Meniscus Tears

Meniscus Tear Surgeon

Meniscus-Tears

Commonly Asked Questions

What is a Meniscus Tear?

The meniscus is a cartilage structure in the knee that sits between the thigh bone (the femur) and the shin bone (tibia). The meniscus functions as a “shock absorber”. There are two menisci in the knee; one on the inside (or medial side) and one on the outside (or lateral side) of the knee. 

What are the signs and symptoms of a Meniscus Tear?

Dr. Dye offers meniscus rear procedures for any patients that may need this procedure. Patients with meniscal tears typically complain of pain in the area of the tear; the pain is typically worse with twisting or pivoting of the knee and/or excessive bending of the knee. In addition, swelling and/or mechanical symptoms, such as locking, catching, or painful popping may be present. Some patients with meniscal tears experience limited range of motion of the knee.

How to Diagnose a Meniscus Tear?

The diagnosis of a meniscal tear is typically made by a combination of the patient’s history, the findings on physical examination, and an MRI scan. Dr. Dye can diagnose if a patient has a torn meniscus. 

What are your treatment options for a meniscus tear?

Treatment for a meniscus tear will depend on its size, what kind it is, and where it’s located within the cartilage. Contact Dr. Dye to schedule your appointment to see which options are best for your personalized care.

How safe is a meniscus tear repair?

Meniscus repair is low-risk. Complications are rare. They may include injury to skin nerves, infections, and knee stiffness. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to ward off infection. He may also recommend compression stockings to help you avoid blood clots.

 

What is recovery like after surgery for meniscus tear?

After meniscus tear surgery, you may have to wear a brace or cast to keep your knee stable. You’ll probably have to use crutches for at least a month to keep weight off your knee.