WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS?
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.