The knee contains two menisci, the medial and lateral, one in each half of the knee. The meniscus acts as a shock absorber to dissipate force within the knee. They work very well in compression and axial loading but are not as good in rotation and sheer.
Meniscal tears can occur in all age groups and more commonly affect the medial meniscus. They can occur as a result of sporting injuries in the young or in the elderly population, an act as simple as getting up from a kneeling position can be enough to tear a more degenerate, stiffer meniscus.
Meniscus tears do not heal and once the meniscus is torn the torn piece is dysfunctional. The symptoms from a torn meniscus include localised pain around the knee which is worse when you twist on the knee. Commonly people complain of pain at night when their knees rub on each other (with medial meniscus tears). The knee also usually swells and can cause locking and giving way of the knee.
TheKneeDoc provides the clinical experience and radiological tools to facilitate rapid diagnosis. Using keyhole surgical techniques, meniscus tears can be treated and allow a rapid return to function.
Acute meniscal tears where appropriate can be repaired. This is a technique that is offered by TheKneeDoc. The surgery involves minimally invasive keyhole surgery to allow the meniscus to be repaired. A specific graduated rehabilitation is then followed as supervised by the surgeons at the clinic. Obviously a well repaired meniscus which heals offers a major advantage compared to having to remove a torn meniscus.