Hinsdale Orthopaedics is renowned for serving the needs of patients throughout the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area for more than six decades. We treat all manner of orthopaedic injuries including performing meniscus repairs. A meniscus tear is a relatively common injury to the cartilage which stabilizes and cushions the knee joint. Whether or not the tea can be repaired has a lot to do with the type of tear it is and where the tear is located. Horizontal tears, flap tears, and long-standing and degenerative tears generally are not able to be repaired. Other factors such as age, health and activity level may also narrow your treatment options. Small tears at the outer edges of the meniscus often heal with home treatment and rest. Moderate to large tears most often require surgery and they usually respond well to surgery. Regardless of the type of tears, the physicians at Hinsdale Orthopaedics will be able to advise you of your options and help you make the best decision based upon your injury. Consequently, whenever our Chicago neighbors are looking for the best meniscus repair surgery, Hinsdale Orthopaedics is the only name you need to know.
In the event surgical meniscus repair is recommended to a Chicago patient, it is best for them to have the procedure done as soon as possible after the injury. However, if the tear is at the outer edges of the meniscus, you may wish to put off surgery to see if the meniscus heals on its own. It is thought that successful meniscus repair may actually save meniscal cartilage and reduce stress to the knee joint as well as lowering the risk for osteoarthritis. How Hinsdale Orthopaedics treats your meniscus tear is based largely upon a number of variables. Nonsurgical treatment may entail R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression & Elevation) and physical therapy. Surgical meniscus repair can involve:
- Surgical removal of the torn section (partial meniscectomy), or
- Surgical removal of the entire meniscus (total meniscectomy)
If the meniscus can be repaired successfully rather than doing a partial or total removal, the possibilities of knee degeneration is greatly reduced.
It is no wonder that Chicago patients know they can count on Hinsdale Orthopaedics to not only meet their expectations, but to frequently surpass them. Because tears to the meniscus are among the most common knee injuries, athletes, especially those who play in contact sports, are at a greater risk for tears. It is important to note that anyone, at any age, can tear their meniscus. Meniscus repairs which are dealt with by suturing usually require longer recovery time than with a meniscectomy. Chicagoans who have had the surgery may wear a cast or a brace to prevent the knee from moving. Additionally, these patients will most likely need to use crutches for about a month to keep weight off their knee. Most significantly, rehabilitation time after meniscus repair can be easily managed at home, although your doctor may recommend you have physical therapy.
If you are interested in setting up an appointment with one of our clinics, call us at: (630) 323-6116, today.