When the meniscus or ligament is re-injured, non-surgical treatment options like rest, ice, pain and anti-inflammatory medications are likely not sufficient if the goal is to return to a full pre-injury level of activity.
Meniscus revision surgery requires specialized techniques to help determine what caused the original surgery to fail to help ensure the revision will not. The overall treatment goal of revision meniscus and ligament repair is to reduce pain, swelling and loss of function in the affected knee.
Arthroscopic meniscus repair is normally the best course of action for patients with a torn meniscus – even during a revision procedure. This surgery is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure to preserve the healthy meniscus tissue. Small instruments are inserted along with a small camera into the knee joint through two very small incisions. The torn section of the meniscus is either removed, known as a partial meniscectomy, or the torn edges are sewn back together. In extreme cases, the entire meniscus may be removed, referred to as meniscectomy.
Patients suspecting they’ve torn their meniscus or are experiencing any symptoms associated with a tear should consult their orthopaedic specialist. The physician will likely order tests that may include X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or ultrasounds to establish if whether the meniscus is torn.