Meniscus Tear and Treatments | MedStar Health

The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in the knee that serves as a shock absorber between the ends of the leg bones. It helps lubricate and distribute body weight across the joint. Meniscal tears are typically caused by twisting or hyperflexion of the joint. These tears can also occur due to degenerative processes caused by aging.

Many meniscal tears can be treated without knee surgery. However, if the symptoms from the tear fail to resolve with conservative management, knee surgery is often recommended.

Treatments

Arthroscopic Knee Meniscus Repair

An arthroscopic knee meniscectomy is an outpatient procedure during which the torn piece of meniscus is either repaired or removed through small puncture holes. In cases where the tear is so severe that all or almost all of the meniscus…

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Arthroscopy (Knee)

Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that gives doctors a clear view of the inside of the knee, which helps in the diagnosis and treatment of problems. During the procedure, the surgeon inserts an arthroscope, a small camera instrument…

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