Patients in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, & Estero, FL
Your knee joint is formed by three bones: the femur (thigh bone), the tibia (shin bone), and the Patella (kneecap). To cushion your joint, two disc shaped pieces of cartilage, known as the meniscus, pad the area between the bones.
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High impact twists or rotations can create a tear in the meniscus. Often, in sports, players can tear their meniscus on the field; it is one of the most common knee injuries. The meniscus can also tear from repetitive wear. Both young and old individuals can experience meniscus injury.
Torn meniscus can cause discomfort and noticeably affect day to day movement. The symptoms of a torn meniscus include the following:
- Chronic knee pain and swelling
- Compromised knee stability, or feelings that the knee will “give out”
- “Locking” or “catching” sensations in the knee
- Knee stiffness
When these symptoms persist, patients in the Naples, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers areas can choose Dr. Goldberg for treatment options. As an experienced orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Goldberg can offer torn meniscus relief.
Nonsurgical treatments like ice, leg rest, and mild medications may help. If these treatments do not alleviate symptoms, surgery may be an option. To reestablish stability, Meniscus surgery treats the tear arthroscopically, or through tiny incisions and a fiber optic camera. Dr. Goldberg, as an experienced orthopedic surgeon, views the tear from the camera. He then removes the damaged cartilage or sutures the surrounding tissue back together. The operation takes approximately 20-40 minutes and you go home the same day. In most cases patients are allowed to put full weight and walk on their operated leg immediately after surgery.
In Naples, Bonita, and Estero meniscus repair procedure recovery takes 2 to 6 weeks. In those weeks, the leg will strengthen and the knee will gradually regain mobility. Physical therapy, may be prescribed by Dr. Goldberg to help restore your movement. In many cases patients can expect to enjoy their previous level of activity.