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Will I get arthritis after complete meniscus removal?
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Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Possibly
We no longer remove the entire meniscus because our studies show a high rate of arthritis resulting from loss of the entire meniscus, but it is not a definite thing.
The meniscus spreads the load of the knee across a large part of the cartilage, so that a single point does not take up the entire weight. Without a meniscus, these forces concentrate and promote wear and tear.

In brief: Possibly
We no longer remove the entire meniscus because our studies show a high rate of arthritis resulting from loss of the entire meniscus, but it is not a definite thing.
The meniscus spreads the load of the knee across a large part of the cartilage, so that a single point does not take up the entire weight. Without a meniscus, these forces concentrate and promote wear and tear.
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