Meniscectomy – Knee Arthroscopy – Institute of Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics


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Specialty Surgeon Complete Packaged Procedure


Specialty surgeon complete packaged procedure for a meniscectomy – knee arthroscopy.

Meniscectomy – knee arthroscopy for meniscal tear is done using an arthroscope, a small fiber-optic TV camera that is used to see and operate inside the joint. Only small incisions are needed during arthroscopy. The surgeon does not need to open the knee joint. Before surgery, you will be placed under either general anesthesia or a type of spinal anesthesia.

During meniscectomy – knee arthroscopy the surgeon begins the operation by making two or three small openings into the knee, called portals. These portals are where the arthroscope and surgical instruments are placed inside the knee. Care is taken to protect the nearby nerves and blood vessels.

The procedure is done to carefully remove a damaged portion of the meniscus is called a partial meniscectomy. The surgeon starts by inserting the arthroscope into one of the portals. A probe is placed into another portal. The surgeon watches on a screen while probing the meniscus. All parts of the inside of the knee joint are examined. When a meniscal tear is found, the surgeon determines the type and location of the tear. Surgical instruments are placed into another portal and are used to remove the torn portion of the meniscus. When the problem part of the meniscus has been removed, the surgeon checks the knee again with the probe to be sure no other tears are present. A small motorized cutter is used to trim and shape the cut edge of the meniscus. The joint is flushed with sterile saline to wash away debris from the injury or from the surgery. The portals are closed with sutures.

Meniscectomy – knee arthroscopy for meniscal tear treatment cost includes the facility fee, physician’s fee, bracing (if needed), cost of drugs, and any related medical procedures required to administer the plan of care. Not included are diagnostic studies, medication prescription costs, consultations with additional specialists, and cost of complication management; travel, food, and lodging.

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