Information About Meniscus Injuries
Meniscus Tear Treatment
A meniscus tear, also called a torn cartilage, is common knee injury. When a meniscus tear is present, the torn cartilage may interfere with normal function of the knee joint. Surgical procedures such as a meniscectomy or meniscus repair are treatment options for a torn meniscus.
How Is a Meniscus Tear Different From a Cartilage Tear?
Doctors and patients often use the words 'meniscus tear' and 'cartilage tear' interchangeably. But do these words mean the same thing? A meniscus tear refers to a specific type of cartilage injury of the knee.
Meniscus Tears & Treatment
Meniscal injuries, or cartilage tears, are a common orthopedic problem. This article covers meniscus tears and possible treatments.
Treatment of meniscus tears may require surgery. If possible, your surgeon may attempt to repair the meniscus rather than remove the damaged cartilage.
A meniscus transplant is a procedure that replaces the wedge shaped cartilage of the knee joint. The meniscus transplant procedure uses donor tissue to replace tissue that was removed at a prior surgery.
A meniscal cyst is a collection of joint fluid outside of the knee joint. The joint fluid escapes, usually through a tear of the meniscus and forms the meniscal cyst. Treatment of a meniscal cysts depends on the extent of symptoms.
A discoid meniscus is a problem related to an abnormally shaped lateral meniscus within the knee joint. Treatment of a discoid meniscus depends on the extent of symptoms. Patients without significant symptoms do not require treatment. Patients with tears of a discoid meniscus may require arthroscopic surgery.
Can I watch my arthroscopic surgery?
Many patients want to know if they can watch their arthroscopic procedure. When I am performing arthroscopic knee surgery, I enjoy having patients watch the procedure on the television monitor. I think it helps a patient better understand the problem, and therefore it often helps the patient with their rehabilitation. Not all arthroscopic...
Ege's test is a physical examination maneuver used to detect a meniscus tear. When used with other standard tests for a meniscus tear, Ege's test can help to increase the accuracy of diagnosis.