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Overview: A Meniscectomy is a surgical procedure carried out to repair damaged meniscus by removing some or all of a meniscus from the tibio-femoral joint of your knee. Your doctor may recommend meniscectomy when:
Meniscectomy can be performed in two different ways-a) Arthroscopic surgery b) Open surgery. Meniscectomy surgery time is usually about 30 minutes, but if extensive work is needed, the procedure may last slightly longer
Arthroscopic surgery: This surgery is done using spinal or general anesthesia. Arthroscopic surgery is preferred by most of the doctors because it leads to a quicker recovery with less muscle and tissue damage. In this procedure, your doctor will make three incisions around your knee. He/she will then insert a lighted scope with a camera through one incision and tools to be used in the surgery will be inserted in the other two incisions. All structures in your knee will be examined with the camera. After your doctor locates your tear, he/she will remove a small piece or the entire meniscus depending on your condition. The incisions will be closed after the removal with sutures or surgical tape strips.
Open Surgery: This surgery is also performed in the presence of general anesthesia. A large incision will be made over your knee by your doctor in order to expose the entire knee joint. He/she will then examine your joint and identify the tear. Next, he/she will remove the entire damaged meniscus and stitch the incision or close it with staples.
You will be asked to avoid impact activities such as running and jumping.
Meniscus: A meniscus is a crescent-shaped fibrocartilaginous anatomical structure that, in contrast to articular disks, only partly divides a joint cavity
Tibio-femoral: The tibiofemoral is commonly called the knee.Learn Less
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