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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1995 Mar;77(2):245-9.

Second-look arthroscopy after meniscal repair. Review of 132 menisci repaired by an arthroscopic inside-out technique.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Osaka University Medical School, Japan.


From 1986 to 1993, we repaired 278 torn menisci in 264 patients using an arthroscopically assisted inside-out technique. A total of 132 meniscal repairs in 122 patients were evaluated by second-look arthroscopy. At review, only nine patients had meniscal symptoms, such as locking, swelling or pain. Ninety-seven menisci (73%) had healed completely at the repair site, but there were new tears in different areas of 21 menisci, some of which had complete healing at the repair site. Incomplete healing, seen in 23 menisci (17%), was frequently near the popliteus tendon, most commonly where there had been an associated anterior-cruciate-ligament injury. Arthroscopically-assisted meniscal repair seems to be a reliable procedure, but some clinically successful cases had incomplete healing at the repair site or a newly-formed tear in the meniscal body or both. These lesions may cause meniscal symptoms to appear at a later date.

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