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Indian J Orthop. 2019 May-Jun;53(3):431-436. doi: 10.4103/ortho.IJOrtho_244_18.

The International Knee Documentation Committee Score Indicates Midterm Patient Satisfaction with Outcomes after Meniscal Allograft Transplantation.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Seoul Paik Hospital, Inje University, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sunsoochon Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Konkuk University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.



This study aimed to identify the factors associated with patient satisfaction with the outcome of meniscal allograft transplantation (MAT).

Materials and Methods:

Patients treated with MAT from March 2006 to May 2009 were asked to complete a five-point Likert scale regarding satisfaction with the outcome of MAT, in addition to the following subjective outcome evaluation forms: the International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) subjective forms, Knee Society Score knee and function forms, and Lysholm Knee Scoring Scale. We collected radiologic data using X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging and assessed isokinetic muscle strength test using the Biodex System 3. We investigated whether these parameters were significantly associated with patient satisfaction. Statistical analysis was computed using univariate and multivariable logistic regression.


Among the 130 patients who underwent MAT, 49 participated in the interview and were included in this study. The mean followup period was 50.4 months. Mean patient age was 40 (±9) years; 33 were male and 16 were female (33%). The lateral meniscus was transplanted in 13 (27%) patients, while the medial meniscus was involved in 36 (73%) patients. On univariate analysis, sex and isokinetic extension strength deficit at 60° and 180° as well as the IKDC, Knee Society, and Lysholm scores showed significant association with patient satisfaction regarding the outcome. On multivariable logistic regression, only the IKDC score showed a significant association, with P = 0.04.


The study results support the importance of patient-reported subjective outcomes in terms of patient satisfaction following a surgical procedure. Regarding MAT, the IKDC outcome score reflects patient satisfaction.

Level of evidence:

Level III.


Allograft; knee; meniscus; satisfaction

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