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Nonsurgical Options / Reasons for Surgery

There are several non-operative, conservative options to consider for treatment of a meniscus tear or ACL/PCL damage to the knee:

  • Lifestyle Modification. Weight loss, modification of exercise, and avoidance of aggravating activities can prevent further injury.
  • Rehabilitation. Specifically prescribed exercises can improve strength and flexibility in the quadriceps and hamstring muscles.
  • Anti-inflammatory Medications. Decrease swelling in the joint and provide temporary relief of pain. Please note, however, that all medications have risks and should be taken only in consultation with your pharmacist and physician.
  • Bracing. A sleeve-like brace that fits firmly around the knee can provide support.

Minimally invasive (arthroscopic) knee surgery is considered when all other conservative measures have failed. It's a positive measure to regain your active lifestyle, which knee damage has negatively affected over a period of weeks, months or even years.

Arthroscopic surgery can:

  • Relieve pain.
  • Improve joint stability.
  • Repair tears and damage.
  • Maximize quality of life.
  • Optimize activities of daily living.

The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.