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How might your doctor treat a meniscus tear?

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If your doctor’s exam shows your meniscus tear is mild (Grade 1 or 2), you may not need surgery. If it’s Grade 3, you probably will. Your doctor might do any of the following:

  • Arthroscopic repair. Your doctor will make small cuts in your knee. He’ll put an arthroscope in to get a good look at the tear. Then he’ll place small devices that look like darts along the tear to stitch it up. Your body will absorb these over time.
  • Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy. Your doctor will take out a piece of the torn meniscus so your knee can function normally.
  • Arthroscopic total meniscectomy. During this procedure, your doctor will take out the whole meniscus.

From: Do I Need Surgery for a Meniscus Tear? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth.org: “Meniscus Tears.”

Mayo Clinic: “Torn Meniscus.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Arthroscopy.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Repairing Torn Meniscus.”

Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington: “Torn Meniscus,” “Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair,” “Meniscectomy.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 12, 2017

SOURCES:

KidsHealth.org: “Meniscus Tears.”

Mayo Clinic: “Torn Meniscus.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Arthroscopy.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Repairing Torn Meniscus.”

Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington: “Torn Meniscus,” “Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair,” “Meniscectomy.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 12, 2017

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