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Meniscus Repair

Meniscus repair is a minimally invasive procedure that treats tears in the meniscus and promotes a quicker recovery.
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Meniscus repair is a minimally invasive procedure that treats tears in the meniscus, a piece of soft tissue that sits on top of the tibia and cushions the knee. The procedure involves general anesthesia and pain medications to begin the process, followed by making 2-3 tiny incisions around the patella, and placing an arthroscopic camera into the joint for viewing the torn meniscus on a nearby monitor. Anchors are used to reattach the meniscus to the tibia and sutures repair the tear. The knee is then immobilized for comfort and patients can go home once alert and awake. Recovery time depends on the severity of the tear, but many patients return to normal activities 2-3 months after the procedure. Symptoms of meniscus tears include pain, stiffness, clicking or catching sensation, and swelling, which worsens with weight-bearing and physical activity. Our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained knee specialists provide patients with a diagnosis and treatment plan to relieve their symptoms.


Meniscus repair is a minimally invasive procedure that treats a torn meniscus. A board-certified anesthesiologist administers general anesthesia and pain medications to begin the procedure. After the patient is completely asleep, the following steps occur:

  • 2-3 tiny incisions are made around the patella (kneecap)
  • An arthroscopic camera is placed through the incisions and guided into the joint
  • The torn meniscus is viewed on a nearby television monitor
  • If present, pieces of torn cartilage are removed and remaining cartilage is smoothed
  • Anchors are used to reattach the meniscus to the tibia (shin bone) and sutures repair the tear
  • Incisions are carefully closed and sterilely dressed

The knee is placed in a comfortable knee immobilizer after the procedure. The patient goes home after they are alert and awake. Patients usually return to work 1-2 weeks after their procedure. Total recovery time depends on the severity of the tear. Many patients return to normal activities 2-3 months after the procedure.

What Does a Meniscus Repair Treat?

The meniscus is a piece of soft tissue that sits on the top of the tibia and cushions the knee by evenly distributing weight while standing, walking, running, and jumping. Falls and sports injuries are usually the cause of meniscus tears. Symptoms include the following:

  • Clicking or catching sensation
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling

Weight-bearing and physical activity make symptoms worse. Patients who experience symptoms and would like to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan may make an appointment with our Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained knee specialists.

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