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Department of Arthroscopy
Meniscus Tear Treatment

Find top-tier meniscus tear treatments at Sri Balaji Hospital, Chennai. Expert care for a swift recovery awaits you.
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Anatomy Of  Meniscus

The meniscus is a rubbery, elastic lining on the joint surface of the tibia (shin bone). It functions as a cushion or shock absorber between the two bones of the knee (the thigh bone as well as the shin bone).

Mode of Injury

It is one of the most common knee injuries, often resulting from a twisting motion. It can occur individually or in combination with another ligament injury (e.g., ACL). Typically, the medial meniscus is more susceptible to injury or tearing in comparison to the lateral meniscus.

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When to Suspect a Meniscal Tear?

History of twisting injury to the knee in recent past.
A popping sound/ sensation at the time of injury.
Persistent swelling, pain, and stiffness since the incident, even 2-3 weeks later.
Increased pain during knee twisting or rotation while walking.
Difficulty fully straightening the knee.
A sensation of the knee being 'locked in place' when attempting movement.
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Do All Meniscal Tears Require Surgery?

NO. Not all meniscal tears and injuries require surgery.

The decision regarding the necessity of surgery is based on the type and location of the tears. Simple tears often recover effectively without surgical intervention. Conversely, complex tears, including bucket handle tears or root avulsion, typically necessitate surgery to offer immediate pain relief and mitigate the potential onset of arthritis in the affected knee over the long term.

Types Of Meniscal Surgeries
  • Arthroscopic meniscal repair involves the repair of the meniscus
  • Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy involves the excision (trimming) of the torn meniscus.
  • Meniscal replacement is done using polycarbonate-urethane (PCU).
Post-Operative Period

You can:

  • Walk on the same day of surgery.
  • Start knee-bending exercises the next day.
  • Discharge within 24 hours.
  • Return to office/ school/ college within 2 weeks.
  • Return to vehicle driving within 2 weeks.
  • Return to running/intense physical activity within 6 weeks.
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