The Consequence of Meniscectomy in 147 Athletes: A 14.5-Year (Median) Prospective Longitudinal Study

  • U. Jørgensen
  • S. Sonne-Holm
  • F. Lauridsen
  • A. Rosenklint
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Abstract

The long-term results after meniscectomy have previously been assessed by cross-sectional studies (Appel 1970; Tapper 1969; Johnson et al. 1974; Jakson 1968). These have revealed an increased incidence of degenerative changes in the operated knee, which could be explained by biomechanical changes following meniscectomy (Krause 1976; Wang 1974; Seedhom 1974; Oretorp 1975; Walker 1975). However, the single cross-sectional design is inadequate for describing the changes in complaints and clinical and radiological findings. In order to obtain a more realistic picture of the consequences after meniscectomy we designed a prospective longitudinal study of athletes meniscectomised by arthrotomy for an isolated lesion of a meniscus in an otherwise normal knee. The primary aim was to describe the consequences with regard to:
  • Time to the development of subjective complaints, objective findings and radiological changes

  • The influence on working capacity and sports activity

  • Identification of risk factors at the time of operation and at a short-term follow-up.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Jørgensen
    • 1
  • S. Sonne-Holm
    • 1
  • F. Lauridsen
    • 1
  • A. Rosenklint
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryGentofte Hospital, University of CopenhagenDenmark

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