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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2006 Dec;88(12):1549-56.

The consequences of meniscectomy.

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Brunel University of Sport & Education, The Northwood Orthopaedic Clinic, c/o Bishops Wood Hospital, Rickmansworth Road, Northwood, Middlesex, UK. info@thenorthwoodclinic.com

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.

PMID:
17159163
DOI:
10.1302/0301-620X.88B12.18140
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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