John Riggs wrote:
The other is still torn and stiffens and sometimes hurts if I do too much knee work. I'm hanging on it as long as I can (lose the cartilage = knee replacement later).
Sorry my posts are so long. John - a knee replacement is not neccessary after partial removal of the meniscus. It can regenerate to some extent, proper support through good muscle condition will help minimize arthritis.
As I said it's often possible to suture. If a piece of torn meniscus gets pressed in the joint you will have lots of pain and greater damage.
The doctor is going to smooth the rough bits to prevent that.
If you are going to get it done, do it sooner. It is like driving on a flat tire. Take your doctor's advice.