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When Meniscus Surgery May Be Necessary

Common causes of meniscus injuries include sports-related activities, degenerative changes due to aging, and traumatic accidents. When conservative treatments such as rest, ice, physical therapy, and medication fail to alleviate symptoms or when the tear is severe, surgical intervention may be necessary. Meniscus surgery is typically recommended for individuals experiencing persistent symptoms such as:

  • Knee pain, especially with twisting or squatting movements
  • Swelling or stiffness in the knee joint
  • Locking or catching sensations in the knee during movement
  • Difficulty fully straightening or bending the knee

The Surgical Procedure

During meniscus surgery, the surgeon selects either arthroscopic meniscus repair or meniscectomy based on the tear’s location and severity. In arthroscopic meniscus repair, small incisions are made around the knee, and a camera called an arthroscope is inserted to visualize the joint. Specialized instruments then stitch the torn meniscus edges together, promoting healing and preserving its integrity.

If the tear is too extensive, a meniscectomy may be performed, where the damaged portion of the meniscus is trimmed or removed to alleviate symptoms and improve knee function. Following surgery, the surgeon may address associated knee injuries, such as ligament or cartilage damage, to optimize outcomes and prevent complications.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, we specialize in providing advanced surgical techniques and personalized care for meniscus injuries. Our approach emphasizes:

  • Precise Diagnosis: Advanced imaging technology and thorough clinical assessments are utilized to accurately diagnose the location and extent of the meniscus injury
  • Individualized Treatment: Tailoring the surgical approach to each patient’s unique needs, whether it involves meniscus repair or meniscectomy, to optimize outcomes and promote long-term knee health
  • Minimally Invasive Techniques: Minimally invasive techniques are employed whenever possible to minimize tissue damage, reduce postoperative pain, and expedite recovery
  • Comprehensive Rehabilitation: Designing customized rehabilitation programs focused on restoring strength, flexibility, and function to the knee joint through targeted exercises and hands-on therapy

Post-surgical Care and Recovery

After meniscus surgery, patients typically undergo a structured rehabilitation program to aid recovery. This involves a combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), along with physical therapy exercises to strengthen the knee and improve the range of motion.

Patients are encouraged to gradually increase activity levels under the guidance of their healthcare provider, with regular follow-up appointments to monitor progress and address any concerns. Compliance with rehabilitation protocols and lifestyle modifications is crucial for optimizing outcomes and facilitating a smooth recovery.

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