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Athletes and individuals that live a particularly active lifestyle face an increased risk of joint and ligature injuries. One such common injury is the meniscus tear, which is one of the most widespread among athletes and avid runners.

Surgery is often an expensive option however, even when partially funded by a health insurance plan. Consequently, more and more Americans and Canadians in need of surgery are undergoing meniscus repair in locations such as Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

The knee joint is supported by two C-shaped pieces of cartilage that sit atop the tibia (shin bone), acting as shock absorbers for the femur (thigh bone) and providing stability to the knee as it rotates when we walk and run.

Meniscus tears may develop either as a result of trauma or wear and tear in patients with knee arthritis. Traumatic tears in younger, more athletic patients, are also sometimes associated with ACL tears.

The treatment procedure to repair a torn Meniscus depends on the extent of it’s damage. Patients who have high expectations from their knee will benefit more from a repair than a meniscectomy.

Torn meniscus surgery in Mexico is done in a minimally invasive way using an arthroscope.Three-Four mini incisions are done: the arthroscope is inserted through one, fluid is made to flow in the knee joint through one or two inlets, and the other portal is for the surgical instruments. While the operation may just take an hour or so, there is considerable recuperation time involved.