As Steadman explained it to us, plica is some kind of tissue that forms compartments in the knee during the fetus stage. Apparently, with most of us (like 85%) the tissue disappears during childhood or adolescence. With a lucky few like my wife, however, it stays there taking up space in the knee. This results in a sort of crowding of the surfaces in the joint and can result in pain or bruising or whatever.
So, in addition to having some thankfully minor meniscus repair, she also had what the doc described as "very large" areas of plica removed.
I thought I knew a fair amount about knees (from personal experience), but I had never even heard of plica before last week.
Has anybody else on this board had plica removal and how did you fare?