The meniscus helps to absorb any shock our knees may face in our daily activities. It is no surprise then that the meniscus runs the risk of being injured and torn. However, meniscus repair can restore your meniscus to its former glory and get you back into your daily routine. Below we have answered some common questions surrounding meniscus repair and how Angelo Mattalino, MD can help you.
What is Meniscus Repair Surgery?
Meniscus repair surgery is a type of arthroscopic surgery meant to repair the torn portion of a meniscus. During the surgery, the surgeon will suture together the torn edges of the meniscus, which then allows the meniscus to heal properly.
What is a Meniscus?
The meniscus is a tough, C-shaped cartilage located in the knee. The meniscus is meant to absorb any shock between the shinbone and thighbone. The body has two menisci per knee: the medial meniscus that is located on the inside of the knee, and the lateral meniscus located on the outside of the knee.
What are the Symptoms of a Meniscus Tear?
Symptoms of a meniscus tear can include:
- Popping or clicking sensation
- Knee stiffness
- Inability to fully straighten the knee
What are the Benefits of Meniscus Repair Surgery?
The meniscus is responsible for transmitting half of the force the knee is subjected to while straight and 85% of the force the knee is subjected to while bent 90 degrees during daily activities. Meniscus repair can decrease the pressure on the articular cartilage, reducing the chance of degenerative changes.
What is the Recovery Process Like?
Recovery from this surgery can take some time as the knee needs to be protected in order for the meniscus to heal properly. That is why the patient is usually instructed to wear a brace for the first few weeks.
Will I Need Physical Therapy?
In most cases, yes. Physical therapy after surgery is used to:
- Get the knee out fully straight
- Decrease swelling
- Regain quadriceps muscle control
Physical therapy can help reduce the amount of healing time.
Am I a Good Candidate?
You may be a good candidate for meniscus repair if:
- You are healthy and wish to stay active
- You understand the rehabilitation process
- The tear is located on the periphery of the meniscus
- Your meniscus tissue quality is good