Key Points — Diagnosis and Management
These points will be discussed in more detail when you meet your surgeon.
- A torn meniscus can cause significant pain. This may be associated with swelling within the knee joint (effusion). There may also be mechanical symptoms of locking, catching or giving way.
- Depending on the nature and extent of the tear, non-operative treatment with rest, painkillers and physiotherapy rehabilitation may be appropriate.
- After more extensive tears, those with mechanical symptoms or those failing non-operative management may require surgical treatment to remove or repair the torn portion of meniscus
Key Points — Surgical Treatment
- The surgery will be performed under a general or spinal anaesthetic.
- This surgery is performed arthroscopically (keyhole surgery).
- You are likely to require the assistance of crutches for a couple of weeks.
- Return to heavy work or sports will depend on the exact surgery you have.