What are the treatment options for a discoid meniscus?
If the injury is not causing issues, treatment may not be necessary. Rest and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) such as ibuprofen may provide relief from minor pain, swelling or tenderness.
The treatment of choice for a discoid meniscus is called a partial meniscectomy and is preferred over a total meniscectomy. A partial meniscectomy is done by removing the abnormal central portion of the discoid meniscus, while preserving the rim of the meniscus. A total meniscectomy removes the entire damaged meniscus but can lead to osteoarthritis; total meniscectomy should be avoided if possible.
The discoid meniscus partial meniscectomy procedure is performed arthroscopically. It requires local or regional anesthesia, and the patient can usually go home a few hours after the surgery. This procedure involves Dr. Williams making two small incisions around the kneecap and inserting a small camera called an arthroscope. The arthroscope displays images of your knee on a screen so he can perform the procedure with small, specialized, surgical instruments. Arthroscopic knee surgery offers patients in New York a quicker healing time, less post-operative pain and less chance of infection.