If you are suffering from chronic knee pain, and also experience limited mobility in the knee, your meniscus may be damaged. There are different types of meniscus tears, and these are determined by the location and severity of the tear. While smaller tears can be treated with medication, larger ones require surgical treatment. But what are some of the things you need to know about meniscus surgery?
What is the meniscus?
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that is located between the femur (thigh bone), and the tibia (shin bone). It acts as a shock absorber, because it absorbs a large portion of the load that is faced by the knee joint cartilage. There are two menisci in the knee, the lateral meniscus on the outside, and the medial meniscus on the inside.
The meniscus can become injured by the sudden twisting of the knee that brings unexpected load or pressure to bear on it. This can cause the meniscus to tear, which is a common injury among athletes, especially those in contact sports such as basketball and football.
Knee arthroscopy is the surgical treatment often recommended to repair a meniscal tears. Surgery is performed with the aid of an arthroscope, which is a thin flexible device that has a video camera attached to the end of it. The arthroscope is inserted via tiny incisions, and the device allows the surgeon to clearly see the internal structures via a large screen. The damaged parts of the meniscus are removed using small instruments known as scissors, or shavers (learn more).
If you have been having persistent knee pain, then visit your orthopedic surgeon for a proper diagnosis. Dr. Frank McCormick is an experienced orthopedic surgeon with offices in Miami, Orlando, and Palm Beach. You can book an appointment today by calling 1-844-LESS-DOCS.