May 1, 1977

Osteoarthrosis of the knee joint, a predictable consequence of meniscectomy in patients with angular deformity of the knee (author's transl)

Acta chirurgica Belgica
R Lemaire

Abstract

The load-bearing function of the menisci is now well established. Meniscectomy increases the load per unit area in the operated femorotibial compartment; this may result into accelerated wear and osteoarthrosis. This is even more likely to occur if meniscectomy is performed on a knee-joint which presents with a mechanical imbalance secondary to angular deformity in the frontal plane. Often, in such cases, the meniscus only displays secondary, degenerative changes, which do not justify meniscectomy. Through a better knowledge of the load-bearing function of the menisci and a more thorough clinical and roentgenological preoperative study in painful knees, undue meniscectomy could be avoided in a number of cases and the frequence of iatrogenic postmeniscectomy osteoarthrosis of the knee-joint could be reduced.

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Degenerative Polyarthritis
Structure of Articular Cartilage
Knee Joint
Iatrogenic Disease
Postoperative Complications
Arthropathy
Bone Diseases
Congenital Abnormality

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