The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that serves as a shock absorber between the ends of the leg bones, helps lubricate the joint, and distributes body weight across the joint. Meniscal tears are typically caused by twisting or hyperflexing the joint. These tears can also occur due to degenerative processes caused by aging.
Meniscal Tear Repair
Many meniscal tears can be treated without surgery. However, if the symptoms from the tear fail to resolve with conservative management, surgery is often recommended. A knee arthroscopy is an outpatient procedure that can be done in under an hour. The torn piece of meniscus is either repaired or removed through small puncture holes and recovery takes place over several weeks. Meniscus transplant involves planting a new cartilage ring (from a tissue bank) in the knee. This is performed in cases where the tear is so severe that all or almost all of the meniscus cartilage must be removed. The transplant is performed with arthroscopic assistance, using small incisions. Any tissue remaining from the old meniscus is shaved away, and a small incision is made in the front of the knee through which to insert the new meniscus. Sutures are used to sew the transplant into place.
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