Partial knee menisectomy is a very common surgery that involves removing the torn part of the meniscus. The meniscus is a natural shock absorber for the knee. In fact, in America alone, we perform about 700,000 of these surgeries per year, making it one of the most common orthopedic surgeries. While most patients think they’re getting a meniscus repair procedure, the truth is, 96% of these surgeries just remove a piece of the shock absorber, leaving your knee less protected.
There have been many high-quality research studies over the past decade or more that were designed to answer the specific question, “Is surgery necessary for a torn meniscus?” What did they show? All three large studies showed that meniscus surgery was not effective or no better than just physical therapy.
We offer innovative non-surgical procedures that may help decrease pain and improve knee function and mobility without the need for surgery.
Meniscus surgery is traumatic and carries associated risks. Even successful surgeries require months of painful rehab to regain strength and mobility. After surgery, most patients will be on crutches, wear a brace, or some combination of both for several weeks before returning back to normal activity. The recovery time and rehabilitation period may be extended up to six weeks with a knee brace or crutches.
Keep in mind that there may even be some complications associated with meniscus surgery, prolonging the recovery period even more. This includes complications with anesthesia, such as respiratory or cardiac malfunction, infections, and injury to nerves and blood vessels, fracture, weakness, stiffness or instability of the joint, inability to repair the meniscus, repeated rupture of the meniscus, or the need for additional surgeries.
Can you ever truly recover from parts of your knee meniscus being removed surgically? In the long run, almost all meniscus surgeries accelerate degeneration that leads to osteoarthritis and exacerbate the biomechanical problems that initially led to the need for the surgery.
Meniscus tears are like wrinkles; they are unavoidable. Some of us get more of them at a young age and some of us don’t get a lot of them until we’re older. The meniscus gets small tears as we age and as the knee joint begins to wear out. For example, in middle-aged and elderly patients, taking an MRI of patients with no knee pain and those with ongoing knee pain will reveal that both groups have about the same amount of meniscus tears. If these things usually don’t cause pain, why are we operating on them? If our surgeries are no better than fake surgeries, why are we placing all of these patients at the risk of surgical complications?
Recent research shows that some of the most popular orthopedic knee surgeries, including meniscectomies, have no benefit and are not more effective than placebo or sham surgery. But can a meniscus tear heal on its own when left untreated? Non-surgical treatments for meniscus tears for healing on their own include physical therapy, rest, ice, compression and elevation. Interventional orthopedics also provides a non-surgical injection alternative that may prove beneficial in reducing pain and improving function.
Have you been told that invasive surgery is your only option to fix your torn ACL? Getting your ACL replaced permanently alters the mechanics of the knee joint. You have other options when it comes to treating your ACL injury. In fact, about 70% of all ACL tears that currently get surgery could have been treated with a precise injection.
Your body is built to repair itself and our goal is to save your ACL, not replace it. We offer a non-surgical alternative for ACL tears that requires advanced injection skills using X-ray guidance, which may aide the healing of your ACL tear, while reducing pain and increasing function.
Joshua Goodwin, M.D., FAAPMR is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and trained in musculoskeletal and interventional spine medicine. Building on his specialty in the spine, neck, and back, Dr. Goodwin specializes in regenerative therapies at Regenexx Des Moines. Regenexx is the world leader in stem cell and platelet treatments for back pain, joint pain, arthritis and acute orthopedic injuries. Pioneers in the advancements of regenerative medicine, Regenexx has the most sophisticated, patented system for orthopedic stem cell medicine and owns over half of all research and data in orthopedic regenerative medicine.
Dr. Goodwin is one of the elite trained physicians in the customized needle based, precisely guided procedures to heal tissue, increase function, and prevent orthopedic surgery. With each patient, he starts by identifying the underlying structural or biomechanical problem causing pain and then works with the patient to find the best solution to help treat and prevent the recurrence of pain or injury.
Dr. Goodwin’s interest in sports medicine and rehabilitation grew out of his own experience of sustaining sports injuries while playing football and baseball in high school. He earned his M.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 2010 and completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2014. He is fellowship trained in musculoskeletal and interventional spine medicine at Southwest Spine and Sports in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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