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Knee. 2001 Jun;8(2):129-33.

Review of the clinical results of arthroscopic meniscal repair.

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Department of Orthopaedics, Leicester General Hospital, Gwendolen Road, Leicester LE5 4PW, UK.


A total of 62 arthroscopic meniscal repairs (60 knees in 59 patients) over a 5-year period were evaluated retrospectively to assess outcome and to identify factors that might improve future clinical results. The overall success rate was 66.1%. Early repair within 3 months of sustaining the tear gave better results (91%) than if carried out later (58%). Suture repair alone yielded better results (78%) than meniscal arrows or a T-fix device (56%). Healing rates of atraumatic meniscus tears were much lower than for traumatic tears (42 vs. 73%). The isolated atraumatic medial meniscal tear appeared to do particularly poorly (33% healing) and may be better treated by meniscectomy.

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