SAVE YOUR MENISCUS! Allowing a surgeon to remove the torn parts of your meniscus significantly increases your risk for arthritis and knee replacement. Don’t let someone “trim” your meniscus or temporarily mitigate your symptoms with cortisone, PRP or stem cells. Have it sewn back together by the best! Justin D. Saliman, MD invented the NovoStitch® Pro Meniscal Repair System, which received FDA approval in 2012 and a silver medal at the 2015 Edison Awards. The device passes Dr. Saliman’s patented Circumferential Stitch which is ideal for bucket handle tears. Nobody has more experience passing this revolutionary stitch!
Meniscus repair has been around a long time, but traditional techniques have had somewhat high failure rates and were only possible for a limited number of tear types. The meniscus spreads forces evenly within the knee joint, and, without its full function, the knee becomes arthritic.
NO! Studies have shown that patient age is not a factor, and that the meniscus can heal in patients of all ages provided the knee is not already arthritic
Traditional techniques inadequately approximated the torn edges, leading to poor healing. Surgeons often blame the blood supply even though there is excellent medical literature evidence that the avascular zones heal if adequately held together during the healing process.
Bucket handle meniscus tears are serious injuries to the meniscus in which the meniscus rips away from its attachments in the back of the knee (the posterior horn) and flips forward into the front of the knee (like folding a pancake in half). Many surgeons will simply remove the torn flipped fragment, but without the full function of your meniscus, your knee joint becomes arthritic. This has been definitively proven in the medical literature. And the only definitive treatment for an arthritic knee is total knee replacement – so, SAVE YOUR MENISCUS!
Symptoms of a bucket handle meniscus tear may include one or more of the following:
You may still be able to walk after you tear your meniscus, and in fact, many athletes continue to play with a meniscal tear. With bucket handle tears the meniscus can flip back into place and feel good for some time, but it will typically flip back forward with one wrong painful move.
Leaving bucket handle meniscus tear within your knee will likely cause intermittent locking of your knee, and increases your risk of arthritis and the eventual need for knee replacement surgery. Similarly, removal of the torn parts (often called “trimming” or “partial meniscectomy”) also results in significantly reduced effectiveness of your meniscus resulting in arthritis. Injecting the knee with cortisone, PRP or even stem cells, has not been shown to heal bucket handle meniscus tears. There are simply too many knee forces on a bucket handle tear constantly pulling it apart, hence it cannot heal well without stitches holding the tear in place to resist those forces during the 6 weeks that it takes for the tear to heal (similar to a cast for a broken bone).
Your best option is to have your bucketed fragment sewn back to the remnant where it was previously attached rather than simply removed. However, traditional meniscus repair techniques only worked for a fraction of these tears, hence most orthopaedic surgeons have unfortunately embraced meniscus removal surgery. But now there’s a new option – THE CIRCUMFERENTIAL STITCH! This stitch anatomically aligns the tear edges and uniformly compresses them together during the healing process in a way never before possible. This is the secret sauce that Dr. Saliman brought to the world. Bucket handle tears, in particular, are perfect for Circumferential Stitch repair, which can restore the anatomical orientation of a bucket handle tear as it sews the edges cleanly back together and incorporates both the top and bottom of the tear.
The NovoStitch Pro Meniscal Repair System was first conceptualized by Dr. Saliman in 2008. He went on to found the start-up Ceterix® Orthopaedics in 2010 to further develop the technology. The NovoStitch was approved by the FDA in 2012, received a Silver Award in the 2015 Edison Awards in the surgical tools category, and was recently purchased by a well known medical device company called Smith & Nephew.
Dr. Saliman uses his NovoStitch device to place circumferential compression stitches around bucket handle meniscus tears, which holds the torn edges together while they heal. Nobody has more experience sewing meniscus tears back together with circumferential stitches than Dr. Saliman.
For the best care of your meniscal tear from the inventor of the procedure that sews your meniscus with Circumferential Stitches, call the office of Justin D. Saliman, MD, or request an appointment online today.