Earlier treatment of meniscus tears in adolescents and children may increase the likelihood of repair for these younger patients, according to recently published data.
Researchers at Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center performed a retrospective review on patients between the 10 years and 19 years old who underwent arthroscopic surgery for a meniscus injury. They classified patients with open growth plates as children and patients with closed growth plates as adolescents. Demographic data were documented, including age, gender, body mass index, mechanism of injury and time from injury to surgery. To assess the tear pattern, researchers used operative reports and intraoperative photographs, as well as concomitant procedures and injuries, and tears were classified as discoid, vertical, bucket-handle, radial, oblique, horizontal, fray, root detachment or complex.Full Story »