the meniscus: new approaches




Meniscal tears in the knee represent the most common knee surgery in America. Sometimes the damage results from a single trauma. Often the damage results from a slow, progressive degeneration without a single known cause. The end result? Pain, swelling, and loss of knee and body function that limit an active lifestyle. Sometimes the knee may “lock”, “give way” or “go out”. The meniscal tear causes uneven body weight to stress the knee abnormally resulting in articular cartilage damage. This damage often leads to degenerative arthritis over time.

Preserving the Meniscus

At the The Cartilage Restoration Center of New Jersey, we aim to maintain normal anatomy whenever possible.

Prior to arthroscopic surgery surgeons treated tears by opening the knee and removing the meniscus entirely. Now we recognize the protective value of meniscal tissue and repair the tissue through small incisors under arthroscopic visualization. The goal: preserve as much of this valuable meniscal tissue as possible.

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