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Arthroscopic Meniscus repair/balancing

The Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair is one of the least invasive surgeries for repairing knee cartilages that are torn. This type of surgical repair is an outpatient surgical procedure for the purpose of repairing the torn knee cartilages. The torn meniscus can be repaired via a variety of optimally invasive techniques and also requires protection post-surgery for proper healing to occur. Physical therapy is employed to regain the complete functioning of the knee, that occurs on an average of 4-5 months post the surgery. Torn knee cartilages produce pain in the region of the torn and swelling in the area of the knee joint. The symptoms of this type of tear worsen with motions that involving squatting and pivoting. The aim of a meniscus repair surgery is to preserve and retain a healthy meniscus tissue. A meniscus tear requires the supply of blood to heal and the outer third meniscus is the only portion with blood supply to enable healing. Therefore, meniscus repairs are limited to usually the peripheral region of the meniscus.

Why consider an Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair surgery?

Even though the time for recovery is longer for an arthroscopic meniscus repair than that of a meniscectomy, an arthroscopic meniscus repair surgery should be considered for the following reasons;

1. If a patient is already in good health and wishes to retain that
2. The patient understands the rehabilitation really well
3. The tear is located in the peripheral region of the meniscus


Dr. Yugal Karkhur

MBBS, M.S. (Orthopedics)

DNB (Orthopedics)

A U.S. fellowship certified hip and knee replacement surgeon

Awarded with the Young Ambassador Award by the Asia Pacific Orthopedic Association in the year 2016.

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Can a torn meniscus affect balance?

Yes, it does affect the ability to respond to undirected perturbation.

Is it possible to have a meniscus surgery twice?

Yes, if a patient has undergone a meniscus repair surgery and still experience pain, a revision repair can be advised.

How long does it take for the pain to settle after an arthroscopic surgery?

The pain should settle within 2-3 weeks.

How to protect meniscus repairs from failing?

The meniscus repair stiches must be protected to avoid the snapping off of the stiches and excessive force must not be applied.

What is the best exercise after an Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair surgery?

Hamstring contraction and quadriceps setting are some great exercises to do after an Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair surgery.