About Meniscal Repair Surgery
If your meniscus is severely damaged or has been removed, it is likely that the articular cartilage protecting your knee will begin to wear. As this cartilage wears away, it becomes frayed and rough. Moving the bones along this exposed surface is painful. This condition is osteoarthritis. Depending on the severity of your injury and your activity level, you may require surgery to repair the meniscus and regain full function of your knee. Our orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine providers work with you on developing a specialized treatment plan with your goals in mind with a team dedicated to helping you every step of the way.
Meniscal Repair Surgery at UT Health Austin
Upon evaluation of your knee, including imaging, your clinician will discuss whether surgical or nonsurgical treatment is the best route depending on your goals and activity level. Surgical treatment involves repairing the meniscus and cartilage or a complete meniscus transplant. Your care team will walk you through the risks and benefits as well as what to expect from the procedure and recovery process. Surgery is conducted arthroscopically using minimally invasive incisions. Post-surgery most patients experience a reduction in pain and improvement in function with rehabilitation.
Care Team Approach
At UT Health Austin, we take a multidisciplinary approach to your care. This means you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines caring for you in one place to avoid having to schedule multiple appointments with providers at locations all over the city. The Sports and Injury Clinic care team includes orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers, and more, who work together to help you get back to the things in your life that matter most to you.
We also collaborate with our colleagues at The University of Texas at Austin and the Dell Medical School to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to provide you with comprehensive, whole-person orthopedic care to help you meet your goals. Treatment may include non-surgical interventions, such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, or medication and injections, or surgery may be the best course of action to help improve your pain and function. Advanced imaging and lab testing are also available on-site if needed.