When the meniscus suffers a severe tear that cannot be repaired, causing knee locking and ongoing pain, partial or total meniscectomy is recommended to regain proper joint use. The intervention can be performed simultaneously with other procedures, such as an ACL reconstruction that actually improve its chance of success.
Although open surgery used to be performed in the past, now operating physicians prefer the minimally invasive arthroscopic method to carry out meniscectomies, which favors faster recovery.
Meniscectomy usually takes about 1 hour to complete if the intervention doesn't include other additional procedures. After their operation, patients are moved to the recovery room and can return home after the effects of the anesthetic wear off.
Patients should have a designated driver on the way back; likewise, it's recommended that patients ensure someone helps out with menial tasks in the first 24-48 hours of their recovery.