Meniscal Tear Surgery

Meniscal Tear Surgery

This type of knee surgery is done arthroscopically which is minimally invasive keyhole surgery.

A tourniquet is inflated around your thigh to maintain a bloodless field during the surgery. Typically, two small incisions are made during a knee arthroscopy. One incision for the arthroscope and one for the surgical instruments to treat the knee damage. The keyhole technique usually allows for a more rapid recovery than open techniques as well as shorter recovery times following surgery. The meniscal tear will be either repaired or trimmed depending on the location of the tear in the meniscus. Generally, tears in the zone where there is still a viable blood supply with be repaired and those that are not will be trimmed. Patients are usually able to fully weight bearing after their surgery unless otherwise advised by A/Prof Reid.
A/Prof Reid will see you after your surgery prior to discharge the same day. A follow up appointment will be arranged for you around day 10-14 for removal of stiches. This is performed in rooms and is not usually painful. Rehabilitation may be facilitated with the supervision of a physiotherapist over the period of the next few weeks.

Return to activities
Weightbearing – immediately “touch weight bearing” under supervision.
Showering – immediately with a waterproof dressing in place
Swimming – after wound has fully healed. Discuss with Dr Reid or Sue our nurse at your wound check around 2 weeks.
Patients would typically be back to work around 2 weeks after their surgery, driving after a similar time.