Outcome of arthroscopic meniscectomy. A 13-year physical and radiographic follow-up of 43 patients under 23 years of age

Acta Orthop Scand. 1995 Apr;66(2):113-7. doi: 10.3109/17453679508995502.


We reexamined 43 patients with stable knees at a mean of 13 years after arthroscopic meniscectomy. The patients had a maximum age of 22 years at the operation and no patient had had previous surgery on the involved knee. At the follow-up examination, no differences in range of motion, muscle strength or tibial A/P displacement were seen between the operated and the nonoperated knees and 36 patients had no problem with their knee in daily life. Radiographic changes were found in the operated knee in 20 patients and in the nonoperated knee in 5 patients. 8 patients had a reduction of the joint space on the involved side, but none had more severe changes. Cartilage fibrillation at the index arthroscopy did not increase the radiographic changes at follow-up, but radiographic changes were commoner after subtotal meniscectomy (7/8) than after partial meniscectomy (17/35). These findings are similar to previous studies of arthroscopic meniscectomy of medium duration and do not differ considerably from studies of open meniscectomy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Arthroscopy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Menisci, Tibial / diagnostic imaging
  • Menisci, Tibial / surgery*
  • Radiography
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries*
  • Treatment Outcome