Dr. Eric P. Rightmire: A lot of my patients come to my office with a meniscal tear and they wonder whether they need surgery. My answer usually is this meniscus can be either stable or unstable. Majority of meniscal tears are stable, meaning that the symptoms can resolve with time and with rest occasionally with physical therapy. If the symptoms resolve, nothing further needs to be done. The unstable meniscal tears are the ones that produce mechanical symptoms, so locking, catching, popping, those are the ones that occasionally need a procedure called an arthroscopy. That is where we make two little poke holes within the knee and we can go in and either debride the meniscus or repair it. At any rate, the bottom line is if you have meniscal symptoms, or suspect you may have a meniscal tear, come see one of us.