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Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Treating Meniscus ProblemsTratamiento de problemas de meniscos

Treating Meniscus Problems

Pre-Op Checklist

  • Don't eat or drink 10 hours before surgery.

  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery.

  • Tell your doctor if you take medications, supplements, or herbal remedies.

The type of surgery you have depends on the nature of your tear. Your surgeon may use arthroscopy, a method that sends video images from inside your knee. Arthroscopy only requires small incisions, and you can usually go home the same day as surgery. During surgery, you may have local anesthesia, a regional block (numbing your from the waist down), or general anesthesia. General anesthesia means you'll be "asleep."

Image of meniscus

Image of meniscus surgery

Image of meniscus surgery


For certain tears, your surgeon will try to repair the meniscus. Torn edges are sutured so they can heal properly. Or special fasteners are used to repair damage. In some cases, repairs may require another incision at the back or side of your knee.


In most cases, your surgeon will remove the damaged part of your meniscus. The meniscus won't completely grow back, so as little tissue as possible is removed. The articular cartilage will take over the role as shock absorber for your knee joint.

After Surgery

You'll spend some time in recovery and can go home when you've recovered from the anesthesia. Your knee will be bandaged, and you may have stitches, steri-strips, or staples. You may need crutches and may have a splint for support.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-02-01T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2007-10-23T00:00:00-06:00

Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.424.1881 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.


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