Knee arthroscopy and partial medial menisectomy surgical technique
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Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy is a commonly performed procedure. In recent years a clearer understanding of the success of meniscectomy in the degenerative knee has reduced its popularity, as non-operative treatment may result in greater patient satisfaction. However there is still strong evidence for its use for acute and/or unstable tears.
Tears in the non-vascular “white-on-white” zone are not amenable to meniscal repair (see separate presentation) and therefore may require conservative debridement back to healthy stable meniscal tissue.
The surgery is performed with the use of a combination of handheld instruments such as punches, shavers and more recently radio-frequency ablation.
The detail in this technique in terms of the mechanics of performing a knee arthroscopy is complementary to knee arthroscopy also detailed on OrthOracle.
The various OrthOracle techniques detailing techniques of meniscal repair can also be usefully read in conjunction with this technique: Trans-tibial meniscal root repair using Smith and Nephew Firstpass mini and Meniscal repair using Smith & Nephew fast-fix 360 system & knee arthroscopy.
Author: Andrew Pearse FRCS (Tr & Orth)
Institution: The Worcestershire Acute NHS Trusts, Uk.