Meniscus Surgery

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Meniscus Surgery services offered in Upper East Side, New York and White Plains, NY

If you play sports like basketball or soccer, you’re more likely to experience a meniscus injury. Fortunately, early intervention and treatment can prevent complications and restore your mobility. At Andrew D. Pearle, MD, board-certified orthopedic knee surgeon Dr. Pearle and nurse practitioner Emma Jane Smith perform meniscus surgery on adults and teens. To make an appointment on the Upper East Side in New York City, or in White Plains, New York, call the nearest office or book online today.


What is meniscus surgery?

Meniscus surgery is an orthopedic procedure that repairs or removes a torn meniscus –– a piece of cartilage that stabilizes and supports your knee. Anyone can experience a meniscus injury, but they’re common in people ages 65 and older and athletes.

If you experience knee pain and it doesn’t improve with at-home treatments, make an appointment with Dr. Pearle immediately.

Am I a candidate for meniscus surgery?

Whether or not you’re a candidate for meniscus surgery depends on several factors, including:

  • The type and size of the tear
  • Your age
  • Your activity level and lifestyle
  • The severity of your symptoms

Usually, Dr. Pearle recommends nonsurgical treatments first, like ice, rest, physical therapy, or anti-inflammatory medication. If your symptoms don’t improve or worsen, he moves forward with surgery.

What does meniscus surgery involve?

Dr. Pearle offers several types of minimally invasive meniscus surgery, including:

Meniscus repair

During meniscus repair surgery, Dr. Pearle uses special surgical tools to make several small incisions above your knee. Then, he inserts an arthroscope –– a thin tube with a camera and a light on the end. The arthroscope provides video images in real-time that Dr. Pearle views on a TV monitor in the operating room.

Dr. Pearle carefully stitches the pieces of your meniscus together, removes the surgical tools, and closes the incision. 

Partial meniscectomy

Often, meniscus repair isn’t possible. If that’s the case, Dr. Pearle performs a partial meniscectomy. During the procedure, he uses special tools to trim and remove the damaged cartilage, leaving healthy meniscus tissue in place.

What is recovery like after meniscus surgery?

Dr. Pearle performs meniscus surgery on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home after the procedure. After the anesthesia wears off, it’s normal to experience mild swelling, pain, and bruising. Take your medication, get plenty of rest, and follow Dr. Pearle’s instructions.

What are the benefits of meniscus surgery?

Meniscus surgery offers various benefits, including:

  • Improved mobility
  • Increased knee stability
  • Reduced knee pain
  • Reduced risk of arthritis

Meniscus surgery can even help you return to your favorite activities, like playing sports or working out at the gym.

To explore the benefits of meniscus surgery, make an appointment at the practice of Andrew D. Pearle, MD, by calling the nearest office or booking online.