Meniscal injuries

Meniscal injuries

Meniscal injuries are amongst the commonest problems seen by knee specialists at Schoen Clinic.

Whilst our knee specialists commonly treat professional sportsmen and women who have sustained meniscal cartilage injuries, the majority of our patients tear their cartilages undertaking relative routine day-to-day activities.

Meniscal injuries: aftercare

After surgery, the knee is dressed with a woollen bandage and you will be encouraged to walk within an hour after you have woken up and have had a meal. You will be able to walk without sticks or crutches but we advise that limiting walking to short distances initially and build up gradually to normal activity. Driving is normally possible after two days and once you are confident enough to be able to do an emergency stop.

Any pain is normally controlled with a combination of anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers, which may include simple paracetamol as well as some codeine and or anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. Physiotherapy should start within a few days of your discharge and plays a vital part in post-operative recovery.

You will normally be seen at Schoen Clinic two weeks after your operation to check wounds and to remove the stitches, if necessary. We expect you to be making good progress by this stage, but not to be fully recovered.

Generally, full recovery takes about six weeks, but most patients can return to work within the first week. However, attempting to do too much too early on, can often be counterproductive, irritating the sensitive remnant of the meniscus and causing a recurrence of pain.

It is very important for the knee to be given appropriate care and respect in the early stages including regular icing and the vast majority of patients will return to professional and amateur sports by six weeks post-surgery.