Meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries. An injury affecting the meniscus can occur during high-impact sports or simply continuous wear and tear (degenerative meniscus tears). Individuals who experience a meniscus tear may feel a “pop” sensation and twisting of the knee, followed by pain, discomfort, and swelling.

Additional symptoms of meniscus tears may include:

  • Gradual stiffness or feelings that the knee will give out, catch, or lock
  •  “Locking” or “catching” sensations in the knee

Many individuals can walk or perform daily activities with a torn meniscus if the symptoms are mild. However, if a meniscus injury is causing discomfort that is affecting day-to-day movement, treatment may be recommended.

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Non-surgical treatments for a meniscus tear following the RICE protocol include rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may also help reduce pain. However, if conservative treatments fail to alleviate symptoms, surgery for meniscus repair may be recommended. Dr. Goldberg can help assess and determine the best treatment options for your injury, and if you may be a candidate for arthroscopic surgery.

Arthroscopic meniscus surgery, or meniscus tear surgery, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure to remove or repair torn knee cartilage. Surgical treatment is often dependent upon the type of tear; its size, and its location. Arthroscopic meniscus surgery is typically performed in an outpatient setting and patients can return home the same day.

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Patients can expect to return to full activity four weeks after meniscus surgery. Care after surgery may involve physical therapy, rehabilitation exercises at home, and RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation).

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While arthroscopic knee surgery provides countless benefits, not every condition is treatable with this approach. If you play contact sports or take part in physical activity and are experiencing knee pain, Dr. Goldberg can help. He is one of the most experienced orthopedic surgeons in Southwest Florida and can help assess and determine the best treatment options for you. Schedule an appointment today!

Do I need crutches or a walker after Meniscus or Arthroscopic Knee Surgery?

Typically you will not need a walker or crutches.

Will I have to wear a brace after knee surgery?

Typically just a bandage and no brace required.

How long does it take to recover from Arthroscopic Meniscus Surgery?

Patients are typically able to walk right after surgery without crutches. Most patients recover in four weeks. PT is typically recommended for three to four weeks post surgery and we will work with you to find a provider close to your home or work.

What is a torn meniscus?

It is a layer of cartilage that serves as a cushion in the knee. A tear can interfere with the knees ability to bend or straighten properly and can cause pain.

What other non-surgical application for the knee do you offer in your practice?

We offer biologics such as PRP, steroid injections, gel injections, etc. The doctor will advise the best course of treatment but often non surgical techniques can be utilized to heal the injury and surgery not necessarily always required.