What are the Treat Options for Meniscus Deficiency?
Treatment options for a torn meniscus or lack of cartilage depends on injury severity, severity of symptoms, patient’s age and patient’s activity level.
Does Meniscus Deficiency Require Surgery?
In cases of an acute tear or acute articular cartilage injury, Dr. Provencher typically recommends non-surgical treatment, such as rest, ice, modified activities and a physical therapy program. He may also perform a cortisone injection in certain patients to help decrease swelling and pain.
What is Meniscus Deficiency Surgery?
Dr. Provencher commonly recommends a surgical procedure in severe cases of a torn meniscus or cases of meniscus loss. The specific procedure will be determined by Dr. Provencher based on size of tear, location of tear, amount of remaining cartilage and other associated knee injuries. The meniscus can be repaired (stitched) or can be debrided (torn portion is removed). A stitch technique is often reserved for patients with a mild tear that does not require a portion to be removed .A debridement technique is often reserved for patients with a degenerative, complex or non-repairable torn meniscus. If a patient has a very serious meniscus injury and/or has undergone a prior meniscus injury treatment, Dr. Provencher may recommend a meniscal transplant surgery.
For more resources on a torn meniscus or other articular cartilage injury, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Matthew Provencher, knee specialist located in the Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado area.