Meniscal surgery

Surgery to remove or repair damaged cartilage in the knee

A torn meniscus is a common, painful knee injury that can be improved with a minimally invasive surgical procedure

About a meniscal tear

Damage to cartilage in the knee can happen at any age. Your treatment will depend on the type of tear you have. Tears caused by long-term wear typically require part of the damaged tissue to be removed, while less serious tears can sometimes be repaired with keyhole surgery. Many types of degenerative tear do not require surgery.

Need to know

  • What happens during microfracture surgery? icon plus

    Microfracture surgery is performed as a keyhole procedure (arthroscopic), which involves inserting a tiny camera called an arthroscope and specialised surgical instruments into small keyhole cuts around your knee. The arthroscope sends images to your surgeon via a monitor, which allows them to see the inside of your knee in detail. 
  • Prior to surgery icon plus

    Before the procedure, your consultant may suggest several tests, including an X-ray or MRI scan to assess your knee. They will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Like all procedures, there may be some potential risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. 
  • After your procedure icon plus

    You should be able to go home the same day as your procedure. You will be given painkillers to help keep any discomfort to a minimum immediately following surgery. Ice may be helpful to reduce pain and swelling, as can elevating your leg.

    To allow the microfracture to work, you will need to use crutches for several weeks, and you will likely need to use a continuous passive motion machine (CPM). CPM is an integral part of your recovery and return to your everyday activities. Your consultant will let you know what to expect and you may be given physiotherapy exercises to help improve your mobility as you recover. They will also let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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From complex orthopaedic surgery to diagnostic tests and scans, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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