Lateral Meniscus Injuries

  • Rene VerdonkEmail author


In case of lateral meniscal tear, care must be taken to save meniscal tissues at all costs. In the young individual the repair needs to be pushed as in the older aged patient adequate limited resection becomes the rule.

In case of stable knees, long term results suggest the partial lateral meniscus resection to be well tolerated. In the ACL deficient knee, ligament repair has become the rule in the young patient as in these instances ab initio, the lateral meniscus is rarely involved.

In case of chronic symptomatic lateral meniscectomy, partial replacement present with clear functional improvement.

In case of total meniscectomy and chronic symptomatic joint line pain – as may be the case after discoid meniscal resection – lateral meniscal allograft transplantation is an optimal indication to avoid inevitable joint line degeneration, even in the well aligned knee joint.


Knee Meniscus Lateral meniscus Meniscal scaffolds Meniscal allografts 



This chapter is based on the long personal clinical and surgical experience of the author but also on the SOFCOT 2005 round table on the lateral meniscus, coordinated by P. Beaufils and P. Hardy.


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  1. 1.Gent State UniversityGhentBelgium

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