Importance of A Meniscus Surgery

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A meniscus tear is something that needs to be promptly treated as it is not something that can be joked about nor delayed of treatment. The meniscus is a part of the knee joints which is located in two areas—in the middle of the femoral and tibial junctions, and in front of the patella (knee cap). These meniscuses are important for two main reasons. Number one, the meniscus is responsible for maintaining the correct position of the knees and its adjacent structures. And the further function which is to ensure the correct distribution of body weight in both legs.

For people who have already heard of meniscus tears, it is not uncommon to hear it to have occurred among athletes, especially those who make extensive use of their knees and legs in the game. A meniscus tear can present with too much discomfort, e.g. frequent locking of the knees, popping sounds, and inability to extend the knees.

A meniscus tear is crucial because there are areas in the meniscus which do not receive blood supply—thus spontaneous healing may not take place. Good thing is the tear is located in the area where blood supply is sufficient; otherwise, a meniscus surgery may be necessary.

Why Is There A Need To Undergo Meniscus Surgery?

A meniscus surgery is aimed at removing or repairing the damaged meniscus. Reparation is done if the tear is not very much severe but in cases where the meniscus has become so damaged, it may require either a total or partial removal of the meniscus. In most cases, a partial meniscectomy is performed, most especially with the popularity of procedures like arthroscopy.

The option whether to undergo a meniscus repair or removal is greatly dependent on the type of meniscus damage. In case damage to the meniscus occurs in the edges where blood vessels are still present, repair may be performed. If the damage is present in the central region, even repairs will not be able to heal the meniscus so partial or total removal may be required.

Who Should Undergo Meniscus Surgery?

People with frequent bouts of knee injuries or symptoms like locked knees, clicking or popping of the knees, difficulty flexing and extending the knees are most common candidates for a meniscus surgery.

A meniscus surgery is performed commonly with the use of arthroscopes. Several incisions will be made in the knees to properly locate the meniscus and several instruments will be inserted to perform the necessary tasks through a monitor.

Prognosis of Meniscus Surgery

The prognosis for meniscus surgeries is dependent on the degree of damage to the meniscus and the chance of healing of the damaged part, and the further factor that the person must be able to comply strictly with the post operative rehabilitation. Rehabilitation after a meniscus surgery is indispensable because it promotes the return of the knees’ normal abilities and strength.

It is said that about 20-40% of meniscus surgeries lead to failure and repetition of the procedure. Definitely, no one wants to re-do the procedure because of the incurred expenses and hassle. Thus, it is very important to stay compliant with what your physician asks you to do.

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