The consequences of meniscectomy

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2006 Dec;88(12):1549-56. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.88B12.18140.

Abstract

The menisci of the knee have an important role in load-bearing and shock absorption within the joint. They may also function as secondary stabilisers, have a proprioceptive role, and aid the lubrication and nutrition of the articular cartilage. Complete or partial loss of a meniscus can have damaging effects on a knee, leading to serious long-term sequelae. This paper reviews the consequences of meniscectomy and summarises the body of evidence in the literature regarding those factors most relevant to long-term outcome.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / physiopathology
  • Knee Injuries / rehabilitation
  • Knee Injuries / surgery*
  • Knee Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Knee Joint / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Menisci, Tibial / physiopathology
  • Menisci, Tibial / surgery*
  • Radiography
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries