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Surgical Approach for Meniscectomy

DIVISION OF THE MEDIAL COLLATERAL LIGAMENT

WHITTAKER, RICHARD P.; SCHWARTZ, ARTHUR D.; CAPE, RICHARD F.

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Ten patients underwent meniscectomy using a medial collateral ligament-dividing approach. Ten randomly chosen patients had a meniscectomy through the standard anteromedial approach and served as controls. The ligament-dividing approach allowed easy, complete removal of the medial meniscus under direct vision. However, postoperative studies showed statistically increased varusvalgus and anteroposterior instability with the ligament-dividing approach as compared with the controls. The patients operated on with the former approach also had more difficulty in attaining a full range of motion of the knee.

From the Orthopaedic Surgery Service, Gorgas Hospital, Canal Zone

Copyright © 1974 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
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