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Overview: A meniscal tear is a tear in the cartilage, or meniscus, that is located between the femur and tibia bones in the lower part of your leg. The menisci provide stability and help distribute body weight by preventing the bones from rubbing together.
A meniscal tear is caused by sudden twisting or other sudden movements that may occur from sports or severe injuries. Such injuries are generally more common for people over 30. Meniscal tears can also occur from conditions such as osteoarthritis rather than a particular injury. Treatment for meniscal tears basically focuses on keeping pain and inflammation under control.
Some prime benefits of meniscal tear repair are relief from pain and better mobility. Repairs for meniscal tears is considered to be a safe procedure, thus allowing patients to maintain a normal and active lifestyle.Learn More
Arthroscopic surgery to diagnose and repair meniscal tears generally lasts an hour. If the meniscus can be repaired, the procedure is completed during arthroscopic surgery; another incision is made, and the surgeon uses surgical instruments to repair the meniscus.
A meniscus repair involves suturing the torn edges back into place and allowing the meniscus to heal on its own. Only a minor percentage of menisci are repairable using this method. In most cases, a partial meniscectomy is required where part of the meniscus is removed, and the healthy tissue is left intact. Recovery from a partial meniscectomy is easier, but there are some future risks, such as the development of arthritis. In most cases, if the meniscus is in good condition, despite the tear, meniscal repair is preferable to removing the meniscus.
You will be asked to avoid impact activities such as running and jumping.
Arthroscopic surgery: It is a surgical procedure orthopaedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint.
The word arthroscopy comes from two Greek words, "arthro" (joint) and "skopein" (to look). The term literally means "to look within the joint."Learn Less
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