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Should I have 80% of my meniscus removed?

I am a healthy 46 year old man. 5 months ago I sustained a serious knee injury. I have a large bucket handle tear with some pain and limited mobility. I have been trying to rehab the knee myself ever since the injury. I don’t think surgery would turn out well for me for the following reasons. 1) Dr. Wants to remove 80% of the posterior horn. 2) removal of 50-75% body/root. 3) some degree of ACL tearing (that will not be addressed). 4) high grade/full thickness articular cartilage loss throughout the medial compartment and elsewhere. I have occasional locking and catching of the knee and I walk with a cane. What is the typical outcome after surgery for such a large portion of meniscal loss.
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15695260 tn?1549593113
Hello and welcome to the forum.  So sorry to hear about your situation.  I do recommend working with a doctor.  If the first one you obtained an opinion from is something you are unable to fully trust, a second opinion is never a bad idea.  This is a very good question as the statistic is 80 percent of those with a meniscus tear do not need surgery.  

I do understand your concern as that is almost all of your meniscus, however, it is still not all.  This would then be a parietal meniscus removal and that has a better long term outcome for your lifestyle and comfort than a full meniscus removal.  A partial removal of meniscus surgery can be very effective.  Full removal possibly could affect stability of the knee, future osteoarthritis risk increases, as well as degeneration of the knee joint.  With either a partial or whole removal, care needs to be taken of the nerves passing through the knee.  

Living with the injury may not be feasible in your case with such a bad tear and recovery very well may require surgery, unfortunately. But do seek a second opinion to feel more comfortable with your choice.  Let us know what you think or decide to do.
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15695260 tn?1549593113
Hi worrywart, we sure hope you come back and update us. We'll try to help any way we can.
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