MENISCUS TEAR TREATMENT
Typically, meniscal tears are simply removed. Most tears to the meniscus are in the inner ⅔, where there is no blood supply to make healing possible. These tears require an excision of the torn segment done via arthroscopic surgery through two small skin punctures. After surgery, patients can fully move the knee and walk normally. Most do not even need to use crutches, though some swelling and discomfort is normal, and most patients will require a few visits of physical therapy to regain full strength and function of their knee.
Tears in the outer ⅓ are far less common, but they can occur, usually with a sudden injury in young people. After these surgeries, a brace and crutches are required, usually with two weeks on crutches and an additional four weeks with just the brace. Physical therapy is also required after these repairs, and return to any twisting, pivoting, jumping and sports activities is permitted after 4-6 months.