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Meniscus Tear Recovery Time Without Surgery

Meniscus Tear Recovery Time Without Surgery

By and large, knee surgeries require months of recovery and, frequently, additional months of painful rehabilitation to regain strength and function. The exact length of this recovery varies with the type and severity of the tear, the procedure performed, and the patient’s health status, but it can be as long as six months.

Regenexx treatments are intended to help avoid the side effects of surgery and support the healthy cushioning environment that the meniscus provides for your knee. Generally, the recovery time is much faster than with surgery, and patients can return to normal daily activity levels within a number of weeks and to more active sports within a few months.

Meniscus tear recovery without surgery

Return to Daily Routine2 to 5 days6+ weeks
Return to Sports3 to 6 months1 year
RecoveryBrace, up to 6 weeks PTCrutches, brace, extensive, no driving, 3 to 6 months PT
Pain ManagementMostly over-the-counter pain medication (days)Prescription pain medication for weeks (weeks)
General AnesthesiaNoYes
Keep Your MeniscusYesNo

*Bone Marrow Concentrate Which Contains Stem Cells.

Yes, the meniscus is a viable living tissue. There are parts of the meniscus with good blood circulation, and tears in those areas heal best.

Physical therapy alone has been shown to be effective in healing some tears but frequently, the meniscus and the body need a helping hand to facilitate and speed up the process. That’s where regenerative medicine and orthobiologics, come in. Regenexx’s patented stem cell therapy protocol uses bone marrow concentrate (which contains stem cells) and precise image-guided procedures to help your body use its own healing abilities to treat the tear and avoid surgery1.

Am I a candidate?

Our nonsurgical orthobiologics repair protocols are supported by more than a decade of experience, published research, and patient outcomes, and include mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP).

Regenexx physicians customize treatments based on the individual to ensure each person gets the relief they need.

Take a look at the outcomes of two of our patients who chose to have a precise injection of their own stem cells into their meniscus instead of surgery. Scroll the arrow to the right to see the MRI of the meniscus before the treatment and to the left to see the outcome. The BEFORE shows a torn meniscus. Once treated, the area will look like a dark band going diagonally, as seen on the AFTER.

Patient 1 MRI

Patient 2 MRI

We maintain an active national patient registry to track patients’ progress and/or side effects after the procedure. On average, Regenexx knee meniscus patients report*:

  • Regaining averages of up to 74% function2
  • A 47% decrease in joint pain after one month2

*Outcomes accessed on March, 2021. View full up-to-date outcomes here.

The meniscus had been torn quite severely as the result of playing hockey with my kids. I am happy to report that with your help and lots of prayer I am 99% healed.

Hockey-loving father — Full patient story.

Note: Like all medical procedures, Regenexx procedures have a success and failure rate. Not all patients will experience the same results.

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