We retrospectively reviewed the 4.5 year (range, 21-88 months) follow-up results of arthroscopic partial meniscectomies performed in 11 knees between 1994 and 2000 to treat a symptomatic discoid lateral meniscus. The average age at surgery was 11.5 years (range, 5-17 years). All except one of the discoid menisci were of a complete type, and all except three were torn menisci. At the latest follow-up examination, the result was excellent for nine knees, and good for two; no degenerative changes were evident on the roentgenograms. Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy should be the treatment of choice for the complete type symptomatic lateral discoid meniscus, even if it is intact. Preoperative lack of the knee extension requires a gentle rehabilitation program post-operatively. (C) 2003 Lippincott Williams Wilkins.