The meniscus is the C-shaped cartilage that surrounds both sides of the knee, providing balance, support, and shock absorption in healthy knees. A meniscal tear can be the result of anything from a sports injury to exertion that results in forceful pressure on the knee during regular everyday activities. Meniscal tears can often heal on their own without surgery, but if the tear is severe and a piece of the torn cartilage moves into the joint space, causing excessive pain, swelling, and limited mobility, it can require surgery to correct.
Torn Meniscus Repair Surgery
Orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Steven Meier of Meier Orthopedic Sports and Regenerative Medicine in Los Angeles often use a procedure known as arthroscopic surgery for torn meniscus repair surgery. This surgery involves making a series of small incisions and using an arthroscope to repair damage in the knee. Arthroscopic knee surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, and patients can usually resume normal physical activity once a series of post-surgical rehabilitation exercises have been completed. This is especially beneficial in cases where the patient is a professional athlete and the risk of repeated injury is greater due to overuse. However, meniscal tears are the most common knee injuries and can affect non-athletes as well.
The type of surgery and post-surgical rehabilitation plan will depend on several factors, including the degree of severity of the tear and a patient’s specific profile (such as age, fitness, and activity levels). Surgeons can recommend that patients keep the knee immobile up to two weeks after surgery, although rehabilitation exercises will begin right after surgery. Each rehabilitation plan is individualized for the patient, and it is important to follow your physician’s plan to ensure an optimal recovery. Resuming regular physical activities like walking and driving will depend on the progress made during the initial post-surgical rehab.
To learn more about torn meniscus repair surgery, please contact Dr. Meier by calling (310) 777-7845.
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