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Nonoperative and arthroscopic approaches to the postmeniscectomy arthritic knee

      Treatment of the postmeniscectomy knee with unicompartmental osteoarthritis remains a challenging clinical problem. Despite pharmacologic advances and surgical innovations, finding the ideal strategy for the patient with single-compartment degenerative disease can be complicated. These patients are generally younger, more active, and have higher expectations. The demands imposed after treatment are generally going to exceed those placed by their older joint replacement counterparts. Complicating this problem is the fact that much of the information we have regarding pharmacologic, physical therapy, and arthroscopic treatments have been directed to the more generalized condition of osteoarthritis. Such information might not be accurately extrapolated to this somewhat different population. However, with that constraint in mind, let us explore the alternative strategies available in managing the postmeniscectomy arthritic knee.
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