Meniscus Repair Surgery and Other Treatments for Knee Injuries in Freehold, NJ
Meniscus repair is one of the most common orthopedic treatments sought by athletes and other active individuals. The highly mobile knee joint is cushioned and stabilized by two wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage (the inner and outer menisci), which can tear if subjected to sudden trauma, such as excessive twisting or bending. Additionally, cartilage naturally breaks down and weakens over time due to age-related degeneration. Regardless of the cause of the damage, the knee specialists at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ, can provide a comprehensive diagnosis and recommend the most appropriate form of meniscus repair.
A meniscal tear can cause pain, swelling, stiffness, weakness, and instability in a knee joint. In determining whether surgical meniscus repair is the best course of action, an orthopedist at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold will consider a number of factors, including:
- The size of the tear – If the damage is minimal and confined to the outer edge of a meniscus, conservative treatment such as bracing and physical therapy may be sufficient to relieve the symptoms and promote healing.
- The location of the tear – Damage affecting the outside of a C-shaped meniscus can sometimes heal on its own due to the typically rich supply of blood to the area. Also, an inner meniscus is generally easier for a surgeon to access and repair than an outer meniscus, which is in close proximity to tendons and other soft tissues.
- The shape of the tear – In general, a straight or curved tear that is confined to the inside of a meniscus is better suited for surgical meniscus repair than a radial tear that extends from the inside to the outside of a meniscus, or a flap tear in which an upper section of a meniscus pulls away and creates a loose flap.
At New Jersey Sports Medicine, we believe in educating our patients so that they can make informed treatment decisions. We’ll take all the time necessary to answer your questions and help you confidently choose between conservative treatment and surgical meniscus repair.
In addition to surgical meniscus repair, New Jersey Sports Medicine offers a full range of treatment options for knee injuries. For more information about our services or to schedule a personal consultation at our state-of-the-art facility in Freehold, NJ, contact us today.