Meniscal surgery: pathology not related to pain and function

Does meniscal surgery help to improve symptoms?

There is no clinically relevant association between preoperatively reported knee pain and function and structural knee joint pathology recorded during surgery. This is the outcome of a study conducted in patients who underwent arthroscopic surgery for meniscal tears.

These results challenge the assumption that: 1) symptoms are related to structural pathology in the knee joint; and that 2) arthroscopic surgery for structural pathology is a means for improving patient-reported outcomes for some patients with knee pain and loss of function.


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