Into the surgery center: A closer look to an Arthroscopic Knee Meniscectomy

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With the orthopedic care we provide, we make life-changing improvements in the lives of our patients. For anyone who needs surgical treatment, witnessing how we make these improvements, can be immensely helpful and soothing. As we are navigating through the new rules of living, we are also keeping our focus on providing educational content for the community. In the last video, Dr. Armin Tehrany, one of the top New York knee surgeons, shares the process of arthroscopic knee meniscectomy.
  Knee meniscectomy is a minimally-invasive outpatient knee surgery designed to remove the damaged portion of the meniscus. The patient was a 33-year-old runner. His life suffered extreme changes as he was in troubling pain and unable to do his favorite sports activities.  To educate people about meniscus tears, Dr. Tehrany shared the video of the knee surgery. The video offers an up-close look at the meniscus and the level of the damage.  At the beginning of the surgery, Dr. Tehrany noticed the abnormal tear and began removing the damaged area. The torn meniscus was the cause of knee instability. As always, Dr. Tehrany was meticulously careful to remove only the damaged portion of the meniscus. 
“You want to try to remove as little as you can, just what’s unstable and keep the remaining meniscus,” Dr. Tehrany explains.
As he continued with the surgery, Dr. Tehrany noticed another issue that even the patient didn’t know existed.
“See how down here, this kind of looks like a crater that is, unfortunately, arthritis,” he reveals.
Additionally, Dr. Tehrany discovered that the ACL was in a condition as well. Unfortunately, the severity of the condition might have been a result of an ACL reconstruction performed by another surgeon more than a decade earlier. Moreover, the ACL reconstruction might have had an impact on the meniscus tear.
“The problem with ACL reconstructions is there is about a 15-30% chance that after the ACL reconstruction, the patient will have some issues with their sports and activities. They may need a second surgery, not on their ACL necessarily, but their meniscus,” explained Dr. Tehrany.
After gaining a better understanding of the overall knee condition, Dr. Tehrany was able to offer proper recommendations for post-surgical care. As an experienced knee surgeon, Dr. Tehrany understands that every patient requires a unique combination of treatments. Therefore, he tailored a care plan that fit the patient’s individual needs. The team at Manhattan Orthopedic Care will continue to provide superb orthopedic care to elevate knee and shoulder pain and issues with customized treatment plans. If you experience any knee or shoulder pain, schedule a consultation with one of the best orthopedic surgeons in New York, Dr. Armin Tehrany.