Meniscal Tears

F.A.Q. | Frequently Asked Questions

Can a meniscal tear heal by itself?
As it does not have its own blood supply, it can't always get the required nutrients for self repair. Thus it depends on where abouts it is torn, but generally menisci have very poor ability to heal by themselves.

What is a meniscectomy?
It is a fairly simple operation in which all or part of the torn meniscus is removed.

Can an x-ray pick up a meniscal tear?
No, an x-ray is performed to rule out the presence of arthritis or a bony fragments. X-rays look at bones while soft tissue (such as your meniscus) can be picked up via MRI.

After the operation when can I expect to notice a decrease in my pain?
Most patients notice a decreased pain after about a week. However, if there is pre-existing arthritis it may take 6 weeks to notice a difference.

When can I return to sport?
Usually in around 4-6 weeks. However, if you have a meniscal repair it will take 3-4 months.

When can I fly after my operation?
It is recommended not to fly on an airplane for a week after surgery due to the concern of leg swelling and blood clots called Deep Vein Thrombosis.

7 November, 2011