Partial meniscectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat meniscal tears. It involves removing as little of the damaged part of the meniscus as possible in order to smooth the edges of the tear and avoid any fraying which can cause further issues.
How is surgery carried out?
Surgery is carried out using arthroscopy, a type of keyhole surgery using a small telescope like camera to remove or repair the tissues and correct any problems.
After surgery you may need crutches to help you to walk however, you will be allowed to fully weight-bear as pain allows straight away. Your knee may be swollen and bruised so you should keep your leg elevated (raised) when you are not walking or exercising. You will be offered painkillers to manage the pain and be given a plan of exercise to promote recovery.
Everyone is different, so healing and post-operative rehabilitation will vary from person to person. Each patient will be assessed and treated according to his or her own progress after surgery. The ward physiotherapist will give you some simple exercises while you are still in hospital to help with your recovery. The exercises aim to get your knee comfortably moving again, strengthen your muscles and aid your circulation.
Once you are able to walk comfortably and safely, both on flat ground and on the stairs, and you have a satisfactory range of movement in your knee, you will be ready to return home.