Meniscal Repair Vs Meniscectomy

Get Successful Treatment & Tread Around With No Complications

Meniscus is the lubricating cartilage of the knee, which protects and supports the knee by absorbing external shock. It aids in mobility and stabilises the legs by spreading the body’s weight. When there is damage or tear in this cartilage, it causes a number of problems, like locking of the knee during movement and pain. At Omni, we understand the joy of watching your little one crawl, jump, and trot around. Hence, we offer the right treatment and the best post-operative care for you and your child.

Types of Meniscus Tears

  • Acute/traumatic meniscus tear: This may be caused due to injury, causing discomfort and pain if left untreated.
  • Degenerative tear: This is caused due to general wear and tear, which usually improves over time and disappears.

Causes of Meniscus Tear

  • Meniscus tear generally occurs due to injury while playing.
  • It may also occur due to overexerting the use of the knee.
  • Sports injuries can lead to Meniscus Tear
  • Falling from stairs or heights can also be the reason for this tear

Symptoms of Meniscus Tear

Pain while walking is the most pronounced symptom of a meniscus tear. Other symptoms include-

  • Swelling and stiffness
  • Limited knee movement
  • Popping noise
  • Feeling unstable in the knee.

Diagnosis & Treatment of Meniscus Tears

Diagnosis may include physical tests and imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI scans by the doctor to assess & determine the exact cause of your symptoms and the extent of injuries.

The consulting doctor may recommend the best treatment method for meniscal tears depending upon several factors such as age, the extent of damage and tear, etc. One or a combination of the listed treatments may be followed:

  • Meniscus Repair: Meniscal repair involves sewing the tear and anchors in place. It is often performed along with surgery for the ACL injury of the knee bend. 
  • Meniscectomy: In meniscectomy, the damaged meniscus is removed, known as debridement. It may be removed completely or partially depending upon the extent of the damage. 
  • Non-surgical method: If the meniscus tear is minor and on the outer edge, it may be able to heal on its own. Using physical therapy, medications and rest, the symptoms may be improved. Usually, the RICE treatment method is followed– rest, ice, compression and elevation.

Why Choose Omni Hospitals?

As a Women and Child Health specialist hospital, we at Omni offer comprehensive, personalised care and treatment to every patient with various health problems. With our well-experienced expert team of surgeons backed by tools & equipment of advanced technology, surgical procedures are performed as painlessly as possible with high precision. Our priority as the top healthcare provider is to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients.

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Q1. Which is better: Meniscal Repair or Meniscectomy?

Meniscal repair may be preferred over meniscectomy in certain patients. However, the decision to perform a Meniscectomy or Meniscal repair may be best taken by the consulting doctor.

Q2. Which surgery is best for a torn meniscus?

A torn meniscus may be treated by repairing or completely removing the meniscus. The means of surgery may depend upon the severity of the injury.

Q3. Why remove the meniscus instead of repairing it?

Removing the meniscus may help improve blood supply to the area and, thus, improves the patient’s symptoms. 

Q4. Is meniscus surgery successful?

The success rate of meniscus surgery varies between 60-95%.

Q5. Can I walk after meniscus surgery?

Many patients return to normal activities within a few weeks of using a crutch after meniscus surgery.

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