About Torn meniscus
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What is Torn Meniscus?
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in the knee that
cushions and stabilizes the joint. It protects the bones from wear and tear. A
sudden twist of the knee can tear the meniscus. In some cases, a piece of the
shredded cartilage breaks loose and catches in the knee joint, causing it to
How is Torn meniscus performed?
Before this surgery there are two therapeutic options
depending on the type of rupture. If the broken meniscus piece is small, it can
be removed, which is called a partial meniscectomy or a broken suture if it is
not possible to remove the piece.
Both interventions can be performed without the need for
open surgery. The intervention is carried out through two 4-millimeter
mini-incisions through laparoscopic surgery tools. The camera allows the
surgeon to see the lesion through an incision. The instruments are inserted
through the other incision to reduce the lesion. The surgeon can either remove
the broken part of the meniscus that causes discomfort (menisectomy) or, if the
tear is larger, both sections of the meniscus are sewn. The risks are low
because it is a laparoscopic surgery in which the incisions are small. This
surgery has a percentage of good results greater than 90%.
Author: Dr. Alberto Zafra, Trauma surgeon
September 2019 at 07:40 UTC
Last Updated: 05 September 2019 at 06:56 UTC
Duration of procedure/surgery : 45 minutes
Days admitted : In case of meniscectomy the patient in 3 weeks may be living a normal life. In case of meniscal suture the patient can return to normal life in four weeks.
Days of Stay in the Country: 1 week
Anesthesia : General anesthesia
Recovery : This surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis or with one day of admission.