Can a lateral meniscus tear heal without surgery?
Not all lateral meniscus tears are alike, and it depends on where and how severe the tear is. With small, incomplete tears, Dr. Vidal likes to take a conservative approach with watchful waiting. If the lateral meniscus tear is in an area without blood flow, it cannot repair itself. If repair is needed, it is essential to attempt to repair meniscus tears whenever possible. This is vital to maintain the added shock absorbing capacity of the lateral meniscus.
Dr. Vidal has extensive experience employing other treatments for a torn lateral meniscus, which stimulates an improved healing environment. Some of these treatments include: (Please link each item to Biologics section)
- PRP – Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Stem Cells
- BMAC – Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate