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What kind of surgery will you need for 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:

  • Arthroscopic repair, placing small devices that look like darts along the tear to stitch it up
  • Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, taking out a piece of the torn meniscus
  • Arthroscopic total meniscectomy, removing the whole meniscus

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 Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

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 Tyler Wheeler on May 16, 2019

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