What is Meniscal Transplant Surgery?

Knee problems can make your life absolutely miserable. It can be nearly impossible to get around and do the things you enjoy with knees that won’t function well. For many people, this eventually comes to a point where you consider knee surgery as an option.

Candidates for Meniscal Transplant

If you have been told that you’ve injured the cartilage in your knee, also known as your meniscus, it means that the cushion in the joint formed by your knee cap, thigh bone, and shinbone has become damaged. Without this cushion absorbing the impact of normal activities such as walking, standing, crouching, or kneeling, you may be in major pain every day. A cartilage or meniscus injury may make you a candidate for Meniscal Transplant Surgery.

Prior to Your Surgery

Before your Meniscal Transplant knee surgery can take place, you may be screened through blood and tissue type matching against a donor list. The right donor cartilage selection is very important so the correctly sized meniscus can be inserted into your knee to take the place of your damaged and eroded cushion.

During Surgery

Meniscal Transplants are done arthroscopically, which means a small incision is used to perform the work. First a tiny camera may be inserted into your knee to inspect the cavity. Once the orthopedic surgeon has a good view of the area, he or she will insert miniature tools to excise any bad tissue then bring in and secure the donor cartilage.

Recover and Rehabilitate

After the new meniscus is sutured in and your incisions closed, you’ll go through typical surgical recovery. You may wear a knee brace for several weeks to allow the transplanted meniscus to heal firmly in place. You will eventually be put on a strict rehabilitation schedule with a physical therapist who will help you regain motion and strength in your improve knee joint. It is very important that you put forth as much effort into your physical therapy after your knee surgery as possible, since the quality of your recovery is a direct result of your diligence and effort. Within 6-12 months after your surgery you should expect to be quite nearly fully recovered.

Meniscal transplant surgery is a great solution for younger, active people who don’t want the complications or restrictions of a full replacement. Talk to your orthopedic surgeon today to see if this surgery is a viable option for you.

 

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