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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

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

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    Microfracture surgery is done using arthroscopy, 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 structure of your knee in detail. The whole procedure takes around an hour.
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    Before the procedure, your consultant may suggest several tests, including an X-ray or MRI scan to examine your knee. They will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. If you will be having general anaesthetic, they will let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.
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    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 can 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. Your consultant will let you know what to expect and may suggest 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.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

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

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, 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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