What is a Meniscectomy?
A meniscectomy will be performed on the knee if the meniscus has a small symptomatic tear, one that is shredded beyond repair, or a tear in the inner third of the meniscus. This procedure essentially removes the area of the tear, and removes the damaged section. This is called a partial meniscectomy. Dr. Padalecki will take great care to only remove the damaged part of the tear and leave as much of the healthy meniscus as possible.
For tears that occur in the outer two thirds of the meniscus, or for larger tears that can be fixed, an attempt is made to repair the meniscus and preserve as much of the native meniscus as possible. This is performed with a combination arthroscopic and open procedure. Strong stitches are placed through the tear to bring the tissue back together and complete the repair.
What Occurs After a Meniscectomy?
After a meniscal repair, the knee must be protected to allow the meniscus to heal. For a partial meniscectomy procedure, the patient is allowed to weight-bear as tolerated. Physical therapy is started immediately to regain motion and strength. Weight bearing is protected on crutches for two weeks followed by full weight bearing in the brace, which is worn for a total of six weeks.
To learn more about mensical injuries of the knee, or for additional information on a meniscus repair such as a partial meniscectomy, please contact Dr. Jeff Padalecki, orthopedic knee surgeon in Austin, Texas.