Meniscectomy

Meniscus is cartilage in the knee joint. It helps to stabilize and cushion the knee. A meniscectomy is the removal of all or part of the meniscus.

  • Call Your Doctor

    Call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
    • Pain, redness, or swelling in either calf
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Swollen, discolored, or cold toes
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • New or worsening symptoms

    If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Meniscus is cartilage in the knee joint. It helps to stabilize and cushion the knee. A meniscectomy is the removal of all or part of the meniscus.

    Arthroscopic Meniscectomy
    nucleus image
    Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    A meniscectomy is done when the cartilage is damaged. Damaged cartilage can cause pain, or give you problems with knee motion.

  • Possible Complications

    Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:

    • Infection
    • Excess bleeding
    • Swelling
    • Blood clots
    • Chronic weakness in knee joint
    • Worsening or unchanged pain

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Smoking
    • Poor nutrition
    • History of blood clots
    • Long-term illness
    • Use of certain medications