A torn mensicus is one of the most common problems we see in the office. Once you have a the diagnosis of a torn meniscus, what does that mean? The meniscus doesn't heal on its own but that doesn't mean that you have to have surgery. Sometimes meniscal tears can be managed without surgery. When they do need to be addressed surgically, most frequently this means removing the torn piece, much like clipping off a hangnail. In the ideal situation (young, healthy patient with the perfect tear) the meniscus can be repaired. This is only about 10-15% of the time. Follow this link from the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine to see how arthroscopic meniscal surgery happens.