Procedures: ACL Reconstruction And Meniscal Repairs
The two menisci in our knees receive their blood supply from the periphery (red-red zone), whereas the inner aspect of the menisci does not (white-white zone). Meniscal tears in the red-red zone heal promptly when they are repaired, while tears in the white-white zone cannot heal despite being patched back. Therefore, tears in the white-white zone are shaven down and smoothened out to prevent them from worsening.
These operations are done through arthroscopic (keyhole) techniques with scars measuring about 1cm long. This promotes quicker healing and has a lower risk of infection. It is extremely important to preserve the menisci because the knee can wear out quicker without them.
After the surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon will provide a knee brace to protect the knee, and to prevent from excessively bending the knee unnecessarily while the knee heals. Patients will also be on crutches for up to 4 weeks to ensure minimal pressure on the treated leg while walking.