Meniscal Repair

Meniscal Repair
A meniscal repair is done by stitching the torn pieces of the meniscus back together. Meniscal repair sutures that have two ends which act as anchors for the knot are inserted into the joint. Once both ends are anchored, the sutures are tightened, and the meniscus is secured in its proper anatomical location. The number of anchors depends on the size of the tear.
Repaired Meniscus

Surgery

Arthroscopic surgery to repair a freshly damaged meniscus is indicated if the tear has good blood supply. The initial step is to reduce the meniscus back to its proper anatomical location. Once in place, the periphery of the meniscus is prepared to create a fresh bleeding surface, so that once the meniscus is stitched down, it will heal properly. A meniscal repair suture is then inserted into the joint. There are two ends of the suture that act as anchors for the knot. Once both ends are anchored, the suture is tightened and the meniscus is secure in its proper anatomical location. The number of anchors depends on the size of the tear. After sutures are secured and cut, the meniscus is probed to make sure it is stable. Recovery from meniscal repair takes longer than a meniscectomy, but all tissue is restored.

Recovery from Surgery

Trimming of a small portion of the meniscus is usually six to eight weeks for full recovery, depending on severity. Repair of the meniscus is usually around four to six months with an initial non-weight bearing period of two to four weeks. There may be recommendations to avoid squatting deeper than 90 degrees or limiting impact activities.

Outcomes of Surgery

Whether trimmed or repaired, surgery is generally successful in restoring full function and decreasing pain. Your doctor may make specific recommendations on impact activities in the future based on the severity of the tear.

Other treatments:

Adipose Tissue Stem Cell Injection

Regenerative Injection

Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Injection

Regenerative Medicine Treatment Options (Coastal Orthopedics)

Amniotic Fluid Injection

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injection

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Injection

R.I.C.E.

Medications

Physical Therapy

Meniscectomy