What is the role of surgery in the treatment of plica syndrome?

Updated: Jul 05, 2018
  • Author: Tracy Lee Bigelow, DO; Chief Editor: Thomas M DeBerardino, MD  more...
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Surgical therapy for plica syndrome is virtually always arthroscopic. The arthroscopic surgeon must exclude other potential intra-articular causes of knee pain and then address any pathologic plicae. Plica resection may be performed with arthroscopic hand instruments, a motorized soft-tissue resector, or certain commercially available electrothermal devices.


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