When a surgeon sews (sutures) the torn bits of a meniscus, he has the option to use a number of different techniques. One of these is the 'inside-out' technique. It is a challenging procedure and has been replaced by the simple 'all inside' technique.
In the inside-out technique, long thin cannulas (tubes) are passed through the skin into the knee cavity, passing through the tear in the meniscus. The surgeon can see the cannula entering the knee because he is watching from the inside using an arthroscope. Once the cannula is in position, a sort of fine threader device is loaded with a thread (suture) is passed through it, and the stitch retrieved from the inside and then looped back again to hold the meniscus bits in place. The stitch is tied outside the knee joint.
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