Each of your knee joints is cushioned by two c-shaped wedges of cartilage. The two cushions in each knee are called the “menisci.” Individually, each cushion is called a “meniscus.” Certain motions, such as twisting the knee, can cause a meniscus to tear. In many cases, a torn meniscus can be treated with arthroscopic surgery.
Your knee joints have two c-shaped wedges of cartilage called menisci (singular, meniscus). These cushion the bones in your joint, absorb shock, and allow for smooth movement. Motions like twisting the knee can tear your meniscus. Arthroscopic surgery can help.
To start the procedure, you are anesthetized. The surgeon makes several small openings in your skin. A viewing device called an arthroscope is placed through one of the openings. The other openings are for the surgical tools.
The surgeon inspects your knee joint and removes any loose bone or tissue fragments . The surgeon evaluates your meniscus and either sutures, anchors, or partially removes your damaged cartilage.
End of Procedure and Aftercare
At the end of the procedure, your incisions are closed and your knee is bandaged. After a brief period of observation, you will be discharged to go home. Your doctor will create a post-surgery treatment plan that will likely include physical therapy.