A meniscectomy is a surgery that is used to treat a damaged meniscus. A meniscus is a structure made of cartilage that helps your knee work properly a person has two of them in each knee. A total of meniscectomy refers to surgical removal of the entire meniscus and partial meniscectomy refers to the elimination of only the damaged part.
The aim of the surgery is to remove fragments of the meniscus that stick out into the joint. These fragments interfere with joint movement and cause your knee to lock. Minor tears usually heal on their own without surgery but severe tears often require surgical repair.
There are two types of surgery: Arthroscopic surgery and open surgery requires. Usually, arthroscopic surgery is preferred because it causes less muscle and tissue damage and leads to a quicker recovery but sometimes the tear pattern, location, or severity makes open surgery inevitable.
An orthopedic surgeon performs meniscectomy. To become an orthopedic surgeon a four-year MBBS course has to be done followed by an MD in Orthopedics. Orthopedic surgeons operate on patients with musculoskeletal problems.
Singapore offers the most excellent services assisted by the latest technology. The surgeons are extensively trained and the hospitals have the utmost facilities.
Hospitals like the Mount Elizabeth and Raffles Hospital, amongst others, and surgeons like Dr. David Wong Him Choon and Dr. Tho Kam San perform meniscectomy.
The cost of the procedure in Singapore depends on factors such as age, medical history, medical complications, type of procedure, and doctors involved. The cost of meniscectomy surgery ranges from 7,300 USD to 10,000 USD. It is less than the cost of treatment in countries like the US and the UK.
Meniscectomy is a type of meniscus tear treatment in which a part of the meniscus is removed. This is done when an individual suffers from a type of a knee injury called meniscus tear. The surgical decision to remove all of or a part of the meniscus is taken based on the overall health, age, activity level, and the nature of injury of the patient.
This meniscus treatment is performed by a team of orthopaedic surgeons. The doctor is likely to advise this surgery if they think that it is the best available treatment for you, depending on the exact location of the tear, its pattern, and size.
There are different types of a meniscus tear. A small meniscus tear usually requires no surgery and heals on its own through home treatment. A moderate to larger tear in the red zone of the meniscus is best treated with the help of a meniscectomy surgery. A tear in the white zone of the meniscus, on the other hand, is not treated with the help of meniscectomy surgery because there are fewer chances of healing.
Before the surgery, local or general anaesthesia may be administered to numb the area or put the patient in temporary sleep, respectively. Meniscus surgery is mostly performed with the help of an arthroscope. It is a special instrument with a camera attached to it. It is used to examine the knee joint, identify the area of damage, and conduct the repair.
During the surgery, an arthroscope is inserted through a small incision near the knee joint. The surgeon is able to view the joint and accordingly guide surgical instruments to make the repair. In the case of total meniscectomy, the entire meniscus is removed. In partial meniscectomy, the surgeon tries to remove as a limited amount of meniscus as possible.
Some patients may require an open procedure for meniscus removal. It is up to the surgeon to decide which approach would be best suitable for the patients. But the end decision lies with the patient. Arthroscopic meniscus tear treatment is usually conducted in the outpatient room.
You will be advised to rest after the surgery, followed by light exercises and walking. People who undergo an arthroscopic procedure are usually able to put weight on their affected leg within a day or two of the surgery. The rest of them may take a couple of more days. Arthroscopic procedure is a minimally-invasive procedure that allows for quick recovery and minimal pain and healing time. Such patients can return to their normal routine and full activities within two to four weeks, while others may take up to eight weeks.
Painkillers may be administered to relieve any discomfort that the patient may experience. It is important for the patients to follow the exercise routine and take rehabilitation seriously after the surgery to expedite recovery.
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