Traumatic meniscus lesions

Rather preserve than (partially) remove

  • Meniscal suturing favourable over (partial) meniscectomy
  • Simultaneous repair of anterior cruciate ligament and meniscal tear(s) is recommended
  • McMurray test is important in clinical diagnostics

Patients who sustain a traumatic meniscus injury due to an unstable meniscus are better off if the surgeon repairs the meniscus than when he chooses for (partial) meniscectomy. This also applies to chronic or severely injured menisci and patients suffering from meniscal problems due to obesity. In the long term, this leads to a reduced risk of osteoarthritis. This is concluded by a team of the European Society for Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy, that developed a consensus statement based on scientific literature and the clinical expertise of 45 scientists and experts on the knee joint.


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