Thirty-nine patients treated with total meniscectomy younger than 16 years of age were studied. The average follow-up period was 21 years; 71% of the patients reported pain; 68%, stiffness; 54%, swelling; and 41%, giving way. Approximately half the patients described progression of symptoms, but only 27% were asymptomatic. Only 10% noted limitations at work, but 62% had limitations in sports. Twelve percent have had further knee surgery. Forty-nine percent received unsatisfactory subjective/functional ratings. On physical examination, 25% of patients had range of motion loss of greater than 5 degrees, 22% had thigh atrophy of greater than 1 cm, and 20% developed substantial instability. Overall, 27% received unsatisfactory objective ratings. Ninety percent of patients had abnormal roentgenograms. Changes occurred predominantly in the meniscectomized compartment. Forty-four percent of patients had unsatisfactory roentgenographic ratings. Overall ratings indicated that 63% of patients' results rated unsatisfactory. More unsatisfactory results occurred in patients with a follow-up period of longer than 26 years, in those with substantial instability, and in males. Few differences existed between medial and lateral meniscectomies or with increasing durations of symptoms preoperatively.