What is plica resection?
Plica resection is an arthroscopic knee surgery that involves removing abnormal synovial tissue. Plica are natural folds in the knee joint synovium that can often times become painful and inflamed. Plica inflammation can be caused by overuse activities and sports that require repetitive bending and straightening of the knee.. There are four synovial plica folds of tissue in each knee located within the synovium. The medial plica is often affected by inflammation in the described circumstances. In cases where non-operative measures do not relieve the pain associated with an inflamed medial plica, surgical removal may be necessary. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic knee surgeon, serving Manhattan, New York City and the surrounding New York boroughs, has extensive experience in procedures such as a knee arthroscopy, synovectomy and plica resection.