Dr. Matava describes what happens to a woman's knee when her meniscus is removed.
It increases the stress on the remaining bone against bone and what that causes is a degradation of the articular cartilage, which is a smooth glistening white surface that allows the joint to properly move back and forth. What that does is it results in long-term degenerative osteoarthritis.
About Dr. Matava, M.D.:
Dr. Matthew J. Matava, M.D., is an associate professor and orthopedic surgeon at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Specializing in sports medicine, his clinical areas of interest include ligament injuries of the knee, athletic injuries of the shoulder and elbow, and pediatric orthopedic knee disorders.