What can be done for pediatric patients with discoid meniscus?
Patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver, Colorado communities who do not have symptoms are usually treated by Dr. Vidal with watchful observation. Dr. Vidal prefers a conservative approach to symptomatic patients, especially when the discoid meniscus is not damaged.
Patients who have experienced a tear or who are having painful symptoms may need surgical intervention. Dr. Vidal will carefully consider the patient’s age, skeletal age and differing treatment options. Ideally, a repair of the meniscus can be done to preserve meniscal function. Some surgical options include:
- Saucerizing – Trimming the damaged cartilage tissue and reconstituting a normal outline of the lateral meniscus.
- Repair of the meniscus
- Resection (removal) of the meniscus
- Partial Menisectomy – Removing only the damaged part of the meniscus that cannot heal by itself.