Arthroscopic meniscus tear surgery is becoming an increasingly popular option to repair torn cartilage. In many instances, it is performed on an outpatient basis using a range of minimally invasive procedures. If you have suffered an injury, here is some information on what you can likely expect should you need to have surgery.
The type of surgery used will often depend on the area of the knee where the tear is located, the size of the tear, and other factors. In addition, your doctor will take your health, activity level and age into account.
How it Works
Arthroscopic meniscus tear surgery uses a thin tube known as an arthroscope that contains a light and a camera. The surgeon makes small incisions in the area and then inserts the arthroscope. Surgical instruments are then inserted through additional small incisions and then the meniscus is repaired using anchors or sutures.
The Recovery Period
There is a chance your surgeon will ask you to move your knee as little as possible for about two weeks after your arthroscopic meniscus tear surgery takes place. Then, you may be somewhat limited for another two weeks before you can get back to your regular, daily activities. However, your doctor may recommend that you begin physical therapy as soon as your surgery is done. Any sort of heavy activity, such as intense exercise or extended running, should be postponed for a few months. In order to heal in the most efficient manner possible, it will be very important that you follow your doctor’s rehabilitation directions to the letter.
In time, arthroscopic meniscus tear surgery should help your knee return to normal. An added benefit is that it could help prevent long-term issues such as osteoarthritis.
Plano orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard A. Marks has extensive experience in performing arthroscopic meniscus tear surgery. He will thoroughly explain the type of procedure you may need so that you are as well informed as possible before your surgery. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office online or call 972-301-2866.