Clearwater Meniscal Transplant
Minimally Invasive Arthroscopic Procedures
A meniscal transplant a procedure to replace a non-functional meniscus with fresh tissue. This can prevent the progression of arthritis and help to relieve pain.
The Meniscus is the prime shock absorber in the knee. It is a rubbery piece of cartilage that covers the knee in a c-shaped pattern. Putting too much strain on the meniscus can cause it to tear, leaving the bones of the joint to rub against each other and cause a painful sensation.
A torn meniscus can be caused by a number of different things. Some of the most common causes include:
- Trauma to the knee
- A sudden pivot or turn
- Heavy lifting or deep squatting
- Normal Aging (slow tear)
If you believe that you have torn your meniscus, contact Comprehensive Spine Institute in Clearwater today at (727) 300-2537.
Symptoms of a Torn Meniscus
A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries and one that is hard to ignore. You will likely feel the painful symptoms right after the injury occurs.
While imaging is needed to confirm the injury, some of the most common symptoms include:
- Immediate Swelling
- Inability to put weight on the knee without experiencing pain
- A knee popping or clicking sensation
- Limited motion or movement
- Instability or a feeling of looseness at the joint
What Happens During a Meniscal Transplant?
Meniscal Transplants are often done as an arthroscopic procedure to make surgery less invasive and improve the speed of recovery time. During the procedure, tiny incisions are made in the knee so that the arthroscope can be slipped inside. Arthroscopes are equipped with small cameras so that the surgeon can see the inside of the knee using a nearby monitor. Tools attached to the arthroscope will be used to remove the damaged meniscus and attach a new one to the joint.
This procedure can be done on an outpatient basis while patients are under general anesthesia. You will need someone to take you home when the procedure is complete.