One injury that is commonly sustained in the knee is a meniscus tear. One of the surgical procedures we practice is meniscus repair to help restore wellness to the knee.
Mattalino Orthopaedics is led by Dr. Mattalino who is a renowned orthopedic surgeon who strives to improve the wellness of all of his patients. Dr. Mattalino and his expert medical staff welcome patients from all areas. Contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment and find out how we can restore a healthier and improved quality of living!
What is a meniscus tear?
A meniscus tear is a common injury that affects the cartilage that provides a cushioning for the joints in the knee. Depending on the type of tear and its location will ultimately determine whether it can be repaired or if an alternative approach may be in order.
How is a meniscus repair performed?
Depending on the size and location of the meniscus tear will determine the course of repair. Meniscal repair includes surgical repair, partial meniscectomy (the extraction of the area that is damaged) or total meniscectomy (complete surgical removal of the meniscus). Surgical repair of the meniscus can be achieved with open surgery. A tiny incision is made to open up the knee so that our orthopedic experts can examine and repair the damaged meniscus. The damage can be restored with sutures or anchors.
What can I expect after meniscus repair surgery?
Following your meniscus repair surgery, we strongly advise that you keep movement in the operated knee to a minimum for at least 2 weeks. Depending on the extent of the surgery performed will ultimately determine the amount of time you should limit the movement of your knees before you may resume your regular schedule. Vigorous exercise such as running or squatting should be avoided for a few months.
What results can I expect?
Surgical repair of the meniscus may result in a decrease in discomfort and restored healthy knee mobility. One of the benefits of repairing a torn meniscus is a greater chance of preventing future possible complications such as osteoarthritis, which is the deterioration of the cushioning cartilage in the joints. To find out what results you may expect along with other benefits from this procedure, meet with our orthopedic staff today.
If you are experiencing pain in the knees, contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment so we may help you determine the best course of action to improve your quality of living.