Treating Meniscus Problems
Don't eat or drink 10 hours before surgery.
Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery.
Tell your doctor if you take medications, supplements, or herbal remedies.
The type of surgery you have depends on the nature of your tear. Your surgeon may use arthroscopy, a method that sends video images from inside your knee. Arthroscopy only requires small incisions, and you can usually go home the same day as surgery. During surgery, you may have local anesthesia, a regional block (numbing your from the waist down), or general anesthesia. General anesthesia means you'll be "asleep."
For certain tears, your surgeon will try to repair the meniscus. Torn edges are sutured so they can heal properly. Or special fasteners are used to repair damage. In some cases, repairs may require another incision at the back or side of your knee.
In most cases, your surgeon will remove the damaged part of your meniscus. The meniscus won't completely grow back, so as little tissue as possible is removed. The articular cartilage will take over the role as shock absorber for your knee joint.
You'll spend some time in recovery and can go home when you've recovered from the anesthesia. Your knee will be bandaged, and you may have stitches, steri-strips, or staples. You may need crutches and may have a splint for support.