arthroscopic meniscal repair

Each of your knees has two menisci, cartilage that serves as a shock absorber for the thigh and shin bones. Meniscus injuries are common in contact sports, like football and rugby. Tears occur when a player is hit or squats and then twists his knees. Treatment depends on the type of tear, the patient’s age and activity level and whether or not other parts of the knee are hurt. Lesser tears may heal with only rest, icing, compression, elevation and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, like aspirin. Doctors will perform the operation using arthroscopic surgery, which is minimally invasive. A surgeon will make only small incisions and use them as a passage for a miniature camera and tiny instruments. This approach allows for faster healing, lower chances of infection and less disruption of surrounding tissue.

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