Knee Arthroscopy and Cartilage Removal

The return to sport time depends on many factors, including the type of sport played and your position in the team.

The paper highlights that meniscal tears of often seen on MRI scan of asymptomatic knees, so it is imperative not to jump to conclusions, just because a tear was seen on a scan.

While the surgery is typically very successful in carefully selected patients, the predictors of a negative outcome after surgery include females, a torn outer (or lateral) cartilage, a cartilage tear that necessitated > 50% of the cartilage to be removed, patient who are over-weight or obese, knees with previous articular cartilage damage or knees that are either unstable or malaligned.

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