This study was undertaken to document the clinical results and technical aspects of arthroscopic repair including popliteus tendon as a post for the treatment of complex lateral meniscus in young people indicated as total meniscectomy.
From June 2004 to May 2006, we prospectively studied arthroscopic repairs on 35 young people knees with symptomatic complex lateral meniscus that was treated by all inside repair technique. Mean age at operation was 28.7 years (range, 17 to 42 years), and the mean follow-up period was 42.9 months (range, 36 to 60 months). Clinical results were evaluated using Lysholm knee scores preoperatively and at final follow-up. 2nd look arthroscopy or MRI was taken at final follow-up.
All patients were able to return to their previous life activities with little or no limitation, and no reoperation was required after an average follow-up of 43 months. Mean Lysholm knee scores improved from 65 (range, 55 to 74) preoperatively to 93.9 (range, 79 to 100) at the final follow-up (P < .0001). 80% meniscus healing was found on arthroscopic or MRI follow up.
Arthroscopic repair using Popliteus tendon as a post is effective for treating young people with complex lateral meniscus tear as a salvage procedure.
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