ACL injury, treatment & reconstruction

Meniscus tears & treatment

Dr Hutchinson has a special interest in the treatment of meniscus tears and performs a high volume of meniscus surgery. He performs meniscus surgery for some of the best athletes in Australia, including professionals in the AFL, AFLW, SANFL, NBL and Superleague Netball. He offers the same very high level of care to weekend warriors, emerging junior athletes and everyday patients of all ages as he does to those currently competing at the highest level. Dr Hutchinson has specific, sub-specialist training, both within Australia and overseas, in treating meniscus injuries in both adults and growing athletes enabling him to treat patients of all ages.

All educational videos below have been created for you by Dr Hutchinson. They will provide you with up-to-date information about meniscus tears and treatment, no matter what your age, occupation, hobbies or other activities that you enjoy. The ‘Everything you need to know’ video is comprehensive and covers all aspects of meniscus injury and treatment. Below this are smaller, bite-sized, videos that focus on a particular topic. Written meniscus injury education (in PDF format) is also available to download.

Education Video Content On Meniscus Tears

Meniscus Tears – Everything you need to know

Ever been told that you have injured a ‘cartilage pad’ inside your knee? Or maybe that you need surgery to trim away some ‘loose cartilage’ within your knee joint? In this situation you’ve probably sustained a meniscal tear.

What is a meniscus?

A meniscus is the unsung hero of your knee joint. Without a meniscus your knee would be unable to absorb shock properly and arthritis would develop rapidly.

Acute meniscal tears – Younger patients with healthy knee joints

Acute meniscal tears usually occur in younger patients with otherwise healthy knee joints. Unless repaired promptly with key-hole surgery, most meniscal tears will never heal and this can have disastrous consequences for a younger patient’s future knee health.

Degenerative meniscal tears – Knees with some pre-existing wear & tear

Degenerative meniscus tears usually occur in older patients, where the knee is beginning to wear out. Find out what the best treatment is for your meniscal tear in this evidence-based and easy-to-understand video….

Does arthroscopy help arthritic knees?

Not all patients will benefit from key-hole knee surgery (knee arthroscopy) to trim ‘loose cartilage’ within their knee joint. However, some patients will have significant benefit.

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