There are many things to consider when deciding how to treat yourtorn meniscus, including the extent and location of the tear, your pain level, your age and activity level, your doctor's preference, and when the injury occurred.
Your treatment choices are:
- Nonsurgical treatment with rest, ice, compression, elevation, andphysical therapy. This may include wearing a temporary knee brace.
- Surgical repairSurgical repair to sew the tear together.
- Partial meniscectomyPartial meniscectomy, which is surgery to remove the torn section.
- Total meniscectomy, which is surgery to remove the entire meniscus. This is generally avoided, because this option increases the risk for osteoarthritis in the knee.
Whenever possible, meniscus surgery is done using arthroscopy, rather than through a large cut in the knee.