Meniscus is a hard cartilage; it is an important shock absorber for the knee. Damage to the meniscus leaves the patient with less protection for the cartilage and bone. Therefore, we must do our best to protect, repair and save the meniscus.
There are many ways to treat meniscus tears, removal and meniscectomy should be the last option. As technology and biological treatments mature, there are many new ways to treat meniscus damage.Book Online
Studies show that removing up to 10% of the meniscus can increase joint stress by about 70%. For those with larger tears requiring the removal of 50% of the meniscus or more, these forces within the knee joint increase at a staggering rate which will cause damage to the cells. For this reason, removing part of the meniscus will begin a degenerative cascade, leading to earlier onset of knee osteoarthritis and an increased likelihood of knee replacement surgery.
With the advance in medical science and our understanding in biology, it is now possible to repair meniscus tears which was not possible before. Using a biological scaffold to support the meniscus can increase the chances for success.
Growth factors and bone marrow stem cells can be used to support and enhance meniscus repair. A collagen and hyaluronan support can be used to augment the repair and give the body the opportunity to heal.
Artificial meniscus support and scaffold can be used to regenerate the meniscus, it is useful for larger tears and patients who have had part of their meniscus removed. It gives a 2nd chance for the body to regrow and regenerate the meniscus.
For meniscus with extensive damage, replacement is possible with either biological or synthetic materials. It is important to restore structural support to the knee and reduce the contact pressure to delay the onset of arthritis. Talk to our experts to see what option is available for you.Book Online