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Patient Education

Meniscus Surgery

Meniscus tears can often be treated non-operatively with a combination of physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, or injections.   A surgeon may decide that a partial meniscectomy (where the damaged portion of the cartilage is removed) or a meniscus repair is the next step.  The surgeon will repair or remove the torn meniscus arthroscopically which is usually day surgery.  Symptoms of a torn meniscus include: the inability to straighten the knee, locking of the knee, or a popping sound.   Recovery from a meniscus tear is highly dependent on post-operative rehabilitation.  A patient will be given a prescription for physical therapy following their meniscus surgery.   Generally, physical therapy following a mensicectomy is quicker and may require 3-6 weeks of physical therapy.  A patient undergoing a meniscus repair is placed in a post-operative brace that restricts the knee’s ability to move beyond 90° for 4-6 weeks.


Of Note

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