Meniscal Tear Repair Surgery
Meniscus repair is a minimally invasive surgical treatment, employed by our best in class NYC orthopedic surgeons, used to restore knee joint stability in patients suffering from full meniscus tears. Meniscal repair involves the removal and /or repairing of the damaged cartilage or can involve meniscal root repair and reattachment if the tear is significantly damaged. This injury tends to happen due to sports injuries and our sports medicine specialist orthopedists can get you back on your feet quickly.
Please note: A doctor’s referral is NOT necessary from a General Practitioner to see our sports medicine or orthopedic surgery specialists for a consultation, 2nd opinion, or for treatment at our orthopedic practice – including meniscal tear repair or meniscal transplant surgery.
We offer full out of network insurance benefits for knee surgery and treatments (we will contact your insurance company and submit for you). You will enjoy the luxury and benefit of academic medicine in a top rated concierge environment without the hassle of long hospital waiting room times and paperwork.
Meniscus diagnostic tests, treatments and consultations can often be carried out on the same day. Our orthopedic knee surgery specialists have the ability to see our knee injury patients immediately; same day, nights and weekend and offer emergency services.
The meniscus is a soft rubbery structure between the femur and tibia in the knee. There is one on both sides of the knee a medial and lateral. Meniscal tears are very common and routinely treated by the Upper East Side, NYC, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Glashow as an out-patient surgery. Most commonly these tears are the result of sports injuries.
Symptoms & Signs That You may Need Mensical Repair or Reattachment
- Swelling of the knee which usually begins the same day or next day after an injury
- Pain is usually isolated to one side of side of the knee
- Locking of the knee is taking place.
- Persistent pain in the knee.
- Clicking or popping of the knee is present.
- Pain immediately present after a sporting injury.
Unfortunately, only about 15 to 25% of meniscal cartilage tears are actually surgically repairable by an orthopedic surgeon. This percentage goes down the longer the gap is between the injury and the actual arthroscopy. This means yous should seek the immediate medical attention of a Meniscal repair specialists such as the NYC orthopedic surgeon, Jonathan Glashow, MD, Also, these figures apply to patients under the age of 40. If the Mensical is irreparable a menicsus reattachment surgery, or other type of orthopedic knee surgery may be necessary such as a meniscal transplant.
Even though the recovery is longer for a meniscus repair than for a meniscectomy, any repairable meniscus should generally be repaired. Meniscus repair is considered when:
- The patient is healthy and wishes to remain physically active.
- The patient understands the rehabilitation.
- The meniscus tear is located in the periphery of the meniscus.
- The meniscus tissue is of good quality.
What is Meniscal reattachment / Meniscal root repair?
The root attachments of the posterior horns of the medial and lateral meniscus are very important for joint health and optimal performance. When these are severely torn, the loading of the joint is equivalent to having no meniscus whatsoever on the affected side. The orthopedic surgery technique of a meniscus root repair involves isolating the root and placing a sutures in the remaining meniscal to surgically engage attachment. In some instances, the meniscus posterior horn may need to be released from scar tissue to allow it to be re-positioned and attached.
It is best to seek a consultation with our NYC orthopedic surgeons to discuss your surgical options for your specific case.
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Our orthopedic surgeons pride ourselves with providing you highly personalized and comprehensive orthopedic care before,during, and after your Meniscal Repair surgery. Our philosophy of direct physician-to-patient care at every visit has made us one of the most trusted and respected orthopedic surgery practices on the Upper East Side in NYC. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.