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Where a meniscus tear occurs is one of the most
important things that affects healing. Tears at the outer edge (red zone) tend to heal
well because there is a good blood supply. The inner area (white zone) lacks a
good blood supply and therefore does not heal well.
The type of
tear often determines whether a tear can be repaired. Longitudinal tears are often repairable. Radial tears may be
repairable depending on where they are located. Oblique (flap)
tears and another type called horizontal tears are generally not repairable.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerPatrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Current as ofMarch 21, 2017
Current as of:
March 21, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
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