Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy

, Volume 18, Issue 11, pp 1526–1531 | Cite as

Short- and mid-term results of plica excision in patients with mediopatellar plica and associated cartilage degeneration

  • Ahmet GuneyEmail author
  • Okkes Bilal
  • Mithat Oner
  • Mehmet Halici
  • Yildirim Turk
  • Mehmet Tuncel


This study aimed to evaluate the short- and mid-term results of plica excision in patients with mediopatellar plica and associated cartilage degeneration. Seventy-six surgically treated patients with mediopatellar plica and associated cartilage degeneration at medial femoral condyle (MFC) and/or medial pole of patella were included. Patients were evaluated at baseline, at 6 weeks and 6 months after the operation for their clinical outcomes and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) scores. The frequency of all signs and symptoms, including all pain parameters, and WOMAC scores were significantly improved compared to baseline, at 6 weeks and 6 months after the operation (P < 0.017). Based on mean WOMAC scores, results of most patients were rated as excellent both at 6 weeks (88%) and at 6 months (94%). Surgical excision of mediopatellar plica associated with cartilage degeneration appears to result in substantial clinical improvement, thus it represents an effective treatment modality.


Mediopatellar plica WOMAC Surgical excision Cartilage degeneration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ahmet Guney
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • Okkes Bilal
    • 2
  • Mithat Oner
    • 1
  • Mehmet Halici
    • 1
  • Yildirim Turk
    • 1
  • Mehmet Tuncel
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedics and TraumatologyErciyes University Medical FacultyKayseriTurkey
  2. 2.Kahramanmaras State HospitalKahramanmarasTurkey
  3. 3.Ozel Sur HastanesiIstanbulTurkey
  4. 4.Tepebaglar Cad. Bahcelievler Mah. Gulizar KonakKayseriTurkey

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