Meniscectomy in children: results in 59 knees

Injury. 1981 Mar;12(5):425-8. doi: 10.1016/0020-1383(81)90016-4.


Forty-nine children undergoing meniscectomy have been reviewed. Fifty-nine knees were examined with a mean follow-up period of 7.5 years. There was an equal number of operations in both sexes, with a high proportion of operations on the lateral meniscus. A good result was noted in 68 per cent of boys and 29 per cent of girls. Only 27 per cent of patients had normal radiographs; 19 per cent had early osteoarthrosis. The preoperative diagnosis was correct in only 65 per cent of cases. It is concluded that meniscectomy is not a benign procedure in children, and that preoperative assessment should include arthroscopy and possibly arthrography.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint / surgery*
  • Male
  • Menisci, Tibial / surgery*