Treatment for a Posterior Horn Lateral Meniscus Tear
In most circumstances, we strive to repair the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus, either with sutures, or with a pull through suture if it is a meniscal root detachment. In those circumstances where the tear is not repairable, which is more common than not, the patient should be followed very closely to determine if they are developing arthritis.
If the meniscus cannot be repaired, future treatment options include observation, bracing, activity modification, injections, or consideration for a lateral meniscal transplantation. A complete workup as to the patient’s suitability for any of these treatments necessary through a complete physical exam and any necessary radiographic (x-rays, MRI, etc.) work-ups.
We commonly counsel patients to let us know if they are experiencing any pain or swelling with activities, because these are the signs of early onset arthritis. The patient should be followed up routinely with standard x-rays, a Rosenberg view, and an assessment of whether they are developing joint space narrowing or bone spur (osteophyte) formation.