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What is Meniscus Tear Surgery?

Meniscus tear surgery is a procedure in which an orthopedic surgeon repairs the damaged meniscus ligament present in the knee joint. A meniscus tear can occur because of an injury such as a sudden fall, sports injury, accident, etc. This surgery helps in restoring the mobility and stability of the knee joint. 

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Best Orthopedic Hospital for Meniscus Surgery

Best Orthopedic Hospital for Meniscus Surgery

At Pristyn Care, we make sure that every person who needs advanced meniscus treatment in India gets optimal care. We leverage modern technology and treat patients with compassion to understand and resolve their problems. 

Our orthopedic surgeons are skilled in performing advanced meniscus tear treatments such as meniscectomy, meniscus repair, meniscus reconstruction, etc. They have an average experience of 10-13 years and provide comprehensive meniscus tear treatments. 

 

Different Types of Meniscus Tear Treatments

Different Types of Meniscus Tear Treatments

After a thorough diagnosis, an orthopedic doctor recommends the best-suited treatment to repair the meniscus tear. The following are the different types of procedures used for treating meniscus tear according to its severity-

  • Partial Meniscectomy– During this procedure, the doctor trims the damaged meniscus tissue. This aid in restoring the full range of motion post meniscus surgery. 
  • Meniscus Repair– In this procedure the doctor stitches the torn meniscus tissues with sutures. The procedure is recommended when the meniscus injury is severe or the tear in the issue is wide and needs reconstruction to restore the mobility of the knee joint. 

 

What happens during Torn Meniscus Treatment?

What happens during Torn Meniscus Treatment?

Diagnosis before Meniscus Tear reatment

An orthopedic surgeon conducts a thorough physical examination to assess the severity of the meniscus tear. The doctor will ask about the symptoms, the intensity of the pain in the knee joint, if any injury happened, and how, etc. S/he will also put slight pressure to check the tenderness and swelling around the affected area. In addition, to detect the severity of the meniscus  tear, the surgeon will recommend a few diagnostic tests such as-

  • MRI- To get a clear image of the torn meniscus tissues and ligaments. 
  • X-Ray- To get a clear image of the knee joint in order to find any underlying bone problem. 

Procedure of meniscus tear surgery 

You can expect the following things during meniscus surgery-

  • An anesthetist will administer anesthesia to prep and numb the affected area for the surgery. 
  • The orthopedic surgeon will clean the area with a solution to make a few incisions to proceed with arthroscopic surgery. 
  • The surgeon will use an arthroscope to insert from one incision and will put surgical tools from another incision to repair the meniscus tear. 
  • Once the surgery is completed, the surgeon will seal the incisions with sutures and put a bandage on it to secure the surgical site. 

When is meniscus surgery required?

When is meniscus surgery required?

If you are experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, it can be an indication of a meniscus tear and you may need medical assistance for the same. Some of the signs can be-

  • Swelling around the knee joint
  • A popping sensation during the knee injury
  • There is difficulty in bending or keeping the leg straight. 
  • Not able to move the legs because of stuck-up knee joint

 

What is the cost of Meniscus Surgery in India?

What is the cost of Meniscus Surgery in India?

The average cost of arthroscopic meniscus surgery may range from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 80,000. The cost range is highly arbitrary and depends on a variety of factors, such as:

  • Choice of hospital
  • Severity of the condition
  • Type of surgery – Meniscus repair surgery, Arthroscopic meniscectomy, and Meniscus reconstruction
  • Surgical approach – Open vs. Minimally invasive
  • Additional surgeries required
  • Patient’s age, gender, and health condition
  • Choice of anesthesia
  • Post-surgical care and physiotherapy required
  • Management and prevention of possible complications
  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Cost of diagnostic tests
  • Insurance coverage

Consult the best orthopedic surgeons at Pristyn Care and get the average cost of meniscus surgery.

How to prepare for meniscus surgery?

How to prepare for meniscus surgery?

The following are a few tips that can help you prepare for meniscus surgery- 

  • Tell your doctor in detail about the injury. 
  • Let your doctor know about your medical history and medicines in advance if you are taking any. 
  • Get your diagnostic tests on time as recommended by the doctor to initiate the treatments. 
  • Avoid eating food at least 8 hours before surgery to eliminate the risk of allergy to anesthesia. 
  • Keep your home prepared before your surgery to make it more accessible and comfortable for your recovery duration. 

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Meniscectomy

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Meniscectomy

Meniscectomy is an advanced surgical procedure that is performed with a minimally invasive technique. The following are the benefits of undergoing minimally invasive meniscectomy as compared to the traditional method of meniscus repair-

  • A faster recovery with minimal discomfort
  • Reduced chances of excessive bleeding
  • Fewer chances of post-surgical complications
  • Minimal to no chances of infection 
  • The size of incisions are smaller 
  • The success rate is higher than in conventional surgery

 

FAQs about Meniscus Tear

What is the success rate of meniscus repair surgery?

Typically, the success rate of advanced meniscus repair surgery may range from 70% to 90%. However, this is an average success rate which may vary depending on the expertise of the orthopedic surgeon, the type of technique used for repairing meniscus tear, etc. 

 

How long do I have to stay in the hospital for meniscus surgery?

You may have to stay in the hospital for 1-2 days post meniscus surgery. However, the stay in the hospital totally depends on the severity of the meniscus tear and the type of treatment provided by the orthopedic surgeon.

What is the success rate of meniscus repair surgery?

Typically, the success rate of advanced meniscus repair surgery may range from 70% to 90%. However, this is an average success rate which may vary depending on the expertise of the orthopedic surgeon, the type of technique used for repairing meniscus tear, etc. 

When can I resume regular activities after meniscus surgery?

You can resume regular activities within 10-14 days of meniscus surgery. However, the complete recovery may take six to eight months. It is always advised to consult your doctor if you feel any pain or discomfort during your recovery duration. 

Can a meniscus tear heal without treatment?

If the meniscus tear is mild, there is a possibility it can heal in due course by following a few minimal exercises. However, if the meniscus tear is severe, it won’t really heal on its own. Such meniscus tears would require prompt treatment to get rid of pain in the knee joint. 

Is meniscus tear surgery painful?

No. The meniscus tear surgery is performed under the influence of anesthesia which makes the procedure painless. You may feel a little discomfort post meniscus tear surgery which usually gets managed with prescribed medication by your orthopedic surgeon. 

How can you treat a torn meniscus at home?

How can you treat a torn meniscus at home?

The following are a few home remedies that may help you reduce discomfort and pain caused due to meniscus tear (mild to moderate)-

  • Rest the knee: Don’t put too much weight on the knee, especially if it’s painful. Use crutches when you have to move. Wear a brace on the joint whenever possible to reduce the pressure on the joint.
  • Ice the knee: Ice your knee for at least 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours for at least 2 to 3 days after the injury till the swelling is gone.
  • Compress the joint: Compress the knee joint by wrapping it tightly with an elastic bandage or a neoprene-type sleeve. This helps control and reduce the swelling.
  • Elevate the knee: Elevate the knee by placing a pillow under your heel whenever you are sitting or lying down.
  • Take the pain and anti-inflammatory medications: Pain relievers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), help reduce swelling in the injured joint. However, it is best to get a prescription from an orthopedic doctor near you before using such drugs.
  • Exercises: Perform stretching and strengthening exercises as directed by the doctor. This will help reduce stress on the knee joint. However, be careful about overstretching as that may exacerbate the injury.
  • Avoid high-impact activities:  Avoid high-impact activities such as running and jumping till the injury has fully healed.

Recovery after meniscus surgery

Recovery after meniscus surgery

Recovery after the meniscus surgery generally depends on the severity of the tear in the tissue. Therefore, it is very important to continue physiotherapy to help speed up the recovery. Typically, complete recovery after meniscus surgery takes about 4-6 months. You can start doing limited physical activity such as walking even within a week after the surgery. You can promote healing after knee reconstruction surgery by:

  • Managing your pain effectively– You should not push through your pain. Describe your pain accurately to the doctor. Make sure you are not over or under-medicating.
  • Starting to walk as soon as possible. It improves recovery and even lowers the risk of blood clots developing. 
  • Getting physical therapy– Make sure you are receiving the right physiotherapy. Do not skip any exercise no matter how hard it is. At the same time, do not push yourself as over-exercising can harm the knee instead of helping. Follow your physiotherapist’s instructions accurately.
  • Resting– Patients are often anxious about returning to their daily activities as soon as possible. However, it is important to rest the knee as well as to boost healing.

Case Study

Case Study

Mr. Aman Vashishtha(name changed) contacted Pristyn Care by calling on the given number. He informed our medical coordinator about excruciating pain in his knee joint and stability issues. 

Our medical coordinator connected him to one of the best orthopedic doctors, Dr. Ashish Taneja. He conducted a thorough physical examination of the condition and noted swelling in the affected knee. Dr. Taneja recommended a few diagnostic tests such as MRI, X-ray, and other imaging tests to detect the severity of the meniscus tear. 

Dr. Taneja diagnosed severe meniscus tear and advised meniscectomy to remove the damaged meniscus tissues. The patient stayed in the hospital for 2 days and got discharged when he did not show any odd symptoms post meniscus tear surgery. Dr. Taneja scheduled two follow-up consultations and advised to follow physiotherapy for recovery duration. In the second consultation, Mr. Vashishtha informed the doctor that he was able to walk and move without any pain in the affected knee. He recovered well and started regular activities within 10-14 days of surgery. 

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