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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.

SOURCES: 

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 26, 2020

SOURCES: 

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 26, 2020

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