Meniscal Repair Melbourne – A patient’s guide

Dr Arash Riazi – MBBS, BSc (Med), FRACS (Ortho), F.A.Orth.A.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.

This guide is to help you understand the benefits and limitations of a meniscal repair.

It explains what a meniscal repair is, who could benefit, what to expect, potential complications and recovery information that may help you get the best results from your surgery.

If you have any questions about a meniscus repair, please contact my offices using the details below.

 Dr Arash Riazi – Orthopaedic Surgeon

If you have any questions please call
(03) 9898 4216

New patients welcome.
Please bring a referral from your GP or Specialist.

Meniscal Repair Melbourne

What is the Meniscus

The meniscus is a c-shaped rubbery cartilage in the knee joint which acts like a shock absorber between two bones. It helps to keep the knee stable and protect the joint surface cartilage. There is a meniscus on each side of the knee joint (medial and lateral separated by the cruciate ligaments).

Meniscal tears are the most common type of injury to the knee and can occur in any age group but are usually torn during sports. There is limited blood supply to the meniscus and as such it may not heal on its own.

The most common symptom is pain but the area may also become swollen and the knee can “lock” or click as the torn component irritates the knee.

Sometimes the symptoms can be managed with conservative management (painkillers and rest). If the symptoms are not managed this way then surgery may be considered.

During Meniscal Repair Surgery

Surgery is usually done using an arthroscope (a keyhole camera inserted into the knee). There are various surgical techniques for treating a meniscal tear, Dr Riazi will discuss the options and recommend the best approach for you.

Sometimes a repair is not possible and this may not always be determined before surgery.

The procedure will usually be a daycase meaning you can go home on the day of surgery.

The knee may ache and be swollen after the procedure and you will likely need painkillers to manage this. You may also need to use crutches for the first few days after surgery, if required.

Ice on your knee regularly by wrapping an ice pack in a teatowel and applying it to an elevated knee for approximately 20 minutes. Do this regularly throughout the day to help control swelling and pain.

Avoid any strenuous activity until advised by Dr Riazi that is safe to do so.

Post operatively you are seen by a physiotherapist and in conjunction with Dr Riazi will be given instructions on when to return to normal activities.


This information is designed to be a guide only. Every patient has unique needs and will react differently to surgery, pain management and recovery approaches.

If you would like more details or have any worries or questions about meniscal repair please contact my offices so I may address your concerns.

Meniscal Repair Melbourne

Dr Arash Riazi – Orthopaedic Surgeon

If you have any questions about meniscal repair, please contact my offices:


Dr Riazi consults with public and private orthopaedic patients from all over Melbourne in relation to knee meniscal repair. His current consulting locations include Epworth Eastern Hospital in Box Hill and Box Hill Hospital (Eastern Health) in Box Hill.