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When might surgery be needed for a meniscus tear?

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If a tear is large, unstable, or causing locking symptoms, surgery may be needed to either repair or remove unstable edges. The procedure is usually pretty simple, and you can often go home the same day. You may need a brace afterward for protection if a repair is performed.

From: Meniscus Tear Knee Injury WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: ''Meniscal Tears.'' 

Calmbach, W. , Sept. 1, 2003.  American Family Physician

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: ''Meniscal Tears.'' 

Calmbach, W. , Sept. 1, 2003.  American Family Physician

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

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