Meniscal removal and repair surgery is a common orthopedic procedure used to treat meniscal tears.
Meniscal removal and repair surgery is a procedure that involves the removal or repair of the meniscus, a C-shaped piece of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the thigh bone and the shin bone in the knee joint. The meniscus can become damaged due to injury or degeneration, causing pain, swelling, and limited mobility.
During meniscal removal surgery, the damaged portion of the meniscus is removed through a small incision in the knee. This procedure is known as a partial meniscectomy and is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Recovery time is relatively quick, with most patients able to resume normal activities within a few weeks.
Meniscal repair surgery, on the other hand, involves repairing the damaged meniscus rather than removing it. This procedure is typically performed when the tear is located on the outer edge of the meniscus, where there is a good blood supply to aid in healing. Meniscal repair surgery is more invasive than meniscal removal surgery and requires a longer recovery time.