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Meniscal Repair (Cartilage Repair)

Cartilage Repair

Aim of Surgery

- To repair the torn meniscus (Cartilage)
- Meniscal tears that can be repaired are less common than
ones that need removing. They are better for you as providing
that the tear heals they leave you with a normal Meniscus
(Cartilage)


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
- You may need a pair of crutches for the first few days
- You will have a brace that keeps your knee straight to wear for the first 2 weeks

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


Rehabilitation

Stitches
- Mr Lavender usually uses clips. These do not hurt when being removed. They are usually removed after 2 weeks
when you come to see Mr Lavender in the out patients department

Driving
- You are unable to drive for at least:
- Left leg (2 weeks)
- Right leg (2 weeks)

Work
- This depends upon your type of work and should be discussed with Mr Lavender

Sick note
- Mr Lavender will provide you with a sick note if you require one

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

Sport
- It will be at least 4 months until you are allowed to do sports. This may be longer if they involve twisting and turning


Follow up

Mr Lavender will normally see you at:
- 2 weeks - Explaination of surgery and remove the stitches from the skin. The brace on your knee will be changed to
one that allows your knee to move from straight to 90 degrees
- 8 weeks - Remove the brace
- 4 months - Ensure pain free


Expectations

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Meniscal Repair Expectations

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