Meniscus Repair Without Surgery
Can a Meniscus Tear Heal Without Surgery?
Yes, the meniscus is a viable living tissue. There are parts of the meniscus with good blood circulation, and tears in those areas heal best.
Physical therapy alone has been shown to be effective in healing some tears but frequently, the meniscus and the body need a helping hand to facilitate and speed up the process. That’s where stem cells come in, they can help your body use its own healing abilities to treat the tear and avoid surgery2.
Meniscus Tear Repair and Recovery Without Surgery
Our nonsurgical repair protocols include mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). Regenexx physicians customize treatments based on the individual to ensure each person gets the relief they need.
By and large, knee surgeries require months of recovery and, frequently, additional months of painful rehabilitation to regain strength and function. The exact length of this recovery varies with the type and severity of the tear, the procedure performed, and the patient’s health status, but it can be as long as six months.
Regenexx stem cell treatments are intended to help avoid the side effects of surgery and support the healthy cushioning environment that the meniscus provides for your knee. Generally, the recovery time is much faster than with surgery, and patients can return to normal daily activity levels within a number of weeks and to more active sports within a few months.
Webinar: Alternatives to Knee Meniscus Surgery
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Before and After Meniscus Procedure MRI Images
Take a look at the outcomes of three of our patients who chose to have a precise injection of their own stem cells into their meniscus instead of surgery.
Scroll the arrow to the right to see the MRI of the meniscus before the treatment and to the left to see the outcome. The BEFORE shows a torn meniscus. Once treated, the area will look like a dark band going diagonally, as seen on the AFTER.
Patient 1 MRI
Patient 2 MRI
Regenexx Meniscus Outcomes
Regenexx’s stem cell protocol is supported by more than a decade of experience, published research, and patient outcomes. We maintain an active national patient registry to track patients’ progress and/or side effects after the procedure.
On average, Regenexx knee meniscus patients report*:
*Outcomes accessed on January, 2021. View full up-to-date outcomes here.