alexa Meniscal tears, repairs and replacement: their relevance to osteoarthritis of the knee.


Journal of Arthritis

Author(s): McDermott

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The menisci of the knee are important load sharers and shock absorbers in the joint. Meniscal tears are common, and whenever possible meniscal tears should be surgically repaired. Meniscectomy leads to a significant increased risk of osteoarthritis, and various options now exist for replacing missing menisci, including the use of meniscal scaffolds or the replacement of the entire meniscus by meniscal allograft transplantation. The field of meniscal surgery continues to develop apace, and the future may lie in growing new menisci by tissue engineering techniques.

This article was published in Br J Sports Med and referenced in Journal of Arthritis

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