Seven points to remember about knee arthroscopy:
1. It is of no value to treat Osteoarthritis and in fact can worsen the arthritis.
2. Meniscal tears are seen in MRI of patients who have no knee pain. Therefore just because one sees a tear on the meniscus in the MRI of the knee does not mean that the tear is actually the cause of the knee pain.
3. You most likely have a tear if your knee has a tendency to give-out. So be very careful not to fall. Hold on to the railings when going up and down the stairs. You may use a knee brace with metal hinges if the knee feels unstable. Cane is used here for stability and help with ambulation.
4. You most likely have a tear if your knee locks frequently. Again be careful and use a cane.
5. If you can tolerate the pain and can get around, there is no need to rush for surgery.
6. I would refer to an orthopedic surgeon if a knee with meniscal tear has recurrent swelling and has to be drained frequently or if the knee locks constantly making it very hard to walk.
7. If in doubt, you can always get a second opinion from a rheumatologist.