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Partial Meniscectomy

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What Is A Partial Meniscectomy?

Surgeons perform a partial meniscectomy to remove a portion of a damaged meniscus in the knee. The meniscus, a C-shaped cartilage structure, serves as a shock absorber and contributes to knee joint stability.

In a partial meniscectomy, the surgeon creates small incisions in the knee and utilizes specialized instruments, including an arthroscope—a small camera—to observe the interior of the joint. Subsequently, the surgeon trims or eliminates the torn or damaged segment of the meniscus using surgical instruments.

Procedure

Physicians typically recommend partial meniscectomy for individuals experiencing persistent pain, swelling, or mechanical symptoms such as knee locking or catching due to a meniscus tear. This procedure is commonly indicated when the tear affects the peripheral (outer) part of the meniscus, where blood supply and healing potential are higher. Partial meniscectomy is usually conducted arthroscopically, employing a minimally invasive approach. Arthroscopy entails creating small incisions through which the surgeon introduces the arthroscope and surgical instruments. This method enhances visualization and diminishes the risk of complications compared to traditional open surgery. Using specialized instruments, the surgeon trims or removes the damaged or torn portion of the meniscus. The objective is to conserve as much of the healthy meniscus as feasible while addressing the portion causing symptoms or hindering knee function.

 

Rehabilitation

Following partial meniscectomy, healthcare providers typically prescribe a rehabilitation program aimed at restoring strength, range of motion, and knee function. This regimen may involve exercises, physical therapy sessions, and a gradual return to regular activities. The duration and intensity of rehabilitation vary depending on the surgery’s extent and individual factors.

Compared to more extensive knee surgeries, recovery after partial meniscectomy is generally quicker. Many individuals find relief from pain and experience improved knee function post-procedure. However, it’s essential to recognize that partial meniscectomy involves removing a portion of the meniscus, potentially impacting the knee joint’s long-term stability and shock-absorption capabilities. Consequently, there might be an increased risk of future knee osteoarthritis development.

If you’re contemplating partial meniscectomy for a meniscus tear, consulting with an orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee surgery is crucial. They will assess your specific condition, discuss the procedure’s benefits and risks, and offer personalized recommendations tailored to your circumstances.

 

 

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