ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – People of all ages suffer from knee problems due to the wear and tear of the meniscus, a small piece of cartilage between the thigh and shin bone. Meniscus damage is painful and often problematic to treat, but fear not!
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rick Lehman is providing patients with a new and improved treatment option. Lehman, from the US Center for Sports Medicine in Kirkwood, stopped by Fox 2 News in the Morning to discuss the meniscus implant.
Typically, surgeons have treated meniscus damage by removing a portion of the meniscus. This procedure can prove uncomfortable for patients, as it can lead to future joint pain. With this new treatment option, patients receive an artificial meniscus that cushions the bones and allows for greater mobility. Patients can live the rest of their lives with the implant as it helps to prevent future injury and minimize the effects of arthritis.