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Tear of the meniscus commonly occurs with twisting injury in the athletic population, but can also be part of age-related arthritis progression. Meniscus preservation by arthroscopic repair is the gold standard to restore joint forces, reduce pain, and improve function after injury.
The medial and lateral meniscus are critically important “shock absorbers” within the knee joint. Loss of meniscus function increases joint pressures, reduces knee stability, and can eventually can lead to arthritis. Successful meniscus repair can restore the function of the native meniscus.
We err on the side of meniscus preservation (i.e. repair not trimming) whenever possible. Commonly repairable meniscus tears include those that occur during a specific injury in active patients without severe pre-existing arthritis. These are often in good blood supply zones, have good tissue quality, and are amenable to suture fixation. Some chronic or insidious tears may also be treated with meniscus repair in select cases.
Meniscus repair is an outpatient procedure that takes approximately one hour to perform. Patients have an initial period of protection using brace/crutches for approximately 4-6 weeks. Post-op rehabilitation is performed 2-3x/week for several months. Return to work or sport is INDIVIDUALIZED and is based on minimum time from surgery (i.e. 3-6 months) and, more importantly, functional progression with rehabilitation.
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“I want to give a big shout out to Dr. Seth Sherman. I have my 1-year post-op appointment on October 4th (literally, my 1-year anniversary). Dr. Sherman gave me my life back by performing a very rare knee surgery on me. Without him and his knowledge and wonderful team, I would still be lacking a life without any type of activity.” – WhitneyMore Testimonials
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