New video: Arthroscopic knee meniscectomy to help a young man return to his everyday routine
Meniscus tears are the most common knee injuries. Anyone at any age is at risk of developing a tear in the meniscus. They can occur due to trauma to the knee or the degenerative changes that happen over time.
While most patients continue with their lives without problem, the knee will gradually become extremely painful, stiff, and swollen. Moreover, the condition can worsen to a point where the person will not be able to walk freely or at all.
Recently, Dr. Tehrany had a patient who had a severely damaged meniscus tear. While the tear was partial, it was causing extreme difficulties for the patient to perform his everyday activities. Because he was a single father, Dr. Tehrany explored every treatment available to provide long-term results with less downtime for the patient.
Since surgery was the only option to fix the meniscus tear, Dr. Tehrany recommended proceeding with an arthroscopic knee meniscectomy. Dr. Tehrany turned the surgery into a learning opportunity by recording the surgical process with the patient’s consent.
Arthroscopic Knee Meniscectomy
In most patients, knee arthroscopy is used to further diagnose the knee by inserting a camera into the knee joint.
Arthroscopic knee meniscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to remove the damaged portion of the meniscus or the entire meniscus in complete tears.
For this patient, Dr. Tehrany tried to fix his meniscus without removing much of it. The goal was to make the knee stable and enable the patient to continue his life without pain or the need for a second surgery.
“It would be ideal if this was so much more stable down here. He still runs the risk that we are going to have to take this all out. That’s a lot. It is better for his own safety to leave as much meniscus intact as possible,” explained Dr. Tehrany.
After the knee meniscectomy, the patient went through extensive physical therapy that he responded well to. During rehabilitation, it’s crucial to regain knee range of motion and quadriceps muscle strength. That is why Dr. Tehrany is always exceptionally careful when recommending physical therapy doctors.
With the help of the physical therapist that Dr. Tehrany recommended, the patient successfully recovered from the injury that limited his everyday routine.
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