The menisci are the cartilages that connect the femur to the tibia bone in the lower leg. They keep the bones from rubbing together and provide stability to the leg. They also act as shock absorbers, absorbing the pressure placed upon the knee. When you develop a tear in the meniscus, you will need to have surgery to repair it. Angelo Mattalino, MD in Phoenix, AZ offers meniscus repair surgery. We perform most meniscus repair surgeries on an outpatient basis, so you will be home the same day.
What Causes Meniscal Tears?
A sudden twisting motion or similar movement, often happening during sports or a fall, is the main cause of a meniscal tear. Meniscal tears are more common in people over 30. There are fewer tears in people under 30 because the meniscus is still tough and rubbery. As we age, the meniscus begins to weaken and injuries become more common.
What are the Symptoms?
The torn cartilage produces pain and swelling in the knee joint. Twisting motions, bending the knee and vigorous activities make the symptoms worse. If a piece of the torn meniscus gets caught in the knee joint, it can cause a catching sensation or lock the knee.
Why Should I Have Meniscus Repair Surgery?
It is important to save the healthy meniscus cartilage; it provides stability to the leg to maintain your mobility. If the meniscus is torn, then the knee becomes unstable, making walking difficult, and arthritis could develop. Meniscus repair surgery protects the knee from further damage and provides pain relief. Reduced pain and increased mobility allow you to maintain your active lifestyle.
What Surgical Options are Available?
When possible, the first surgical option is meniscus repair. Other options include meniscus removal and, rarely, meniscus replacement.
Anyone with a torn meniscus should consider meniscus repair surgery. If you feel you can benefit from this type of surgery, consult the team at Angelo Mattalino, MD in Phoenix, AZ. Contact our office today to book an appointment.