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Meniscus Repair/Injury

Our experienced orthopedic specialists can diagnose and treat your meniscus injury.

What is the meniscus?

The meniscus is a rubbery c-shaped disk in the knee that serves as a stabilizer and provides a cushion between the thigh bone and the shin bone in the lower leg.  There are two menisci in each knee, which helps keep the knee steady during twisting and bending motions.

Meniscus injuries are common, often the result of a sports injury. Injuries can be benign requiring only ice and elevation to treat the swelling and pain or involve more severe tears that may require surgical treatment. Depending on the severity of the tear, symptoms can range from mild pain or a feeling of instability in the knee to more severe pain, swelling, and difficulty extending the leg.

How is a torn meniscus repaired?

Doctors typically use arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) can be associated with meniscal tears and can influence or change the nature of the procedure.

Physical therapy is key in an effective and fast recovery. Patients can expect to be off their feet for several weeks following surgery before starting rehabilitation through a series of exercise programs.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s orthopedic specialists are committed to helping patients return to their everyday lives following their knee injury. Our staff has an extensive background in corrective surgery of the joints, using the most advanced technology to cater to each patient’s unique condition.

Start Your Recovery

Contact one of our sports medicine physicians today for additional treatment information. To speak with the orthopedic services coordinator, call 770-219-8244.

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