The knee is one of the most commonly injured joints in the body, and meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries.
The orthopedic knee surgeons at the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence, in Beverly Hills, are experts in knee arthroscopy and meniscus repair surgeries. As leaders in their field the surgeons will work with you to devise an individualized plan for conservative treatment or minimally invasive surgery in order to deal with your meniscus tear. To learn more about our specialized treatment plans or to schedule a consultation with one of our excellent surgeons please contact us at (888) 429-6865.
One of the most common knee injuries is a torn meniscus. The meniscus can be torn during physical activity when the knee twisted in a fixed flexed position. It is frequent for such injuries to occur within athletic activities such as football and basketball. During these highly agile sports, athletes are injured during motions involving running while attempting to turn mid stride.
At the moment you tear your meniscus a popping sensation may be experienced. A meniscus tear can go unnoticed, and in some cases athletes have been known to continue playing throughout a game completely unaware of the tear. It may take several days for you to realize that something has happened as swelling from a meniscus tear takes several days. The lasting swelling occurs because the meniscus is avascular (there not sufficient blood circulation present), therefore swelling begins quickly after the incident and remains for a longer duration. Some other symptoms of torn meniscus include:
- Delayed swelling and stiffness
- Catching or locking of the knee
- Decreased range of motion
- Sensation of the knee being loose or giving way
The Meniscus and Its Anatomy
The knee joint is complex with four ligaments, three bones (femur, tibia, and patella), cartilage and menisci. Menisci are fibrocartilaginous joint tissues that are found in between the tibia and femur.
At the Surgery Center of Excellence our experts knee surgeons will work to individualize a treatment plan for your injury. Treatment can be as simple as resting, icing, ace wrapping, and elevating the leg at night; or it may involve minor outpatient surgery. The meniscus can be divided into the outer thirds or inner two thirds. A tear in the outer third may be possible to heal on its own with conservative management because of its rich blood supply. However a tear in the inner two thirds, has less blood supply, therefore may require surgery for treatment.
Meniscus Repair Surgery – Knee Arthroscopy
Knee arthroscopy is the most standard minimally invasive knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The surgery is performed with 2 or 3 small incisions that are made in the knee. Through one of these tiny holes the orthopedic surgeon will place a small fiber optic camera, allowing them to view the internal knee on a projected screen. In the other incisions they will place their tools, which allow them to repair the meniscus tear. The tear in the meniscus will be fixed either through trimming, suturing or anchoring.
The typical arthroscopic meniscus repair procedure is done under an hour and you will be able to go home the same day. Recovery from the surgery will depend on several factors including: the extent of the injury, your age and commitment to physical therapy. Most people are able to return to work within a week or two.
Contact a Los Angeles Knee Surgeon
The Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles houses the most well renowned orthopedic surgeons in the country. We utilize the latest and most effective minimally invasive procedures when performing meniscus repair surgeries on a torn meniscus. To schedule a consultation with one of our talented knee surgeons in Los Angeles call (888) 429-6865 or fill out our contact form.
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