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What is a Meniscus Repair?

A TORN MENISCUS is a common injury often caused by forcefully twisting or rotating the knee. It can also be a result of degenerative changes in older adults. The menisci are C-shaped pieces of tough cartilage that rest on either side of the knee, between the thigh bone and shin bone. They help to distribute body weight across the knee so it can be properly supported by the bones in the leg, and also provide stability to the knee joint. A meniscus tear is common after a traumatic injury, and most frequently occurs when the knee joint is bent and the knee is then twisted. Torn menisci are common in athletes and older adults whose cartilage may have worn away.


A torn meniscus causes pain and swelling, and may also be accompanied by a frequently locking joint and the inability to completely straighten the knee. Some people experience a popping or clicking sensation within the knee as well.


Treatment for a meniscus tear often begins with conservative methods such as rest, ice or over-the-counter medication. If these treatments are not effective and symptoms continue, patients may benefit from meniscus surgery. Partial meniscectomy and arthroscopic meniscus repair are procedures in which the torn segment of the meniscus is removed, or if possible, the torn edges are sutured together, which allows them to heal properly. Some patients may require a full meniscectomy, a surgical procedure in which the entire meniscus is removed. The extent of your surgery depends on the location and severity of the meniscus tear.


Recovery from meniscectomy is often rapid, with most patients returning to fully activity after two to six weeks. With several weeks of immobilization and crutches, followed by physical therapy, most patients recover well from these procedures. The majority of patients undergo partial meniscectomy, but unfortunately, less than 10% of tears are actually repairable.

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