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Old 09-26-2012   #31
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Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger View Post
From the sounds of it, the doctors are not expecting to find a meniscus tear that requires REPAIR since this would require rehab and return to play measure more in terms of months.

So we are left with the impression (by the "short recovery" implication) the tear is a relatively small tear. If surgery findings confirm only a very small loose piece of meniscus being involved, it can be removed so that it does not cause additional cartilage damage through abrasive surface damage. Recovery can possibly be 1-2 weeks. If they go in there and find additional trauma that is not totally appropriate to simple excision but is not amenable to surgery, like in the middle portion of the meniscus which has no blood supply (referred to as the white zone, vs the red zone that has good blood supply-See figure below), or even a sprained knee ligament (which not uncommonly can be associated with the meniscus tear), the recovery time can by these factors alone easily be prolonged to 3-4 weeks anyway.

Furthermore, in this particular case, the Texans are not in a position where the return to play by one additional week or so would be absolutely critical. We don't know what the term "meniscus issue" really means.....hopefully it is indeed only a tiny piece of loose meniscus that happened recently (not one that was been allowed to move around loosely for a long time thus scraping other structures and creating more cartilage damage), and one with no accompanying significant trauma. If they didn't know prior to the scope, they will now. But we may not, except by extrapolation of how the recovery goes.


Thanks, doc. I love reading these. It would be boring from a book, but it's interesting when it relates to your football team.
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