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Sports Medicine Surgical Quality Data: Meniscus Tear with Articular Debridement

The data below is a summary of patients who underwent surgery for meniscus tear with articular debridement at the UW Health Sports Medicine Center between January 2007 and December 2013.
  • Patients: 187
  • Gender: 50 percent females, 50 percent males

Knee Function


As measured by the 2000 IKDC. A score of 100 is optimal.

Pre-surgery 45.6
One year post-surgery 68.8



Health-related Quality of Life


As measured by SF-12 v 2.0 subscales. A score of 100 is optimal.  

Pre-surgery 48.9 49.6 53.1 75.9 57.3 77.9 81 70.6
Post-surgery 77.3 77.5 76.3 77.8 65.1 88 90.2 76.7



  • PF (Physical Function): The extent you are limited or able to perform daily living activities. 
  • RP (Role Physical): The extent you are limited when performing work or daily living activities. 
  • BP (Bodily Pain): The limitations placed upon you by pain you are experiencing. 
  • GH (General Health): An overall measure of your personal health
  • VT (Vitality): The amount of energy you have during your daily activities.
  • SF (Social Function): The level of interference with social activities you experience due to physical or emotional problems.
  • RE (Role Emotional): Problems you experience with work or daily activities as a result of emotional problems.
  • MH (Mental Health): The extent to which nervousness or happiness affect you all of the time.
Patient Response
UW Health Sports Medicine asked patients who underwent surgery for meniscus tear with articular debridement the following question: How has the function of your knee changed since your knee surgery?
Here are their responses. 
  Much WorseModerately WorseSlightly WorseSlightly BetterModerately BetterMuch Better
Percentage 0 0.2 6 8.3 21 63