Meniscus repair procedures are often recommended for athletes who have damaged the protective cartilage in the knee, as well as older individuals who have a weakened meniscus that occurred gradually over time due to ongoing wear and tear. These surgeries aim to return the meniscus to its proper shape, so that it can effectively disperse the weight of the body within the knee joint and minimize friction caused by movement. The success rate of meniscus repair procedures is high, with the surgeries providing significant pain relief and restoration of knee function for many patients.
When determining whether a meniscus repair procedure is appropriate for a patient, Dr. Ira Guttentag at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine takes numerous factors into account, including the patient’s age, health, and level of activity. Another main consideration is the location, shape, and size of the meniscal tear, since certain types of tears are more likely to heal properly on their own than others.
One reason why so many patients from Wiregrass/Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Zephyrhills, and Brandon, FL, choose Dr. Guttentag for their meniscus repair procedures is his expertise in minimally invasive techniques. A meniscus surgery completed this way generally involves the following steps:
- The surgeon creates a small incision in the knee area and inserts a tiny camera and light source, which provide multiple views of the meniscus and allow the surgeon to assess the full extent of the damage.
- The surgeon either repairs the tear in the meniscus or, if repair is not possible, removes a part of the meniscus to create a smooth surface to stabilize the joint
To find out whether you could benefit from a meniscus repair procedure, contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today. We can schedule a consultation with Dr. Guttentag at a Florida Medical location that is convenient for you.