Meniscal tears in the knee are a common finding and in many cases are not related to any significant symptoms.
Non-operative treatments (including paracetamol and topical NSAIDS) have not settled symptoms after 3 months/persistent symptoms ongoing and an MRI has revealed an unstable meniscal tear
The patient has had an acute injury and an MRI scan reveals a potentially reparable meniscus tear
Patient has a locked knee and required an urgent assessment, which showed a bucket handle tear of the meniscus to be present.
The patient has gone through a shared decision making process and understands the risks of surgery.