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Meniscus Repair

Meniscus Repair

One of the most common knee injuries is a torn or damaged meniscus. The meniscus is a pad composed of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin bone). While this injury can happen to anyone, athletes are more prone to meniscus injuries because of the contact nature of certain sports, and the twisting and stop-and-go motions that put stress on the knee. If you suspect that you’ve injured your meniscus because of swelling, knee pain, loss of mobility or range of motion, contact an orthopedic physician for evaluation.

Depending on the pattern, severity and location of the tear, surgery may be recommended to restore full range of motion. The two surgical options are the more traditional open knee procedure or the arthroscopic method in which a small incision is made and the meniscus is reattached or removed using small surgical tools. Arthroscopic knee surgery is becoming more common because it’s minimally invasive with less of a risk of post-surgery infection. Also, the recovery rate tends to be much quicker when the arthroscopic method is used.

Once surgery is completed, the rehabilitation and recovery rate varies from person to person. Your doctor will take into account such things as age, activity level and general health to determine your specific course of treatment. Generally though, you will be off your knee for roughly two weeks, followed by physical therapy and knee strengthening exercises. Rehab is important to the recovery of a knee injury, so it’s crucial for you and your doctor to discuss a rehab and recovery plan that’s right for you. Meniscus repair has a roughly 85 percent success rate given the severity and location of the tear.

The Longstreet Clinic
employs many orthopedic physicians, nurses practitioners and physicians assistants qualified to assess the extent of your knee injury and prescribe the best course of action. Please call us at (678) 207- 4500 . Or contact us online!
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