What is a meniscus?
What are the symptoms of a torn meniscus?
- Pain and swelling of the knee.
- Feeling a clicking sensation in the knee.
- In cases of large meniscus tears, the knee may become locked, making it difficult to fully extend or flex. This is known as a locked knee.
- Feeling a sense of instability in the knee.
What causes a torn meniscus?
How is the diagnosis made?
How is a torn meniscus treated?
In the image above, you can see the different patterns of a torn meniscus. During the surgery, the surgeon will always assess whether the meniscus can be repaired. If it is not possible to repair the meniscus, only a minimal portion will be removed to alleviate your symptoms while preserving its function as much as possible.
Is the meniscus always removed?
What does the rehabilitation process look like?
If your meniscus is repaired, the postoperative rehabilitation will differ depending on the type of tear that was repaired. Generally, the total rehabilitation period after a meniscus repair is about 4 to 6 months before you can fully return to sports activities. However, after 6 weeks, you should be able to resume normal activities in daily life.