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Meniscal Repair Surgery

Anatomy of the Meniscus

Two wedge-shaped cartilage pieces are present between the thighbone and the shinbone. These are called menisci. They stabilize the knee joint and act as shock absorbers. 

What is Meniscal Repair Surgery?

Meniscus repair is an outpatient surgical procedure to repair torn knee cartilage. A variety of minimally invasive procedures are used to repair a torn meniscus, and postoperative protection is required to allow for recovery.

Preparation for Meniscal Repair Surgery

  • A thorough examination by your doctor is performed to check for any medical issues that need to be addressed prior to surgery.
  • The doctor will ask you if you have allergies to medications, anesthesia, or latex.
  • You should inform your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or supplements you are taking.
  • Go for additional imaging tests such as X-ray or MRI as needed
  • You should refrain from alcohol or tobacco at least a week prior to surgery.
  • You should not consume any solids or liquids at least 8 hours prior to surgery.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home as you will not be able to drive yourself after surgery.

Procedure for Meniscal Repair Surgery

  • Meniscus repair surgery is performed under general anesthesia. 
  • The doctor sterilizes the surgical area and makes a small incision in the knee during the procedure.
  • A small tube with a camera called an arthroscope will be inserted through a small incision, which enables your surgeon to view the inside of your knee on a large screen. 
  • Small miniature instruments are inserted through other small incisions and the supporting structures of the knee are gently moved out of the way to access the torn meniscus.
  • The torn meniscus will be pinned or sutured depending on the extent of the tear.
  • The scope and instruments are removed after the repair is completed, and the incision is closed and covered with a bandage.
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