osteoarthritic changes of the joint alter the structural and
functional integrity of meniscal tissue. These alterations might additionally
compromise the limited healing capacity of the meniscus. In young, active
patients without cartilage damage, meniscus therapy including partial
meniscectomy, meniscus suture, and meniscus replacement has proven beneficial
effects in long-term studies. Even in an early osteoarthritic milieu, there is a
relevant regenerative potential of the meniscus and the surrounding cartilage.
This potential should be taken into account, and meniscal surgery can be
performed with the correct timing and the proper indication even in the presence
of early OA.