What You Should about Knee Meniscus Injuries
There is a pair of menisci (shock absorbers) that resides within our knees. These important and beautiful structures are critical in preventing arthritis from developing early and help protect our knees as we get older.
However, they also often become a source of pain and misery. Often a twisting injury, knee meniscus injuries can be cause by something as simple as getting out of the bed or turning too quickly can cause the meniscus to become trapped between the two bones of the knee joint, and as such tear it. This is a painful event and the knee swells up.
Once a meniscus is torn, unfortunately, it can never heal itself (our body lacks this ability to heal a meniscus tear). The majority of patients that have knee meniscus injuries sometimes never have pain after the initial insult, and continue on with their lives. However, many patients continue to have trouble with pain and occasional swelling that interrupts their daily activities. Often, walking or turning or going up and down the stairs become activities that cause pain and misery.
We can now make a big difference for these patients suffering from knee meniscus injuries. Through a simple and short keyhole camera procedure, we can fix the tear and allow the patients to go back to a pain free life. This is a day procedure where you come in the morning and we send you home walking the next day. It is a short simple and beautiful way to rid yourself of that nagging pain from knee meniscus injuries.
Dr Manit Arora
Consultant, Sports Medicine