Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 157, Issue 6, pp 191–192 | Cite as

A comparative study of arthroscopic and open meniscectomy

  • J. O’Byrne
  • R. Moran
  • P. MacAuley
  • M. G. Walsh


THIS study was undertaken to assess the outcome of arthroscopic compared with open meniscectomy. Two groups of thirty patients matched for age, sex, site and type of meniscal lesion were included. Economic, socio-economic subjective and objective results were recorded at follow up. Duration of hospital stay and post operative absence from work and sport were significantly shorter than those treated arthroscopically. Symptomatically, the arthroscopic group reported better results. Clinical examination carried out at the time of recall revealed less muscle wasting and greater range of movement in the arthroscopic group. We feel that although arthroscopic meniscectomy can be technically demanding its results are clearly superior to those achieved by open meniscectomy.


Open Group Meniscal Tear Partial Meniscectomy Meniscal Lesion Chondromalacia 
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© Springer 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. O’Byrne
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. Moran
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. MacAuley
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. G. Walsh
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryThe Mater Misericordiae HospitalDublin 7
  2. 2.Cappagh Orthopaedic HospitalFinglas, Dublin 11

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