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Arthroscopic meniscectomy
  1. Niek Van Dijk
  1. Correspondence to Professor Niek Van Dijk, Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, Meibergdreef 9, Amsterdam 1105AZ, The Netherlands; C.NiekvanDijk{at}

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Arthroscopic meniscectomy is one of the most common orthopaedic surgical procedures. However, in the long term, it has drawbacks. Ten to 20 years after meniscectomy, there is a 10-fold increase in osteoarthritis, compared to controls.1 ,2 And after 20–30 years, almost three of four patients develop radiographic tibiofemoral osteoarthritis.3 And, as we very well know, knee osteoarthritis is a leading contributor to disability, worldwide.4

Over the past decade, we have seen several randomised clinical trials concerning arthroscopic treatment of degenerative knee disease and meniscus surgery. These clearly suggest that arthroscopic meniscectomy offers advantage against …

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