The Seattle Times reported from the Mariners Clubhouse that, “Montero has a tear of the meniscus in his left knee and will undergo surgery next week. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.” It is unclear at this point what caused this specific injury.
Although a meniscus tear is painful and will require surgery in this case, there is hope for a great outcome.
Dr. Charles Peterson II commented on this specific case saying, “While Jesus Montero has been having his challenges this year at (and behind) the plate, his meniscus-tear surgery should go fairly smoothly. In most cases of isolated meniscus tears, we can have athletes back to full sports about 6 weeks after surgery. Now, whether this will improve his OBP remains to be seen!”
Below are some symptoms and treatment that may come with a torn meniscus from our Meniscal Tear Article:
.You may hear a “pop” or feel a tear or rip in the knee.
.Swelling may occur in a few minutes to a few hours.
.In some cases, swelling may not occur.
.Your knee may feel “out of place” or catch during movement.
.Some tenderness at the joint line may occur.
.Without treatment, the meniscus may loosen and drift causing more popping, pain, and locking of the knee joint.
.Initial treatment may include rest, ice, compression and elevation.
.Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended for pain.
.Not all tears may require surgery and non-surgical treatments may be applied first.
.If the tear doesn’t heal, you may need surgery.
.Your surgeon may perform arthroscopy, a minimally invasive approach, to repair the damage.
.You may wear a cast or brace after surgery to reduce the movement of your knee.
.After surgery you may be recommended for coordination rehabilitation.
If you believe you may be suffering from a meniscal tear, we recommend that you see a physician right away for treatment. Your orthopedic surgeon may recommend an MRI to determine the type and exact location of injury. Read the full article.