What are the risks associated with the meniscus repair procedure?

The risks associated with meniscus repair surgery will depend on the patient’s condition and individual needs. Risks are minimized when the procedure is performed by an experienced surgical team but, they cannot be completely eliminated.

As with all surgery, there are certain risks; however, the benefits of a strong, functional knee far outweigh the minor risks associated with meniscus repair. Due to smaller incision, it results in less pain and damages to surrounding areas as well as faster recovery time and fewer postoperative complications such as infections and blood clots.

A meniscal repair is a safe procedure with a complication rate of 1.3%

Outcomes are further improved if the patient is healthy, the tear is small and closer to the edge of the meniscus, and the choice of a very experienced orthopedic surgeon. Although meniscus repair is considered a safe procedure with a low chance of complications, it has its risks.

The most common complications associated with meniscus repair surgery inlcude:

  • infections may result from surgery
  • injury to nerves and blood vessels
  • fracture, weakness
  • stiffness or instability of the joint
  • pain
  • inability to repair the meniscus
  • anesthesia complications
  • formation of a blood clot in the leg
  • arepeated rupture of the meniscus

Since most complications can be avoided when recognized early and managed promptly, if patients have questions or concerns about the post-operative course, the surgeon should be informed as soon as possible.


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