Predicting Results after Partial MeniscectomyResearchers from the Harvard Medical School reviewed 25 studies of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM). The studies were done on adult patients of all ages. The goal of the review was to find ways to predict the outcome of APM. X-ray findings and function were the two main measures of results.
Here's a summary of what they found:
This study shows that surgeons could be helped by knowing the size of meniscal tear before going into the operating room to repair the damage. In the future, MRIs may be done before surgery to confirm the size of the tear. The next study? Using MRIs to predict outcomes of APM.
Dennis S. Meredith, B.S., et al. Factors Predicting Functional and Radiographic Outcomes after Arthroscopic Partial Menisectomy: A Review of the Literature. In
Arthroscopy. February 2005. Vol. 21. No. 2. Pp. 211-223.
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