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Question:

Should I have a knee arthroscopy surgery if I had a traumatic event that was the cause (e.g. football injury, fall, etc)?

Answer:

Yes
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MedHead Message:

Arthroscopy for traumatic meniscal tears reduces pain and increases functioning. A simple rule of thumb: No trauma, surgery doesn’t help. Yes trauma, surgery likely will help with pain and functioning.

References:

"1. Li K1, Cavaignac E, Chen H, Xu W, Chen C, Huang W Is Knee Arthroscopy Beneficial in Treating Traumatic Meniscal Tears on Patients Older Than 60 Years? J Knee Surg. 2018.Aug;31(7):635-641. doi: 10.1055/s-0037-1605562. Epub 2017 Aug 25. 2. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2016 Sep;136(9):1297-1301. doi: 10.1007/s00402-016-2504-y. Epub 2016 Jul 9. Arthroscopic meniscectomy of traumatic versus atraumatic tears in middle aged patients: is there a difference? Haviv B, Bronak S, Kosashvili Y, Thein R "

 

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