The meniscus are a C shaped discs within the knee made of fibrocartilage that essentially provide cushioning and stability...
Evolution of Meniscus Surgery
The procedure is done arthroscopically with two small incisions in the front of the knee. However, not all meniscal tears benefit from repair as the blood supply to the meniscus is decreased as you go from the outside to the inside of the meniscus. For this reason, only tears in the more peripheral regions have the optimal blood supply to heal and are the best options for meniscal repair . Repairs consist of putting a suture material through the tear and closing down the defective area. Sometimes large incisions need to be made on the inner or outer portion of the knee to facilitate and secure the meniscal repair, called an inside-out procedure. This inside-out repair technique is associated with more post-operative pain and potential damage to the nearby blood vessels and nerves.