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How Long Does It Take To Recover From Lateral Meniscus Tear?

Dr. Daniel Silver - Silver Orthopedics April 20, 2018

Injuries to the knee such as a meniscus tear won't heal on their own. Also known as "torn cartilage," the meniscus is located between your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone). The role of the meniscus is to serve as a cushion between these two bones. However, this cartilage is prone to tearing, particularly in athletes in high collision or high impact sports. Likewise, in older people, the meniscus is prone to tearing and can result from an act as simple as standing from a sitting position.

Symptoms Of Torn Meniscus

The most obvious symptom of a meniscus tear is a popping feeling. Men and women in the San Fernando Valley who have torn their meniscus may still be able to walk, but their knee will eventually begin to swell. Pain will follow, and a feeling like the knee is going to give out are often reported. Expert Encino Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Silver will first use an MRI to confirm a lateral meniscus tear.

At Silver Orthopedics in Encino, non-surgical treatments options will always be considered first. However, more often than not, arthroscopic surgery will be required to fix the torn cartilage. During this arthroscopic procedure, Dr. Silver will be able to view the damaged part of the meniscus, and plan for trimming, or repairing. For peripheral tears, a repair is possible using a technique Dr. Silver actually developed 20 years ago.

Recovering from a Lateral Meniscus Tear

Arthroscopic surgery to treat a lateral meniscus tear in the San Fernando Valley is done as an outpatient surgery, which generally requires less than an hour. Since it's an arthroscopic surgery, it only requires a few small incisions, thus reducing scarring, reducing the likelihood of infection, and minimizing the potential for complications.

Men and women who have arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus can walk immediately following the procedure performed by Dr. Silver. You will require a brace and crutches or another walking device, but you won't be confined to bed.

Recovery from meniscus surgery generally take 8 weeks, and will include rehabilitation, such as strengthening exercises to ensure you get your mobility and range of motion back as quickly as possible.

If you are experiencing swelling, pain, popping, or instability in your knee, schedule an appointment to see an expert Encino Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Silver, Founder of Silver Orthopedics in Encino has performed tens of thousands of arthroscopic surgeries. Contact Silver Orthopedics in Encino at 818- 784-9593 to schedule an appointment.