What is the treatment for an injured medial meniscus?
Treatment for an injury to the medial meniscus will vary, depending on the type, area and severity of the tear. Dr. Williams also takes into consideration the age, health and goals of the patient.
Conservative treatment may occur for tears in the red zone that are small. Non-surgical treatment for an injured or torn medial meniscus include:
- RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
- NSAIDs – Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
- Physical Therapy
Surgical treatment will be based upon the type, size and location of the medial meniscus tear. Dr. Williams has extensive successful experience in the surgical treatment of meniscus tears and may perform one or more of the following surgical treatments:
- Partial Meniscectomy
- Meniscus repair
- Meniscus transplantation
Many surgical meniscus procedures can be done arthroscopically using small incisions and a small camera called an arthroscope. The camera relays images onto a screen and Dr. Williams uses small, specialized instruments to operate inside the knee. There are many benefits to arthroscopic knee surgery including a quicker recovery time, less chance of infection and less post-operative pain.