One of the most common orthopaedic surgeries is meniscus removal surgery (meniscectomy). The meniscus is the C-shaped cartilage between the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia). The cartilage provides:

  1. Shock absorption
  2. Guidance of motion at/around the knee
  3. Weight bearing & transmission
  4. Lubrication and nutrition for the other cartilage structures (articular) around the knee
Meniscus Cartilage

Meniscus Cartilage

The cartilage is EXTREMELY important for proper function of the knee; therefore, removing the meniscus without clear reason to do so can be a big mistake for some with increased pain, loss of function and poor outcomes. There is even recent research showing that meniscus removal surgery may be no better than physical therapy or even placebo/sham surgery.

Placebo/sham surgery is where they put you under anesthesia, open you up arthroscopically, tell you they remove the meniscus when in fact they did not and close you up under the impression the meniscus was removed. The results for placebo/sham surgery is near identical to that of the ACTUAL meniscal removal. So the question is why would you want the surgical & post surgical risks which may include death, reaction to anesthesia, nerve or tissue damage, potential to addiction to pain medication, chronic pain, early onset of osteoarthritis and poor outcome when the results may not be any better.

Take a peek at the following video for more info. We are here to help you with this process with comprehensive consultations, pain management, rehab and therapy options for the knee.  Call 708-532-2346 to schedule a consultation or for more information.  “Why Put Off Feeling Good?”

*** About The Author ***

Dr. Pappas is a chiropractic physician, certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. Dr.

Dr. Dino Pappas

               Dr. Dino Pappas

Pappas blends the best of physical medicine with the best of integrated medicine to help patients and athletes of all shapes and sizes. He utilizes tools such as chiropractic manipulation, soft tissue work (IASTM, Graston, myofascial release, neural mobilization and joint mobilization), biomedical acupuncture, functional movement based assessment, the McKenzie Method, strength training and conditioning, kinesiology taping, customized nutrition and specialty laboratory testing (blood, saliva, urine, and stool) when needed. Dr. Pappas’ clinical focus is sports medicine, conservative orthopedics, rehabilitation and integrated medicine. He is extremely passionate on empowering patients towards their goals. His sports medicine interests are endurance athletes, overhead athletes (pitchers, throwers, volleyball players and tennis players), contact sports athletes (football, rugby, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer and basketball) and Crossfit athletes. He has worked with athletes at all levels from professional to amateur. He reads and interprets the medical literature daily to stay abreast of cutting edge advances in his field. The doctor is currently a sports medicine volunteer for Andrew High School in Tinley Park, IL. He is an avid runner and aspiring triathlete having completed 5 marathons, 5 half marathons and numerous 5 and 10k races. The doctor is also active in the local, suburban Chicago running scene. He has goals of qualifying and competing in the Boston and New York Marathons, the Ironman in Kona, Hawaii, and climbing Mt. Kiliminjaro in Kenya, Africa. One day he hopes to serve his country as a team chiropractor for the United States Olympic teams and serve as a team chiropractor for one of the professional teams in Chicago. His mantra is “Why Put Off Feeling Good?” He can be reached by email at or at 708-532-2346. ***

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