The prognosis of meniscectomy in athletes. The simple meniscus lesions without ligamentous instabilities

Y. Hoshikawa, H. Kurosawa, T. Fukubayashi, H. Nakajima, K. Watarai

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This study analyzes patient participation in athletic activities after meniscectomy. Seventy simple meniscus lesions in 68 patients without ligamentous insufficiency were studied by means of a detailed questionnaire and clinical and radiological examinations. Follow-up ranged from 1 to 18.4 years, averaging 4.5 years. These cases are classified into two groups, depending on the intensity of athletic activities. Group 1 consisted of international class athletes and Group 2 consisted of both competitive and recreational athletes. None of those studied have given up sports following meniscectomy. Results were worse in Group 1 than in Group 2 in both clinical and subjective evaluation. In Group 1 volleyball players presented results worse than those of football (American style) players and wrestlers. In Group 2 there was no significant difference in results among athletes of various sports. We conclude that the results after meniscectomy are influenced by the quality and frequency of postoperative athletic activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-13
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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Hoshikawa, Y., Kurosawa, H., Fukubayashi, T., Nakajima, H., & Watarai, K. (1983). The prognosis of meniscectomy in athletes. The simple meniscus lesions without ligamentous instabilities. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 11(1), 8-13.