The meniscus is the knee’s shock absorber

Essential in preserving the health of your knee joint and in preventing osteoarthritis

  • A torn meniscus causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and may result in trouble extending your knee fully or a popping or locking sensation in your knee
  • Meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries and can be caused by any forceful rotation of the knee
Healthy MeniscusMeniscus with Horizontal Tear

Your Treatment Options

Some torn menisci require surgery. The surgical options are:

Meniscus repair – restoring your meniscus to its prior shape by stitching the torn parts together
Previous technology made it difficult for surgeons to treat certain tear types and tears located in certain parts of the knee – until now. Ceterix technology empowers surgeons to stitch tears that were previously difficult to treat.

Meniscal Repair of a horizontal tear. This procedure sutures the torn parts together.

Meniscectomy – permanent, irreversible removal of part or all of your meniscus
Partial or total meniscectomy, which is sometimes indicated, may provide immediate relief of symptoms. Depending on how much meniscus tissue is removed, it may significantly increase the chances of developing osteoarthritis, which may lead to a total knee replacement.

Partial menisectomy (removal of the meniscus)

Talk to a physician about preserving your meniscus.

Why is meniscus repair important?

Meniscus repair restores the meniscus to its prior shape, allowing it to perform its function of protecting and preserving the knee cartilage and joint. The other surgical option, meniscectomy, removes part of the meniscus, increasing pressures on the knee cartilage which may increase chances of developing osteoarthritis.

A teenager injured at age 15 could have OA [osteoarthritis] as early as age 25 or 30. – Arthritis Foundation ( Runner

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