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Am J Sports Med. 2013 Dec;41(12):2772-8. doi: 10.1177/0363546513503444. Epub 2013 Sep 13.

Risk factors for meniscectomy after meniscal repair.

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Stephen Lyman, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021. lymans@hss.edu.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Previous research suggests that a substantial percentage of meniscal repairs fail, resulting in a subsequent meniscectomy. Risk factors for failure have been investigated using small cohorts, providing ambiguous results.

PURPOSE:

To measure the frequency of and elucidate risk factors for subsequent meniscectomies after meniscal repair using a large study population from multiple surgical centers.

STUDY DESIGN:

Case-control study; Level of evidence, 3.

METHODS:

A total of 9529 patients who underwent 9609 outpatient meniscal repairs between 2003 and 2010 were identified from a statewide database of all ambulatory surgery in New York. Patients who subsequently underwent a meniscectomy were then identified. A Cox regression analysis was used to calculate the hazard ratio and 95% confidence intervals. The model included patient age, sex, comorbidities, concomitant arthroscopic procedures, laterality of the meniscus, and surgeon's yearly meniscal repair volume.

RESULTS:

The overall frequency of subsequent meniscectomies was 8.9%. Patients were at a decreased risk for subsequent meniscectomies if they underwent a concomitant anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction (P < .001). Patients undergoing isolated meniscal repairs (without concomitant ACL reconstruction) were at a decreased risk if they were older (P < .001), had a lateral meniscal injury (P = .002), or were operated on by a surgeon with a higher annual meniscal repair volume (>24 cases/year; P < .001).

CONCLUSION:

A meniscectomy after meniscal repair is performed infrequently, supporting the notion that repairing a meniscus is a safe and effective procedure in the long term. The risk for undergoing subsequent meniscectomies is decreased in patients undergoing a concomitant ACL reconstruction, in cases of isolated meniscal repairs for patients of older age, and in patients undergoing meniscal repair by surgeons with a high case volume.

KEYWORDS:

knee; knee arthroscopic surgery; meniscal repair; meniscectomy; meniscus

PMID:
24036573
DOI:
10.1177/0363546513503444
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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