Meniscus tear and arthroscopic surgery

A meniscus tear is a common injury to the cartilage that stabilizes and cushions the knee joint. Most tears are degenerative and caused by years of wear.

We use arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus. The procedure will be performed ambulatory. The surgeon inserts a thin tube (arthroscope) containing a camera and a light through small incisions near the knee and is able to see inside the knee without making a large incision. Surgical instruments can be inserted through other small incisions and the instable and torn parts of the meniscus will be removed. Due to the arthroscopic gentle kind of operation most patients are able to go home  the day of their surgery.  Following the procedure you will stay in a hotel with daily consultations in our outpatient clinic and then begin a training programm that has been carefully coordinated with the healing process.  To support the healing process only partial weight bearing is permitted for 1 week.

 

Meniskus
Pictures:
1. Arthroscopic view: intact meniscus
2. Arthroscopic view: torn meniscus
3. Arthroscopic view: meniscus after surgery

 


Pictures:
1. MRI:  torn meniscus
2. Arthroscopic view: torn meniscus
3. Arthroscopic view: meniscus reconstruction

Video: Meniscus surgery