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What is a Meniscus Tear?

knee pain, meniscus tear, orthopedic surgeryA meniscus tear involves the rubbery disc that cushions the knee. Each knee has a meniscus on the outer edge of the knee, and one on the inner edge of the knee. The meniscus helps the knee remain steady by balancing the weight across the knee. If the meniscus sustains an injury resulting in a tear, the knee may not function properly. A tear may occur when playing sports or lifting heavy items. According to our orthopedic knee specialists at FAITH Surgical Center, a tear typically occurs when the foot is planted and the knee is twisted while bent.

Symptoms of a Meniscus Tear

A meniscus tear can be minor, moderate or severe. Depending on the type of tear you have from injury to the meniscus, symptoms can include:

  • Swelling of the knee
  • Pain in the knee
  • Wobbly or unstable
  • Unable to straighten the knee
  • Knee becoming stiff

Our orthopedic knee specialists will take into consideration the type of tear it is, the location of the tear in the knee, and the severity of the tear.

Orthopedic Knee Specialists in Plano & Richardson

Faith Surgical Center is partnered with two of the top orthopedic knee specialists in the area. They are highly skilled and available to examine and treat any knee condition. If you are in need of a knee specialist you can locate our surgeons at their Plano and Richardson offices:

  • Christopher Hanssen, M.D. – Orthopedic Knee Specialist in Plano
  • Shawn Hayden, M.D. – Plano Orthopedic Surgeon

Surgical Treatment Options for a Meniscus Tear

If the tear to the meniscus is moderate or severe, our orthopedic knee specialists may recommend knee surgery to repair the meniscus tear. Two common surgical procedures available are:

To verify a meniscus tear surgery at Faith Surgical Center with one of our orthopedic knee specialists, please call our facility at 972-370-7200 or use our online contact form.