Meniscectomy Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland & Surrounding Cities
You have both a lateral and medial meniscus in your knee. These fibrocartilaginous tissues partially divide your knee joint cavity and help disperse friction in your knee joint to the bones in your lower leg. Meniscal tears are actually a fairly common knee injury, and how you treat these injuries will largely depend on the size and type of your tear. Those with small tears near the outer region of their meniscus may be able to simply rest the joint to repair the tissues. Others may require a partial meniscectomy or complete meniscectomy in order to restore mobility and alleviate pain.
Whether or not you are a candidate for a meniscectomy will largely depend on whether or not your tear is located in the inner or outer portion of your meniscus. With ample blood supply to the region, tears originating on the outer edges are able to heal more quickly, and therefore, they do not typically require surgical intervention. Tears on the interior regions of the meniscus, by contrast, do not have access to an abundant blood supply and, as a result, are often unable to naturally heal with rest and time. These types of tears may require a partial meniscectomy or full meniscectomy in order to restore the patient’s joint health.
At Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics, we will be able to determine whether or not you are a candidate for a partial meniscectomy or full meniscectomy or if you can avoid knee surgery with innovative alternative treatment options. If our knee surgeon determines that you are best served with knee surgery, we can generally perform your meniscectomy or other knee surgery arthroscopically. During this minimally invasive procedure, we will be able to surgically repair your meniscus by making a small incision of less than ½ of an inch and inserting an arthroscope. This instrument will allow us to surgically repair your meniscal tear(s) or remove part or all of your damaged meniscus without having to open your entire knee region.
Benefits to a meniscectomy include:
- Pain Relief
- Increased Mobility
- Early Degeneration Prevention
- Return to Normal Activity
If you live in Tampa, Brandon, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland or the neighboring regions and think you may need a meniscectomy or any other knee surgery, contact us today. We have a team of expert orthopedic surgeons and physicians who regularly provide relief to patients suffering from a wide range of joint related conditions and injuries, and our team will be able to determine if you are a candidate for a meniscectomy, knee surgery or variety of other alternative treatment plans.