Meniscus Magic: Surgical Solutions for Enhanced Mobility!
Menisci are located in the knee joint and are C-shaped. They are between the femur and tibia bones forming the knee joint. There are two menisci in each knee, and they provide knee stability and prevent cartilage injury. It is an important structure for the knee and legs.
There is one inner meniscus and one outer meniscus in a knee. However, over time, the menisci in the knees can tear. Meniscus tear can occur in cases where the person makes sudden movements, runs fast, and engages in sports that require jumping (volleyball, basketball, etc.). Meniscus tear is known to happen to athletes, but meniscus tear can occur in every person, especially old people.
Meniscus Tear Surgery is a surgical procedure developed to prevent this injury. This surgery is performed as a result of damage to the cartilage tissue between the femur and tibia bones. If the meniscus tear is such that it cannot be treated without surgery, then this surgery is performed.
A meniscus tear is the most common type of knee injury and can be caused by many things. For example, as people get older, the meniscus becomes weaker, so a sudden movement can tear the meniscus of older people much more easily.
A Meniscus tear is an injury that often happens to athletes. Athletes, especially those who have to constantly jump or make sudden movements, may experience traumas due to falls, and injuries and as a result, meniscus tears may occur.
Knee rotation or sprain is also one of the factors that cause a meniscus tear. Especially if a person carrying a heavy weight cannot maintain his/her balance, the knee may suddenly rotate and may be injured. A meniscus tear can easily occur in case of excessive weight on the knees.
When all these are considered, it is obvious that meniscus tear is a problem that can happen to everyone. Here, surgeries such as meniscus tears are performed to eliminate such reasons and for people to regain their health.
Surgeons decide whether the meniscus is torn or not after an examination. However, some symptoms may indicate a meniscus tear. These can be listed as knee pain, oedema formation in the knee, knee locking, weakness, or crunching sound.
When the meniscus is torn, the knee hurts. This pain is felt both on the inside and outside of the knee. Afterward, the knee collects oedema and swells. Likewise, patients who face problems such as knee locking and inability to move the knee should urgently have themselves examined by an orthopedic specialist.
There are two different types of Meniscus Tear Surgery. These are named ‘Repair surgery,’ and ‘Partial meniscectomy.’
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When you think that you have a problem with your knee, consult an Orthopedic and Traumatology specialist immediately. The doctor performs tests such as McMurray, Apley, and Steinman to determine whether there is a meniscus tear. He or she bends your knee and controls it with his/her hand. Thus, the doctor can determine the extent to which the meniscus is torn. After that, he or she examines you with medical devices such as MR, Rontgen, and Arthroscopy before Meniscus Tear Surgery.
Afterward, the surgeon performs some tests for the surgery. These may be tests such as ECG, blood test, or general health check. Surgery can be performed if no problems are detected in the test results. The age range and general health status of the person are important for the surgery to be performed. Depending on your general health condition, your doctor determines which anesthesia will be applied.
If you smoke, please quit. If you do not quit smoking, the healing process slows down and increases the risk of complications. Pay attention to your diet and create an area at home for you to rest after the surgery. Your doctor will give you instructions before the surgery. There may be instructions such as medicines you should or should not drink. It is important that you follow these instructions.
The recovery process may vary depending on the surgical method used for the surgery. In addition, the healing process may vary depending on how much the meniscus is torn. If the surgery is performed by your doctor with the method called classical surgery, the patient's knee can heal in about 8-10 weeks. However, if it is performed with the method we call 'arthroscopy', the patient may recover in a shorter time. This situation definitely varies according to the way the surgery is performed and the size of the tear in the meniscus. However, patients who want to overcome the recovery process without problems should strictly follow the doctor's instructions.
After the surgery, the patient should not move the knee for a week. After a week, it may be possible to move it slowly, if the doctor allows it. Hygienic care should be taken to prevent infection of the surgical area, and the patient should also pay attention to his/her diet. The patient should eat foods high in calcium and protein. Smoking and alcohol should be avoided, as this slows down the healing process.
Meniscus tear causes pain, but when the surgery is done the patient does not feel pain anymore, so, this is an advantageous surgery. When the meniscus is torn, it is hard to move the knee but thanks to the surgery, the patient can move his/her knee easily. If the meniscus tear is not treated, this disease damages the knee more and leads to various complications. Therefore, surgery is a definite solution.
When a meniscus tear occurs, the doctor treats the best thing to heal your knee, and also it is possible that you can get rid of the problems in your knees thanks to Meniscus Tear Surgery.
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This varies according to the type of surgery. In arthroscopic surgeries, the patient recovers faster, but 2-3 months are required for the patient to walk completely without any assistance. Normally, with crutches or other walking aids, the patient can start taking steps within a few weeks, but he/she must wait a few months to return to his/her normal life.
You cannot play immediately after the surgery. This is not physically possible anyway. It may take a few months for your knee to heal completely, after these few months, you can continue to do sports after the approval of your doctor.
After the surgery, you will use a crutch to help you walk. You can of course climb stairs with this crutch, but your knee should not move for the first week after the surgery.
Yes, this surgery can fail. If the surgery is performed in an unhygienic condition, the patient's knee may become infected. If the patient does not pay careful attention to the knee after surgery, does not go to physiotherapy, or does not use medication, the surgery may fail.
All surgical surgeries are risky. However, it is possible to reduce this risk rate by taking good precautions. Factors such as agreeing with a dependable doctor, applying what you need to do before and after surgery, and having surgery in a hygienic hospital or clinic reduce the risk rate.
The doctor applies anesthesia to the patient during the surgery. Therefore, it does not hurt during the surgery, but the knee may ache for a while after the surgery, this is very normal. The doctor will prescribe the necessary medication to relieve this pain.
Of course, it is normal. There is nothing to be afraid of. This pain decreases over time.
When you apply to any hospital for this surgery, you can get the answer of when you should come from the best hospital.
Meniscal Tear Surgery is an important surgery. It is not right to leave Turkey immediately after the surgery. We recommend you stay at least 15-20 days. If there is any problem, you can contact your doctor directly.
You cannot run right after the surgery. Depending on the condition of your knee, the surgeon can decide about that.
The success rate of meniscal tear surgery varies between 84% and 94%.
Turkey is an extraordinarily successful country in the field of orthopedics and traumatology as it is in every field of health and hosts many professional surgeons. In addition, Turkey not only takes care of your surgery but also provides your accommodation, VIP transfer, and a special translator in your language.