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Your meniscus is a layer of cartilage in your knee joint that acts like a shock absorber between the bones in your upper and lower knee. It allows your knee joint to move smoothly and helps keep it stable.

A torn meniscus may not heal on its own as there is a limited blood supply to that area. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Limited knee function

If conservative treatment for your meniscus tear is not successful, your consultant may recommend a meniscectomy.

What happens during a meniscectomy?

A meniscectomy is usually performed arthroscopically under general or local anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make small incisions (cuts) in your knee and access the meniscus using special surgical tools and a tiny camera. They will assess any damage, clean out the area and repair any tears. Your surgical wounds will be closed using stitches, staples or steristrips.

A physiotherapist will visit you before you leave hospital to show you gentle exercises that will help restore your range of motion and strength in your knee.

A meniscectomy is usually performed as a day case meaning you can go home the day of your operation. You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to take you home when you are discharged.

Going home after a meniscectomy

You may need to use crutches in the first few days following your surgery. Continue to take any pain relief medication as prescribed.

Use ice on your knee to help control swelling and pain. Wrap any ice pack with a tea towel and apply several times a day for 10-20 minutes.

If your incisions are dry you can remove your dressing after two days. Keep the area clean and dry until your follow-up visit. Use a water proof dressing when showering.

Continue doing your exercises as prescribed. You should avoid any strenuous activity until released to do so by your consultant.

Be sure and discuss any return to work with your consultant.

As with any procedure there can be complications including:

Why not print this treatment page so you can discuss any concerns you have with your consultant?


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67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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01273 624488
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0117 906 4870
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4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 303336
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Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
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Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
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Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
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Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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01473 279100
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01865 307777
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01642 367439
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01892 531111
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01926 436351
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Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
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Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

01483 227800
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Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
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01904 715000
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