Plica surgery in the knee is performed to remove a plical fold of joint lining that is being troublesome, perhaps because it is catching in the joint. The procedure is usually arthroscopic (keyhole).
|The various plicae of the knee.||The medial plica can become nipped between femur and patella, with resultant pain.|
Surgery for plica syndrome
Surgery may be indicated when the patient repetitively experiences symptoms, which may include:
- inflammation of a plica, due to an impact injury
- nipping of a mediopatellar plica between femur and patella
- nipping of a suprapatellar plica between femur and the quads tendon
- inflammation of the Hoffa fat pad, when a tethered infrapatellar plica is subjected to increased stresses, such as with an adolescent growth spurt
Synovial Plica Syndrome of the Knee: A Commonly Overlooked Cause of Anterior Knee Pain. Lee PYF, Nixion A, Chandratreya A and Murray JM. Surg J (N Y). 2017 Jan; 3(1): e9–e16.