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Clin Sports Med. 2018 Apr;37(2):293-306. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2017.12.007.

Knee Meniscus Injuries: Common Problems and Solutions.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, 911 East 20th Street, Suite 300, Sioux Falls, SD 57105, USA. Electronic address:
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Kentucky School of Medicine, 740 South Limestone, K403, Lexington, KY 40536-0284, USA.


The rates of arthroscopic meniscus repair continue to increase with excellent reported outcomes. Complications, sometimes catastrophic, following meniscus repair may occur. The rate of postoperative complications may be reduced by adequate diagnosis, appropriate patient selection, meniscus repair selection, surgical techniques, and postoperative management. When complications occur, the provider must identify and take steps to rectify as well as prevent further complications from occurring. The purpose of this article is to detail the common diagnostic, technical, and postoperative pitfalls that may result in poor patient outcomes.


Chondrolysis; Complication; Implant; Infection; Meniscus; Nerve injury; Repair; Tear

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