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Indications for Meniscus Repair

The Sports Medicine and Shoulder Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, NY 10021, USA.
Clinics in sports medicine (Impact Factor: 2.58). 01/2012; 31(1):1-14. DOI: 10.1016/j.csm.2011.08.012
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ABSTRACT The function and anatomy of the menisci are fundamental to the chondral protection and biomechanics of the knee joint. Healing of the meniscus after meniscal damage is crucial to preservation of its function. The ability to maximize healing after meniscal repair depends on accurate selection of repairable tears based on tear type and biology, patient selection and tear etiology, concomitant pathology, and meticulous repair technique. A thorough understanding of surgical indications and attention to each component of the algorithm that guides the decision for meniscal excision or repair improve identification of repairable meniscal tears, improve healing rates, and optimize surgical outcomes.

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