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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.

About the Sports and Injury Clinic

The UT Health Austin Musculoskeletal Institute Sports and Injury Clinic includes experts in hip and knee orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time. For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medication and injections can help improve pain and function, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.