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Regenexx Alternative to Knee Meniscus Surgery

Research has shown that meniscectomy / arthroscopic surgery produces poor results and early onset knee arthritis.

Meniscus surgeries involve removing a portion of the meniscus which greatly increases the likelihood of osteoarthritis in the knee for a procedure that has been shown to be no more effective than sham surgery or exercise therapy. Regenexx Procedures offer an alternative to meniscectomy, using your body’s own healing cells…

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The Knee Owner’s Manual

How to Avoid Game Changing, Invasive Knee Surgeries and Stay Active as You Age

A knee meniscus tear is one of the most common causes of knee pain. The meniscus is basically the shock absorber within the knee. You can tear either the medial (inside) or lateral (outside) meniscus. The inside meniscus is the more commonly injured side. When someone says they have torn cartilage in the knee, they’re typically referring to a torn meniscus.

What is the knee meniscus?

The meniscus is a cushion of cartilage between the bony ends (condyles) of your femur (the bone in your thigh) and tibia (the bone in your shin). Each knee joint has two of these cushions or menisci (plural of meniscus).

They reduce friction during movement, help the femur and tibia (mentioned above) fit together, distribute your body weight across the knee and absorb shock, and help distribute fluid that lubricates the knee. They also protect the gliding cartilage within the knee.

Unless the torn meniscus has locked the knee, many people with a torn meniscus can walk, stand, sit, and sleep without pain.

If you believe you may have a meniscus tear, the next step is receiving a diagnosis, so that you can plan treatment.

What causes a knee meniscus tear?

The meniscus can tear in two general ways. You can suffer from an acute injury, such as a twisting injury or a sports injury.

​Or, as people reach 50 years and beyond, there can be more of a degenerative tear within the meniscus, where there is no absolute tear, but over time, it has started to wear, thin, and fray. This is more common in this age group.

How do you know if you have a torn meniscus in your knee?

Knee Meniscus Tear

If you have a torn meniscus in your knee, you may have knee pain, but you might not have any symptoms at all.

A meniscus tear can cause pain on the inside of the knee (medial) or the outside of the knee (lateral), depending on which meniscus you tear, or pain in the entire knee. The pain often is worse during twisting, walking upstairs or downstairs, or squatting motions.

However, many people have a meniscus tear and have no pain at all.

Other meniscus tear symptoms include:

  • Swelling or stiffness in the knee
  • A popping sensation
  • Difficulty fully straightening your knee
  • Feeling as if your knee is locked
  • Feeling as if your knee is giving way or collapsing under weight

Diagnosis of a meniscus tear

The diagnosis of a meniscus tear begins with a history and physical examination. During the history-taking, it will be important to describe the onset of the injury. In other words, how did the injury happen? Further, you’ll need to describe where the pain is, what kind of pain it is (sharp, dull, throbbing) when the pain is worst, and what kinds of things make the pain better.

On physical exam, often the joint line will be quite tender with a meniscus tear. The doctor will conduct movements or maneuvers, like McMurray’s and Apley’s, to elicit pain that would come from a torn meniscus. However, these exam findings are relatively nonspecific, in that people who don’t have a meniscus tear may also test positive using these maneuvers.

When a meniscus tear is suspected, an MRI may be ordered, and on an MRI you can see a torn meniscus. However, even though a meniscus tear may show on MRI, it may not necessarily be causing the pain.

In order to properly diagnose, the medical team must bring together the history, the exam findings, and the image studies together to paint a clear picture of what’s likely going on with your pain and symptoms.

Can you walk around with a torn meniscus?

You can walk around with a torn meniscus. In fact, a torn meniscus is as common as wrinkles on the skin. Not all meniscus tears have symptoms, so you may not feel pain at all. And visual evidence of a meniscus tear on MRI should not automatically be assumed to be the source of knee pain.

What are treatment options for a meniscus tear?

The two treatments for a meniscus tear that are most commonly prescribed are surgery or physical therapy. Most noteworthy, if you opt for surgery, you likely will require physical therapy afterward. There is no guarantee that either option alone will eliminate your pain or regain the function in your knee.

However, there is a third choice, Regenexx, which can be used alone or in conjunction with surgery and/or physical therapy to help with the healing process of a torn meniscus.

Recent studies have shown that some of the most popular arthroscopic surgeries, including meniscus surgery, have no benefit at all. Most noteworthy regarding meniscus surgery is that it involves the removal of a portion, if not all of the valuable meniscus tissue. This can accelerate the cascade of degeneration that leads to osteoarthritis. In addition, all surgeries require months of recovery and frequently painful rehabilitation to regain strength and function.

Regenexx regenerative orthobiologic treatments are intended to help you avoid the side effects of surgery and prolong the healthy cushioning environment that the meniscus provides for your knees.

Can a meniscus tear heal?

The meniscus is a viable living tissue. However, it’s the limitation of blood supply to the meniscus that impedes healing. In addition, if the tear causes a flap to catch in the joint, this also leads to bigger problems.

However, if there is still function in the knee and tolerable pain, it is possible for the meniscus to heal. Again, because of the limited blood supply of that region, the healing time depends on your body’s ability to send its healing cells to that targeted area and for that area to receive those cells.

Frequently, the meniscus and the body need a helping hand to facilitate and speed up the healing process. That’s where Regenexx comes in.

Regenexx is a highly specialized group of procedures under the umbrella of regenerative medicine and orthobiologics.

How does regenerative medicine work?

Types of Meniscus TearsRegenerative medicine works by using autologous (from yourself) specialized cells from one part of your body, concentrating them, and then injecting them into the damaged area. Again, these specialized cells come from your own body, and their job is to repair damage as it occurs.

As we age or become injured, we may not be able to recruit enough of these cells to the site to fully repair the area. The meniscus is even more susceptible to this problem due to the limited blood supply to the tissue. Regenexx procedures help overcome this problem by using imaging to inject cells precisely into the damaged area to help the body heal itself.

Our patented regenerative medicine procedures can be used for a wide range of conditions, including a torn meniscus.

How is Regenexx Superior to other regenerative medicine solutions?

That’s a very important question and maybe the single most important thing for you to understand if you’re considering a regenerative orthopedic procedure. Regenexx Procedures are designed to produce the best possible outcomes for patients. No corners are cut. Watch this video to learn how Regenexx Procedures and the highly skilled doctors who perform them are different from other solutions.

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  6. How does this work if this typically doesn’t regrow cartilage?
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Avoid Ineffective Meniscus Surgery

Have you been told that your knee pain is caused by a torn meniscus and that a meniscectomy will relieve your knee pain and restore function? Interventional Orthopedics offers a non-surgical option for treating meniscus tears that uses your body’s natural healing agents to repair the damage to your meniscus.

More and more research continues to show that, as we age, meniscus tears are as common as wrinkles and that these tears do not necessarily cause knee pain. Meniscectomy, a surgery in which a portion of the meniscus is cut away, is a surgery that harms the integrity of the knee and may greatly increase the occurrence of osteoarthritis.

What’s more, more than half of the patients are not completely satisfied with their results and continue to report pain following surgery. Research highlights that this surgery is no better than a sham or fake surgery at reducing knee pain. In light of this evidence, it makes less and less sense for anyone to undergo this surgery when there is an alternative available.

During this outpatient procedure, our expert physicians use precise image guidance to inject custom concentrations of your body’s natural healing agents into the exact areas of damage to help repair tears in your meniscus and to tighten loose tendons and ligaments to improve function and help reduce pain. Call our patient care coordinators today to get started on your path to recovery.

Regenexx Benefits

  • Increased function
  • Pain reduction
  • Most individuals do not experience extensive downtime
  • Minimal time off of work
  • No surgery
  • Minimal use of mobility tools (crutches, etc.)
  • Minimal disruption of regular routine

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