A total meniscectomy is the surgical removal of the whole of a meniscus - the shock absorber of the knee.
Consequences of total meniscectomy
Usually a knee surgeon will do their best to preserve as much of the damaged meniscus as possible, but sometimes it is simply too damaged and needs to be removed, although the very important rim might still be salvageable.
Options after total meniscectomy
In the younger patient who has had a total meniscectomy, a meniscal transplant may offer the chance of avoiding early arthritis. The procedure is known as meniscal allograft transplantation (MAT) and involves securing in a cadaveric meniscus.
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Relevant material -
Peer-reviewed papers -
- 2021 - The future of meniscus science: international expert consensus - Authors: DePhillipo NN et al. and interpreted for you by Dr Sheila Strover (Clinical Editor)
- 2020 - Management of traumatic meniscus tears: the 2019 ESSKA meniscus consensus - Authors: Kopf S et al. and interpreted for you by Dr Sheila Strover (Clinical Editor)