If a meniscal tear is diagnosed promptly and it has an adequate blood supply, then a surgical repair is preferential in order to preserve the joint and protect it from overload in the future. Unfortunately, not all meniscal tears are repairable.
Repair of a torn meniscus is performed arthroscopically (through key holes) using small sutures inside the knee to stabilise the tissue and allow it to heal. Rehabilitation involves physiotherapy and potentially a period of protected weight bearing on crutches and a knee brace for 4-6 weeks to limit the amount of movement on the joint.
A recent research study to investigate the results of meniscal repair in Mr. Smith’s patients revealed an 85% healing success rate for this procedure.