AOSSM: Gender Disparity Seen in Knee Surgery Recovery

Women have poorer short-term recovery from arthroscopic partial meniscectomy

MONDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Among patients who undergo arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, short-term recovery is poorer among women and in patients with osteoarthritis, according to research presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Peter Fabricant, B.S., of the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and colleagues studied one-year outcomes in 126 patients.

In contrast to other studies showing that advanced age, obesity and the amount of meniscal tissue removed adversely affect long-term recovery, the researchers found that female gender and the extent of osteoarthritis adversely affected short-term recovery.

Although the researchers couldn't explain how female gender complicates surgical recovery, they suggested that differences in biomechanics could account for the difference. They noted that female patients in the study were more likely than men to report higher levels of knee pain and joint dysfunction.

Severe osteoarthritis may be a contraindication to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy surgery. "Arthritis may be a marker for a degenerated knee, which may not be able to recover as well as a healthy, non-arthritic knee," Fabricant said in a statement.

Abstract (P.54)

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