Save the meniscus!
How does a meniscus injury occur?
As a result of increasing stress, especially during sports, meniscus injuries occur more and more frequently. In the past, this was usually done radically and the meniscus was completely removed.
However, meniscus tissue is a non-regenerative collagen. That means there is no new formation. Removing the meniscus causes premature osteoarthritis in the knee joint, as without a meniscus, the cartilage damper is missing.
Why shouldn't the meniscus be removed?
The meniscus serves as a type of shock absorber in the body. If this is damaged, very radical action is often taken unnecessarily. The meniscus is partially or completely removed. But especially in young people, the meniscus should by no means simply be removed.
Each resection (removal) leads to an increase in the load on the joint. Without shock absorbers, this stress results in chronic pain and, in the long term, premature knee osteoarthritis.
How should a meniscus injury be treated?
A very good way to preserve the meniscus is to sew the torn meniscus back onto the joint capsule and fix it with a special tissue adhesive. If the condition of the meniscus is restored early, osteoarthritis is prevented and resilience for work and sport is maintained.
What are the limits of treatment?
In our practice, we sew meniscus cracks up to the age of 65. Because it has been shown that every attempt must be made to save the meniscus. This preserves the shock absorber function and prevents osteoarthritis.
If the meniscus is too damaged or has been removed as part of a previous operation, it is possible to implant a meniscus implant made from collagen. This grows into the joint capsule and takes over its original function again.
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11. How is the recovery process going?
This question is very individual and cannot be answered in general terms. It depends on the individual case and in particular on the type of surgical procedure. In any case, it will take several weeks before you can walk again without crutches after knee surgery, until you can fully exercise your knee again, usually up to six months, in some cases even 12 months.
In the case of a cartilage cell transplant, for example, the knee is usually able to regain normal strength only one year after the operation. The recovery process for cruciate ligament ruptures also takes a very long time; a full load may take place after six months at the earliest. This is more difficult to assess during meniscus surgery. The healing process can take from one week to six weeks. Whatever knee surgery you have, it is very important that physiotherapy starts immediately after the operation and that the recovery process is well supervised by professionals. Therefore, do not miss the follow-up tests. They contribute to the fact that
Whatever knee surgery you have, it is very important that physiotherapy starts immediately after the operation and that the recovery process is well supervised by professionals. Therefore, do not miss the follow-up tests. They help make the operation worthwhile for you and hopefully you can move (almost) pain-free again.