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Meniscus Repair

Meniscus Tear Surgery In Singapore

Suspect that you might have a torn meniscus? Do not just sit back and see it getting worse. A torn meniscus can lock the knee completely and retard the movement of your leg completely. Find out more about the symptoms and get immediate meniscus tear surgery in Singapore with our Knee Orthopaedic Specialists.

What is Meniscus Repair?
More Than 20 Years of Clinical Experience

Double Fellowship Trained Surgeons

Dr Adrian Lau

Orthopaedic Surgery Specialist

Dr. Adrian Lau is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon trained in primary and complex hip and knee arthroplasty. He was awarded the Ministry of Health Training Award in 2014.

Dr Tan Sok Chuen

Orthopaedic Surgery Specialist

Dr. Tan is an orthopaedic doctor with subspecialty training in hip and knee surgery – making her the first female hip and knee replacement surgeon in Singapore

Diagnosing and Treating a Torn Meniscus

Symptoms of Meniscus Tear

You might have a meniscus tear if you experience ongoing pain and swelling in your knee, or a feeling of something “catching” or locking in your knee. There might have been an incident where you sustained a twisting injury to your knee, followed by swelling the next day that goes on beyond a week.
You may also feel that the affected knee feels weak and you do not feel confident about loading onto the knee.

How Do We Diagnose Meniscus Tear?

We examine the condition of the knee by in-depth Physical examination. We perform the McMurray test and then proceed with further imaging tests i.e., X-rays, and MRI. In some cases, we also perform arthroscopy

McMurray test

The McMurray test is performed on your knee to observe for pain and clicking. The rotation of your knee will put more strain on the meniscus and cause an audible clicking sound. That helps us recognize the possibility of a meniscus tear within your knee. In some cases, especially when our patients are in pain, we do not perform this test.

X-rays

The torn meniscus doesn't show up on X-rays. Still, we have to perform X-rays in order to identify and figure out other problems with the knee that might have similar symptoms.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Where a meniscus tear is suspected, an MRI of the knee will allow us to visualize the meniscus and get detailed images of the tissues of your knee. According to the RESEARCH: The Diagnosis of Meniscus Tears The Role of MRI and Clinical Examination, it has been suggested that

 “MRI before therapeutic arthroscopy for clinically diagnosed meniscus tears will reduce the number and cost of unnecessary invasive procedures.”

Arthroscopy

We make sure that you get reliable Meniscus Tear Surgery in Singapore by expert surgeons.

For that purpose, we try our level best to give you the most suitable treatment.

Sometimes we perform to examine the inside of your knee. A tiny incision is made near your knee and an instrument called an arthroscope is inserted inside your knee. We get an enlarged image of the inside of your knee through the small camera within that arthroscope

When do I need a Meniscus repair?

Treatment for a meniscus tear depends on its severity and configuration of tear. A small nondisplaced tear of the meniscus can potentially heal on its own and may just require anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy.

However, if the tear is extensive and displaced, such that it blocks the excursion of knee movement or causes an inability to fully straighten or bend the knee, surgery will then be required to address the tear.

We aim to provide reliable meniscus surgery In Singapore and keep our patient to the best of their comfort. Our doctors believe in preserving meniscus tissue and repairing meniscus tears as far as possible as the meniscus serves an important function in distributing loading stresses across the knee joint.

Related Information

Pre Op physiotherapy is recommended to achieve some muscle memory in the relevant exercises, maintain knee mobility and reduce swelling, as these would facilitate post-op rehabilitation. You will be required to fast for six hours prior to the timing of surgery. It is also important that you avoid applying plasters, topical medications, kinesio tape or knee guards over the knee in case you develop skin allergies to these materials.

You will be given general anaesthesia, and once this has taken effect, the surgeon will make 2 small incisions over the front of the knee to do an arthroscopic examination of the knee and to tidy up the meniscus tear. The edges of the meniscus tear are then freshened up before small specialised darts are inserted to hold the tear together. These darts can be made of bio-inert materials or suture materials, and they are placed such that they would not impede in knee movement during physical activities.

At the end of the surgery, local anaesthesia will be infiltrated around the wounds or a nerve block might be given near the knee to optimize post op pain control. Waterproof dressings will be applied over the wounds. A shower cover will be also provided so that you can shower with no fear of getting the dressings wet or causing them to fall off. A rigid knee brace and crutches will be provided before discharge.

Yes, Insurance companies cover Meniscus Tear Surgery in Singapore as it is a common surgery here. The following are some of the insurance providers in Singapore with Hip and knee Orthopaedics

  1. Medisave
  2. NTUC Singapore
  3. AIA Singapore (extended panel)
  4. Prudential Singapore (extended panel)
  5. Great Eastern Singapore
  6. Singlife Medical Insurance 
  7. HSBC Life Shield

After the surgery, you will be asked to come back to the clinic to have your dressings changed every 4-5 days until they are allowed to come off at two weeks post-surgery. Twice weekly physiotherapy is recommended for a start and this will help reactivate the muscles and reduce the swelling.

With physiotherapy and rehabilitation, most of the patients can return to competitive sports in about 6 months after meniscus repair surgery. Light jogging may be able to commence at 3 months post op. Office-based work can also be resumed once the dressings come off at 2 weeks

Screening For New Patients

We have assembled some packages to help our new patients.

Single Knee

$220

Evaluation of Knee Pain with X-ray

Includes the following done on the same day:
Consultation
X-ray single knee – weightbearing AP, lateral, skyline view; and
Review in clinic after X-ray
(Exclusive of GST)
Both Knees

$260

Evaluation of Knee Pain with X-ray

Includes the following done on the same day:
Consultation
Xray both knee – weightbearing AP, lateral, skyline view; and
Review in clinic after X-ray
(Exclusive of GST)

Will I be able to achieve full recovery?

Yes, most of the patients are able to achieve full recovery and return to sport after Meniscus tear surgery in Singapore.

After the surgery, you will be asked to come back to the clinic to have your dressings changed every 4-5 days until they are allowed to come off at two weeks post-surgery. Twice weekly physiotherapy is recommended for a start and this will help reactivate the muscles and reduce the swelling.

With physiotherapy and rehabilitation, most of the patients can return to competitive sports in about 6 months after meniscus repair surgery. Light jogging may be able to commence at 3 months post-op. Office-based work can also be resumed once the dressings come off at 2 weeks.

Here are some tips for recovery after meniscus repair surgery by Dr. Veera Reddy

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