Should an injured Meniscus in a child be left alone?
Dr. Vidal, pediatric sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon would say; “It depends.” The amount of damage, where the tear is located, and if there is a good blood supply to that part of the cartilage all needs to be taken into consideration. Dr. Vidal and his team discuss the options available with the parent and child to make the best decision for the best possible outcome.
It is important to remember when considering surgery that the outside portion of the knee (lateral side) is the most sensitive to meniscus injury and cartilage loss in children. If there is significant damage, the child will experience pain and swelling. If a child loses the entire meniscus, there is nearly a 100% chance of early arthritis. The earlier the meniscus tissue is repaired or replaced; the less damage occurs. Dr. Vidal uses the latest techniques of meniscus transplantation which does not require permanent stitches and can protect the growth plate.