Meniscal Repairs and Transplantation: Indications, Techniques, Rehabilitation and Clinical Outcome

Timothy Heckmann, Sue Barber-Westin and Frank Noyes

The purpose of this paper is to update current knowledge regarding the indications, operative techniques, rehabilitation programs and clinical outcomes of meniscal repair and transplantation procedures.  Meniscal tears that occur in the periphery can be repaired with good success rates.  Complex multiplanar tears that extend into the avascular inner third of the meniscus can also be successfully repaired using a complex suture technique.  Meniscal transplantation is a valid treatment option for patients who have undergone meniscectomy and have related tibio-femoral pain.  Rehabilitation after these operations begins on day one, the article contains modifications to a rehabilitation protocol according to the type of tear and procedure.

Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy Vol 36, No 10, October 2006

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