeks ago.  Had an MRI done last week.  Doctor tells me I have a very old ACL tear along with a new meniscus tear.  Pain level is almost non existent.  Going on vacation in October opting to wait until then to do anything.  Never even knew I had an ACL tear, think it happened like 25 to 30 years ago.

Question is can I just repair the meniscus tear and not the ACL?  Has anyone had this experience. 

Not sure if I should even poke the bear.  Doesn't give me any pain why fix it.

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Re: old ACL tear and new meniscus tear
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2016, 06:29:36 PM »
Leave well alone I'd say :) how old are you? It may not be repairable, only trimmable which will increase your chances of arthritis sooner or later. If you develop mechanical issues in the joint that might require surgery, if no pain, leave in peace :)
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
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Re: old ACL tear and new meniscus tear
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2016, 07:35:02 PM »
I'm 45 :-X, and I was thinking the same thing about the ACL tear.  However the meniscus is a bit troublesome. :-\ :'( 

Thank you  :)

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Re: old ACL tear and new meniscus tear
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2016, 08:56:49 PM »
Troublesome how? Buckling, locking or mainly pain?  It's probably a degenerate tear given your age, if you start down the trimming route, you'll potentially end up with more tears down the line

I'm 44 (just :) ) have a lateral and medial tear in my left knee, being left well alone., I had a traumatic lateral tear trimmed in 2010, only because my knee was locked bent for 5 months and began to buckle. If just some pain, I'd avoid anything that exacerbates it and work with a physio to strengthen the muscles to support the knee, will help with a sub optimal ACL too

However, of course, you could have the meniscus trimmed without going through an ACL reconstruction, a much more invasive surgery. Discuss with the surgeon if you choose to go that route
« Last Edit: July 18, 2016, 08:59:36 PM by Vickster »
Came off bike onto concrete 9/9/09
LK arthroscopy 8/2/10
2nd scope on 16/12/10
RK arthroscopy on 5/2/15
Lateral meniscus trim, excision of hoffa's fat pad, chondral stabilisation
LK scope 10.1.19 medial menisectomy, trochlea microfracture, general tidy up















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