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    How Age and Satisfaction are Related in Meniscus Surgery

       Does age matter?

    Q: Compared with the patient’s age at the time of the meniscus surgery, what was the patient’s satisfaction rating for the partial meniscectomy? Similarly for torn meniscus severity, what was the patient’s satisfaction rating for the surgery? 

    Are younger meniscus tear surgery patients more satisfied?
    Are knee meniscus patients who have less severe tears more satisfied?

    Discussing surgery for meniscus tearDuring Real Surgery Patient Research, we speculated that we might find age and severity of meniscus tear were closely correlated to satisfaction with meniscus surgery. We wondered, “If a patient is younger, could he or she recover better and be more satisfied?” and “If a patient has a less severely torn meniscus, could he or she benefit more from surgery and be more satisfied?” For severity, we asked patients to say how their surgeons classified their tears, and we also asked patients to classify themselves as mild, moderate, or severe tears. For age, we looked at the patient’s age at the time of surgery.

    What’s below? Data from patient research illustrates whether patient age and severity of knee meniscus injury predict patient satisfaction with meniscus surgery. Addresses question of whether younger meniscus tear surgery patients are more satisfied after meniscectomy. Also addresses whether knee meniscus patients who have less severe tears are more satisfied after partial meniscectomy.
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