What are Meniscal Injuries/ Tears?

The meniscus is a soft tissue that acts as a shock absorber between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone). Each knee has two distinct menisci: the medial (inner aspect of the knee) and lateral (outer aspect of the knee).

Meniscal tears are one of the most common problems treated by orthopaedic surgeons today. The meniscus plays an important role in knee mobility and distribution of forces within the knee joint and, therefore, it should be repaired on priority.

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What is Meniscal Injuries/ Tears?

The meniscus is a soft tissue that acts as a shock absorber between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone). Each knee has two distinct menisci: the medial (inner aspect of the knee) and lateral (outer aspect of the knee).

Meniscal tears are one of the most common problems treated by orthopaedic surgeons today. The meniscus plays an important role in knee mobility and distribution of forces within the knee joint and, therefore, should be repaired whenever possible.

What are the causes or symptoms?

  • Acute meniscus tears result from a sudden twisting or pivoting manoeuvre.
  • Acute meniscus tears are sometimes associated with ACL injuries.
  • Meniscus tears, cause immediate pain over the specific meniscus.
  • Potentially swelling and bruising. Loss of motion and strength.
  • Clicking or catching while walking and increased pain while twisting on the affected foot.
  • The knee may feel locked (aka - bucket handle meniscus).

How Meniscal Injury is diagnosed?

Your surgeon will perform a thorough history and physical exam with X-rays. During examination if, swelling and loss of motion and strength is present. The knee is painful to touch over the affected meniscus. Your surgeon may perform provocative manoeuvre to test each meniscus, resulting in pain and clicking if the meniscus is torn. X-rays are usually normal. MRI is helpful to confirm the diagnosis and characterize the tear for surgical planning. Other injuries can also be identified on the MRI.

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How Meniscal Injury is treated?

Meniscus tears can be treated in most cases with a minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery. Depending on the size and type of tear, as well as the extent of the torn tissue, your surgeon may choose to remove the torn meniscus or repair it with a series of sutures.

At Nexus Day Surgery centre our surgeons provide multiple options for meniscus repair, including the revolutionary all-suture FiberStitch™ implant for all-inside meniscus repair and the ZoneNavigator™ system with 0.9 mm SutureTape for inside-out meniscus repairs. The Knee Scorpion™ suture passer can be used to arthroscopically place suture for a meniscus-based all-suture repair.

Why Choose Nexus Day Surgery Centre?

Nexus Day Surgery Centre is focused on soft tissue surgeries and pain management procedures that can be performed on a day-stay basis, meaning the patients can get the procedure done and go home the same day. Our mission is to offer the most advanced and least invasive procedures, biological treatments and pain management for sports medicine injuries and arthritis in India, performed by highly skilled and internationally renowned surgeons and physicians. We also offer the affordable cost of treatment with state of the art facility, and well connected location with international airport, domestic airport, western, central and harbour local train network. Proximity to Versova Ghatkopar Metro line and located in midst of hotels for patient attendant convenient stay if needed.

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Meet Our Specialists Surgeons

    DR. MANU BORA
  • MS - Orthopaedics Sports Injury, Arthroscopy & ACL EXPERT
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon

  • Work Experience: 15 years

    DR. SANJAY DESAI
  • MS (Bom), MCh (Eng), DNB, DOrth Arthroscopy & Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Specialist in Knee & Shoulder Surgery

  • Work Experience: 30 years

    Dr. YAJUVENDRA GAWAI
  • MBBS, MS Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine & Shoulder Surgery
  • Specialist in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy

  • Work Experience: 20 years

    DR. BHUSHAN SABNIS
  • MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, DNB, MRCS (UK)
  • FRCS - Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Injury Specialist

  • Work Experience: 23 years

    DR. AMYN RAJANI
  • M.S – Orthopaedics (Gold Medalist)
  • Consultant Knee & Shoulder Surgeon, Specialist in Joint Replacement, Arthroscopy & Sports Injury

  • Work Experience: 22 years

    DR. MITEN SHETH
  • MS, DNB – Orthopaedics, IOC Diploma in Sports Medicine
  • Consultant Knee Surgeon

  • Work Experience: 10 years

    DR. VINAY TANTUWAY
  • MBBS, MS Orthopaedics
  • Specialist in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgeon of Shoulder, Hip and knee.

  • Work Experience: 20 years

    DR. KRUNAL SONI
  • M.Ch Ortho, M.S. Ortho, FIASM, FACS.
  • Joint Replacement (TKR & THR), Arthroscopy (Knee & Shoulder), Orthopedic Trauma

  • Work Experience: 15 years

    DR. PRITHVIRAJ DESHMUKH
  • MS – Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Pain & Orthobiologics Specialist

  • Work Experience: 5 years

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions? We're here to help.

  • What is a meniscus tear and what causes it?

    A meniscus tear is a common knee injury that occurs when the cartilage in the knee joint is damaged. It can be caused by a sudden twisting or turning motion, a direct blow to the knee, or degeneration due to aging.

  • Not all people require surgery for their meniscal injury. The decision mainly depends on Type,Size, Location or Grade of the tear. It also depends on patients symptoms, age and their lifestyle.

  • Some patients think the injury will heal over the time but the truth is that there different types of meniscal tears and some wor heal without surgical intervention. If your tear is on the outer one third of the meniscus it may heal on its own or be repaired surgically as this area is rich in blood supply.but if tear if in the inner most portion then due to lack of blood supply the tear won't heal.

  • Knee osteoarthritis occurs when there is damage to the articular cartilage, which is a tough fibrous covering inside the knee below knee cap. A Meniscus is a soft rubbery tissue that helps cushion the knee joint above the articular cartilage, injury to his portion leads Meniscal Injury.

  • Recovery time from a meniscus tear can vary depending on the severity of the injury and the treatment chosen. Conservative treatments such as rest and physical therapy may take several weeks to several months, while surgery may require a longer recovery period. It is important to follow the instructions of your doctor for the best recovery outcome.

  • The biggest difference is whether the pain developed over time or suddenly following an injury. If your knee pain increases gradually and not directed to a specific point in the knee then there are chances that the pain may be from osteoarthritis. If your knee pain arose suddenly, due to some awkward motion or trauma to the knee , then you may have meniscal tear.