Meniscus repair and meniscectomy are two common surgical procedures performed to treat meniscus injuries. The meniscus is a C-shaped cartilage in the knee joint that acts as a shock absorber and helps with stability and smooth movement.

Meniscus Repair:

This procedure is performed when the meniscus is torn but still has the potential to heal. It is typically recommended for younger patients with a tear in the outer part of the meniscus, where there is a better blood supply. During the surgery, the torn edges of the meniscus are sutured together using special surgical techniques. This allows the torn meniscus to heal and preserve its function. Meniscus repair is usually associated with a longer recovery time compared to meniscectomy but aims to preserve as much of the meniscus as possible.


This procedure involves removing part or all of the torn meniscus. It is usually performed when the meniscus tear is in the inner part of the meniscus, where the blood supply is limited, or when the tear is complex and not amenable to repair. During a meniscectomy, the surgeon uses specialized instruments to trim and remove the damaged portion of the meniscus. This procedure aims to alleviate pain and improve joint function. Recovery time is generally shorter compared to meniscus repair.

The choice between meniscus repair and meniscectomy depends on several factors, including the type and location of the meniscus tear, patient age, activity level, and overall knee health. The goal is to preserve as much of the meniscus as possible, as it plays an important role in maintaining knee function and preventing long-term complications such as osteoarthritis.

It’s important to consult with an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee injuries to determine the most appropriate treatment option for your specific case. They will evaluate your symptoms, perform diagnostic tests (e.g., MRI), and recommend the best course of action based on their expertise and the specific characteristics of your meniscus tear. At Alabama Bone and Joint Clinic our specialists are able to guide you through your treatment options. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts in orthopedic care.