Judgment call: Fixing a meniscus
A tear to the knee’s shock absorbing meniscus can be treated in two ways: trimming away the torn pieces, which can lead to future problems, or repairing the tear, which requires a longer recovery. “The rush to get someone back might lead you to take a meniscus that is repairable and you might trim it out, which might get them back faster but shortens the career, quite honestly,” said David Geier, a former physician for the St. Louis Rams. (Read related article)
Sources: Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery, MayoClinic.com. The Washington Post.