What Are the Risks and Potential Complications of Meniscus Surgery of the Knee?
Meniscus surgery of the knee has a low rate of complications, with complications occurring around 2% of the time. Some people may have blood clots after surgery from immobility. Your doctor will work with you to prevent these if you are at risk. In addition, some people have complications from the anesthesia used during the procedure. Tell your doctor if you have ever had a complication in a surgery or if you have any medication allergies. However, complications from this procedure are very rare and can usually be managed quickly.
What Happens During this Surgery?
During surgery, you will first be put under total anesthesia, which means you will be asleep. The area being operated on will be totally numbed. Then, your surgeon will make a small incision to insert instruments as well as a small camera. They will either connect damaged pieces of meniscus using small plastic sutures or remove any excessive damaged tissue. They will then close your incisions and you will be brought out of anesthesia in a recovery room.
What Happens During Recovery and Rehabilitation?
Some people who have meniscus surgery will need rehabilitation soon after surgery. In many cases, this is done by a physical therapist. The goal of this therapy is to reduce swelling and strengthen the muscles supporting the knee to ensure a full recovery. Most people can begin introducing normal activity within several weeks of their surgery. Pain is an issue initially and can be treated with ice, anti-inflammatory medications, pain medications, or a combination of these. Your orthopedic surgeon will determine a recovery and rehabilitation approach that is right for your unique situation.