Meniscus tear is the commonest knee injury in athletes, especially those involved in contact sports. A suddenly bend or twist in your knee cause the meniscus to tear. This is a traumatic meniscus tear. Elderly people are more prone to degenerative meniscal tears as the cartilage wears out and weakens with age. The two wedge-shape cartilage pieces present between the thighbone and the shinbone are called meniscus. They stabilize the knee joint and act as “shock absorbers”.
Torn meniscus causes pain, swelling, stiffness, catching or locking sensation in your knee making you unable to move your knee through its complete range of motion. Your orthopaedic surgeon will examine your knee, evaluate your symptoms, and medical history before suggesting a treatment plan. The treatment depends on the type, size and location of tear as well your age and activity level. If the tear is small with damage in only the outer edge of the meniscus, nonsurgical treatment may be sufficient. However, if the symptoms do not resolve with nonsurgical treatment, surgical treatment may be recommended.
Knee arthroscopy is the commonly recommended surgical procedure for meniscal tears. The surgical treatment options include meniscus removal (meniscectomy), meniscus repair, and meniscus replacement. Surgery can be performed using arthroscopy where a tiny camera will be inserted through a tiny incision which enables the surgeon to view inside of your knee on a large screen and through other tiny incisions, surgery will be performed. During meniscectomy, small instruments called shavers or scissors may be used to remove the torn meniscus. In arthroscopic meniscus repair the torn meniscus will be pinned or sutured depending on the extent of tear.
Meniscus replacement or transplantation involves replacement of a torn cartilage with the cartilage obtained from a donor or a cultured patch obtained from laboratory. It is considered as a treatment option to relieve knee pain in patients who have undergone meniscectomy.
Other Knee Treatments
- ACL Reconstruction (Patellar & Hamstring tendon)
- Arthroscopic Reconstruction of the Knee for LigamentInjuries
- Arthroscopic Debridement -Knee
- Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)
- Bicompartmental Knee Resurfacing
- Cartilage Replacement
- Cartilage Repair and Transplantation
- Computer Navigation for Total Knee Replacement
- Cortisone Injection
- Custom Knee Replacement Surgery
- Distal Realignment Procedures
- High Tibial Osteotomy
- Knee Arthroscopy
- Knee Implants
- Knee Ligament Reconstruction
- Knee Osteotomy
- LCL reconstruction
- Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction
- Meniscus Debridement
- Meniscus Repair
- Meniscal Surgery
- Osteoarthritis Management
- OATS (Osteochondral Autologous Transfer Surgery)
- Patellar Tendon Repair
- Partial Knee Replacement
- Partial Knee Resurfacing
- Partial Meniscectomy
- Patellofemoral Knee Replacement
- Physical examination of the knee
- PRP injection
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tear & Reconstruction
- Total Knee Arthroplasty
- Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy
- Total knee replacement
- Viscosupplementation Injection
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