Meniscus tears are among the most common knee injuries. Following an acute injury to the knee it is usually the lateral meniscus that is torn. Athetes and those that play contact sports are at the most risk for meniscus tears. However, meniscus injury can happen to anyone at any age.
During sport players may twist and bend their knee resulting in a tear to the meniscus. This is usually accompanied by a popping sound. Older people are more likely to acquire a degenerative meniscus tear due to cartilage weakening and wearing with age. An awkward twist or bend can result in a meniscus tear.
Chronic ACL rupture can also lead to medial meniscus injury.?
Meniscal repair surgery is a delicate surgery to the meniscus and should be perfected until healing is achieved. Depending on the individual nature of the injury surgical interventions can involve carefully suturing the tear back together, knee arthroscopy or a partial meniscectomy in conjunction with traditional ACL reconstructive surgery.
Post Operative Precautions after ACL reconstruction with additional meniscal repair:
For more information on ACL reconstruction symptoms and surgical interventions please see ACL Reconstruction.