Kodama, Yuya Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Okayama University Hospital
Okazaki, Yuki Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Okayama University Hospital
Takihira, Shota Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Okayama University Hospital
Hiranaka, Takaaki Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Okayama University Hospital
Miyazawa, Shinichi Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Okayama University Hospital ORCID
Kamatsuki, Yusuke Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Okayama University Hospital
Purpose To assess the effects of transtibial pullout repair for medial meniscus posterior root tears (MMPRTs) among patients with early osteoarthritis of the knee as measured by the meniscus healing score and to determine whether the meniscus healing score correlates with the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) grade progression. Methods Forty-seven patients with mild osteoarthritic knees (Kellgren–Lawrence grade ≤ 2 and varus alignment < 5°) who underwent transtibial pullout repair less than 3 months after MMPRT onset were assessed. The association between meniscus healing scores at 1 year postoperatively and cartilage damage of the medial compartment (medial femoral condyle [MFC] and medial tibial plateau [MTP]) were evaluated. The MFC was divided into six zones (A to F) and the MTP into two zones (G and H). The mean ICRS grade for each zone was compared between the primary surgery and second-look arthroscopy. The correlation between cartilage damage and meniscus healing status at the time of second-look arthroscopy in each zone was analysed. Results The mean time interval from injury to surgery was 63 days, and all clinical scores showed significant improvement. There were no significant differences in the extent of cartilage damage in areas B, C, E, or F (n.s.) for MFC or in areas G and H (n.s.) for MTP. The meniscus healing score and cartilage damage were correlated in the loading areas (B, C, E, and H; − 0.53, − 0.45, − 0.33, and − 0.38, respectively; p < 0.05). Conclusion Transtibial pullout repair of MMPRTs among patients with mild osteoarthritic knees improved the clinical outcomes and showed a negative correlation between high meniscus healing scores and ICRS grades in the medial compartment loading area. This study suggests that early surgery should be undertaken for patients with mild osteoarthritic knee who develop MMPRTs.
Posterior root tear
Transtibial pullout repair
This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00167-020-06332-7.
This fulltext is available in Oct. 2021.
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy
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