Meniscal Tear Repair Surgery
The meniscus is a vital cushion between the femur and tibia in the knee joint. There are two menisci in the knee joints, one on the inside and one on the outside of the joint. Severe knee injuries can result in a torn meniscus that can impact the health and function of the joint. In some cases, meniscal tear repair surgery can be performed to restore the damaged meniscus, which is available through Jonathan L. Glashow, MD orthopedic surgery and sports injury center in Miami, FL.
Causes and Symptoms of Meniscal Tears
The meniscus is a rubbery substance that protects the bones in the knee joint. Like other types of cartilage, it can be torn and damaged but does not heal well on its own. These c-shaped cushions are susceptible to injury when the knee is twisted or rotated. While meniscal tears are more common in athletes, anyone can experience this injury when stress is placed on the knee. Symptoms of a torn meniscus include:
- Knee swelling and stiffness
- Popping sensation
- Locking of the knee joint
- Difficulty straightening the leg completely
- Pain when rotating or twisting the leg
Meniscus injuries may not have symptoms immediately and occur in the hours and days after the knee injury. While some minor tears of the meniscus may heal without surgery, those with severe tears may need surgical repair or transplants to restore full function.
Not all torn menisci can be repaired, but the outcome has a higher percentage of success when completed quickly after the injury. Anyone who has a severe knee injury with symptoms of meniscal tear should have their knee examined to determine the extent of the damage. Dr. Glashow and his experienced orthopedic team can recommend the best treatment to restore stability and function for the knee joint after a meniscal tear.
If you have a knee injury that may include a meniscal tear, come see us at Jonathan L. Glashow, MD orthopedic surgery and sports injury center. Contact our facility in Miami, FL, to schedule your appointment to discuss your treatment options.