In defence of the meniscus. A prospective study of 200 meniscectomy patients

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1980 Feb;62-B(1):7-11. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.62B1.7351438.


Of 250 patients scheduled for meniscectomy 50 had symptoms which subsided and operation could be deferred; of the remaining 200 only 73 per cent were found to have a significant tear. It is shown that the risks of removing a normal meniscus far exceed those of leaving a tear in the posterior third. Statistical analysis of clinical features revealed no reliable diagnostic pattern.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cartilage, Articular / injuries*
  • Cartilage, Articular / surgery
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Knee Injuries / surgery
  • Knee Joint
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk