Predictors of functional outcomes after arthroscopic partial meniscectomy

J Rheumatol. 1992 Dec;19(12):1938-42.


Objective: To confirm previous studies that have identified knee osteoarthritis as the principal correlate of poor outcomes after arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM), we considered a range of other preoperative characteristics using multivariable analyses to control for confounding variables.

Methods: One hundred five patients who had APM were studied. Selected demographic and clinical features were obtained from charts and operative notes. Preoperative and current functional status were determined by patient interviews. The principal outcomes were functional status at the time of followup, measured by the Physical Activity Scale of the SF-36 Health Status Inventory, and the Lysholm Knee Rating Scale.

Results: SF-36 scores improved from a mean of 53.7 to a mean of 18.2. The percentage of patients with satisfactory (> or = 77) Lysholm scores increased from 5% preoperatively to 73%. In multivariable analyses, Worker's Compensation (p = 0.003), worse baseline physical functional status (p = 0.007), and Grade III-IV cartilage damage (p = 0.05) were associated with worse post-operative function.

Conclusion: The outcome of APM is generally favorable. The extent of cartilage damage was confirmed as a correlate of poor outcome. However, Worker's Compensation and preoperative physical functional status had the greatest prognostic value and should be ascertained routinely in orthopedic outcome studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthroscopy / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint / physiology*
  • Knee Joint / surgery*
  • Male
  • Massachusetts / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Osteoarthritis / epidemiology
  • Osteoarthritis / physiopathology
  • Osteoarthritis / surgery
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Workers' Compensation