1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, National Hospital Organization Kanmon medical Center, Kanmon, Japan
2 Department of Radiology, National Hospital Organization Kanmon medical Center, Yamaguchi, Japan
Poor long-term clinical results have been reported following partial and total menisectomy. To preserve the meniscus, many surgeons perform meniscal repairs when possible. However, meniscal repair for degenerative tears and white-white tears is challenging.
15 patients underwent meniscal repair for degenerative and horizontal tears. Follow-up evaluation included clinical assessment and Magnetic Resonance Imaging examination. The mean follow-up time was 11.9 months (from 8 months to 13 months).
The healing rate on clinical assessment was 86.6% 12 months after surgery. MRI showed partial healing in 12 patients, complete healing in 1 and no healing in 2 after 12 months.
The findings suggest that it may be possible to repair degenerative and horizontal meniscal tears.
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