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Cartilage Removal (Meniscal Resection) Surgery

Cartilage Removal

Aim of Surgery

To remove all the torn cartilage (Meniscus) and stop it:

- Causing pain
- Damaging the knee

Usually some of the Hamstring Tendons (from the muscles at the back of your thigh) are used to make the new Ligament. These tendons then re-grow.


Before Surgery

Pre-Operative Assessment of fitness for surgery:
- This is not normally required unless there are specific
problems with your general health

Contraceptive Pill (OCP):
- It is up to you
- If you wish to stop this for 6 weeks before your surgery and use a different form of contraception that is acceptable
- If you do not wish to stop using the OCP then please tell us when you come in for your surgery and we will give you
an injection while you are asleep to help prevent you getting a blood clot in your leg


In Hospital

Scratches / Cuts
- If you have any scratches, cuts or the like on your leg when you are admitted for surgery then your operation may be
postponed if Mr Lavender believes that these will pose a risk to you getting an infection at the time of your surgery

Consent
- Mr Lavender will come and see you when you arrive. He will get you to sign a form (Consent Form) agreeing to the
operation and explain the risks of the surgery

Discharge
- Normally, your surgery will be done as a day case, being admitted and discharged on the same day. You will require:
- To be brought to hospital by car
- To be taken home by car
- Someone to be in the house on the night of the operation
- A telephone at home

Walking
- You can walk with all your weight on the operated leg as soon as the anaesthetic wears off
- It is rare for you to need a pair of crutches

Physiotherapy
- The physiotherapists will teach you exercises to do before you go home


Rehabilitation

Stitches
- Mr Lavender usually uses stitches to close the two / three small holes in the skin. They are usually removed after 2
weeks when you come to see Mr Lavender in the out patients department

Driving
- You are able to drive after 24 hours unless Mr Lavender advises otherwise

Work
- Rest for the first week or two allows the knee to settle quicker
- Mr Lavender will provide a sick note if required

Kneeling
- This can be done when you feel comfortable

Flying
- You are not allowed to fly for 6 weeks following your surgery, due to the risk of blood clots in your legs

Sport
- This depends on what procedure Mr Lavender carries out. He will advise you before you go home and again at your
follow up appointment


Follow up

Mr Lavender will normally see you at 2 weeks after the operation to explain what he has done and what he expects in the future


Information Sheets

Partial Medial Menisectomy
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Partial Medial Menisectomy

Partial Lateral Menisectomy
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Partial Lateral Menisectomy

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