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Meniscal allograft transplantation without bone blocks: a 5- to 8-year follow-up of 33 patients.
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PMID:  20851561     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the functional and radiographic results on a midterm basis, as well as complications, in an initial series of meniscal allograft transplantations performed with suture fixation without any bone block.
METHODS: A series of 33 meniscal allograft transplantations were performed at our institution from January 2001 to October 2003. Inclusion criteria were patients with compartmental joint line pain due to a previous meniscectomy. There were 24 men and 9 women with a mean age of 38.8 years (range, 21 to 54 years). The functional outcomes were evaluated by use of Lysholm and Tegner scores at a mean and minimum follow-up of 6.5 years and 5 years, respectively. A visual analog scale for pain was also used. Radiographic assessment included joint space narrowing on the Rosenberg view and magnetic resonance imaging evaluation.
RESULTS: The Lysholm and Tegner scores significantly improved from 65.4 to 88.6 (P < .001) and from 3.1 to 5.5 (P < .001), respectively, after surgery. The visual analog scale score significantly dropped from 6.4 to 1.5 (P < .001). The radiographic evaluation did not show any joint space narrowing (P = .38). Meniscal extrusion was a constant finding, averaging 36.3% of total meniscal size. According to the Van Arkel criteria, the survival rate was 87.8% at 6.5 years. The rate of complications was 33%.
CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that this procedure provides significant pain relief and functional improvement in selected symptomatic individuals on a midterm basis. However, there was a high rate of complications (33%) and revision surgery.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level IV, therapeutic case series.
Gemma González-Lucena; Pablo Eduardo Gelber; Xavier Pelfort; Marc Tey; Juan Carlos Monllau
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1526-3231     ISO Abbreviation:  Arthroscopy     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-29     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506498     Medline TA:  Arthroscopy     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1633-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Arthroscopy Association of North America. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital de Sant Pau, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
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