Save the meniscus!
How does a meniscus injury occur?
Meniscus injuries are becoming more and more frequent due to increasing stress, especially during sports. In the past, the procedure was usually radical and the meniscus was removed completely.
However, the meniscus tissue is a non-regenerative collagen. This means that new formation does not occur. Removing the meniscus leads to premature arthrosis in the knee joint, because without the meniscus the cartilage damper is missing.
Why should the meniscus not be removed?
The meniscus serves as a kind of shock absorber in the body. If it is damaged, very radical measures are often taken unnecessarily. The meniscus is partially or completely removed. But especially in young people, the meniscus should never simply be removed.
Every resection (removal) leads to an increase in the load on the joint. Without shock absorbers, this stress results in chronic pain and premature knee osteoarthritis in the long term.
How should a meniscus injury be treated?
A very good way to preserve the meniscus is to sew the torn out meniscus back onto the joint capsule and fix it with a special tissue adhesive. If the meniscus is restored at an early stage, arthrosis is prevented and the resilience for work and sport is maintained.
What are the limits of treatment?
In our practice, we suture meniscus tears up to the age of 65. Because it has been shown that every attempt must be made to save the meniscus. This preserves the shock absorber function and prevents arthrosis.
If the meniscus is too damaged or has been removed in a previous operation, it is possible to implant a meniscus implant made of collagen. This grows into the joint capsule and takes over the original function again.
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11. what is the recovery process?
This question is very individual and cannot be answered in general terms. It depends on the individual case and in particular on the type of surgical intervention. In any case, it will take several weeks before you can walk again without crutches after a knee operation, and it usually takes up to six months, and in some cases even 12 months, before you can put full weight on your knee again.
In the case of a cartilage cell transplant, for example, the knee can usually only be loaded normally again one year after the operation. The recovery process for cruciate ligament tears is also very long; full weight-bearing is not permitted until six months at the earliest. This is more difficult to assess in the case of meniscus surgery. Whatever knee surgery you have, it is very important that physiotherapy begins immediately after the operation and that the recovery process is well supervised by specialists. Therefore, do not miss the follow-up examinations under any circumstances. They help to ensure that the
Whatever knee surgery you get, it is very important that immediately after the operation physiotherapy begins and that the recovery process is professionally well accompanied. Therefore, do not miss the follow-up examinations under any circumstances. They help to ensure that the operation is worthwhile for you and that you can hopefully move (almost) pain-free again.