Knee arthroscopy is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. During the procedure a miniature camera is inserted through a small incision. This provides a clear view of the inside of the knee. Your orthopedic surgeon then inserts miniature surgical instruments through other small incisions to trim or repair the tear.
Some meniscal tears can be repaired by suturing (stitching) the torn pieces together. Whether a tear can be successfully treated with repair depends upon the type of tear, as well as the overall condition of the injured meniscus. Because the meniscus must heal back together, recovery time for a repair is much longer than from a meniscectomy.