Meniscoplasty, also known as meniscal repair, is a surgical procedure performed to address damage or tears in the meniscus of the knee.
The meniscus is a C-shaped cartilage located between the thighbone and the shinbone that helps cushion and stabilize the knee joint.
Benefits of Meniscoplasty
Some of the benefits this procedure offers include:
· Allow you to return to your activities.
· Symptom relief.
· Improved knee function.
· Prevents further damage.
Who is Candidate for this Procedure?
Meniscoplasty is very common as meniscus injuries are very common. People who play sports, and older people, are two groups who experience meniscus tears more often.
Sports-related activities can put significant stress on the knee joint. Athletes who participate in sports such as soccer, basketball, football, and tennis are at an increased risk of meniscus tears due to the repetitive movements involved.
On the other hand, meniscus tears are a common occurrence due to age. Over time, the meniscus becomes more vulnerable to damage and may weaken and wear down, making it more susceptible to tears during everyday activities.
1. Anesthesia: This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep, or regional anesthesia, which numbs the lower body.
2. Arthroscopic Access: Your surgeon will make small incisions around your knee joint, and an arthroscope, a thin tube with a camera and a light, will be inserted through one of the incisions to provide a clear view of the inside of your knee.
3. Meniscal Repair or Trimming: If your meniscal tissue is healthy enough, your surgeon will suture the torn edges of the meniscus together to repair the tear. If your tear is not suitable for repair, the surgeon will proceed to remove the torn portion of the meniscus.
4. Closure: After the necessary procedures are completed, the instruments will be removed, and the incisions will be closed with sutures.
Recovery After Surgery
Recovery from this procedure can take from six weeks to a couple of months. Your doctor may recommend you:
· Avoid putting stress on your knee.
· Take pain medication.
· Get physical therapy.
· Do rehabilitation exercises at home.
· Elevate your leg.
Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions to achieve proper healing after a meniscoplasty.