A meniscectomy is a surgical procedure to repair a meniscus tear. The
orthopaedic surgeon may remove part or all of the meniscus, which is a section of cartilage
in the knee joint. Meniscus tears can cause considerable knee pain, swelling,
and reduced range of motion. They are a common type of sports injury that
may result from contact sports or abrupt changes in movement. If your
orthopaedic doctor recommends that you undergo a meniscectomy, there are
some steps you can take to prepare.
Consult an Orthopaedic Surgeon
decide to have a meniscectomy, your orthopaedic surgeon will need to know about all of the medications
you’re taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements.
Disclose your other medical conditions, including your allergies, and
discuss whether you’ve previously had surgery. You might meet with
an anesthesiologist, who will need to know if you’ve previously
had anesthesia and whether you experienced adverse reactions to it. During
your consultation with the orthopaedic surgeon, you should also ask any
questions you may have about the procedure, such as questions about potential
complications. You may be asked to undergo a medical exam, blood tests,
and imaging scans.
Follow the Pre-Operative Instructions
Your orthopaedic surgeon will give you pre-operative instructions to follow.
You may be asked to discontinue certain medications, vitamins, and supplements.
If you smoke, you may be asked to quit. Smoking inhibits the healing process
and can increase the risk of complications. Do not eat or drink anything
after midnight on the evening before your surgery. This includes coffee
and water. Consuming anything after midnight can result in serious complications
of the anesthesia.
Plan Your Recovery
Before your surgery, you should arrange to take some time off work to recover.
Your orthopaedic surgeon will let you know when you can return to your
usual activities. You will need someone to drive you to and from the surgery
center. Someone will need to stay with you for a few days to help you
out around the home and take you to physical therapy appointments.
The orthopaedic surgeons at
MK Orthopaedics have extensive training and experience in performing surgeries of the
knee, including meniscectomies. If you have any questions about your upcoming
meniscectomy, please call our offices at (815) 741-6900. We offer sports
medicine specialty services in Joliet, Bolingbrook, Shorewood, and Plainfield.