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Meniscal Root tear

Jason L Koh, Seung Jin Yi, Yupeng Ren, Todd A Zimmerman, Li-Qun Zhang
BACKGROUND: The meniscus is known to increase the contact area and decrease contact pressure in the tibiofemoral compartments of the knee. Radial tears of the meniscal root attachment along with partial resections of the torn meniscal tissue decrease the contact area and increase pressure; however, there is a lack of information on the effects of a horizontal cleavage tear (HCT) and partial leaf meniscectomy of such tears on tibiofemoral contact pressure and contact area. METHODS: Twelve fresh-frozen human cadaveric knees were tested under 10 conditions: 5 serial conditions of posterior medial meniscectomy (intact meniscus, HCT, repaired HCT, inferior leaf resection, and resection of both inferior and superior leaves), each at 2 knee flexion angles (0° and 60°) under an 800-N axial load...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Aaron J Krych, Patrick J Reardon, Nick R Johnson, Rohith Mohan, Logan Peter, Bruce A Levy, Michael J Stuart
PURPOSE: Medial meniscus posterior root tears (MMPRTs) are a significant source of pain and dysfunction, but little is known about the natural history and outcome and for non-operative management of these lesions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate (1) the mid-term clinical and radiographic outcomes of non-operative treatment of MMPRTs and (2) risk factors for worse outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed for patients with symptomatic, unrepaired MMPRTs and a minimum 2-year follow-up for IKDC and Tegner outcome scores...
October 19, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Brett D Steineman, Samuel G Moulton, Tammy L Haut Donahue, Cristián A Fontboté, Christopher M LaPrade, Tyler R Cram, Chase S Dean, Robert F LaPrade
BACKGROUND: The anterolateral meniscal root (ALMR) has been reported to intricately insert underneath the tibial insertion of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Previous studies have begun to evaluate the relationship between the insertion areas and the risk of iatrogenic injuries; however, the overlap of the insertions has yet to be quantified in the sagittal and coronal planes. PURPOSE: To investigate the insertions of the human tibial ACL and ALMR using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and to quantify the overlap of the ALMR insertion in the coronal and sagittal planes...
October 11, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
Andrew R Palisch, Ronald R Winters, Marc H Willis, Collin D Bray, Theodore B Shybut
The menisci play an important biomechanical role in axial load distribution of the knees by means of hoop strength, which is contingent on intact circumferentially oriented collagen fibers and meniscal root attachments. Disruption of the meniscal root attachments leads to altered biomechanics, resulting in progressive cartilage loss, osteoarthritis, and subchondral edema, with the potential for development of a subchondral insufficiency fracture. Identification of meniscal root tears at magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is crucial because new arthroscopic surgical techniques (transtibial pullout repair) have been developed to repair meniscal root tears and preserve the tibiofemoral cartilage of the knee...
October 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Eric J Strauss, Michael S Day, Michael Ryan, Laith Jazrawi
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August 9, 2016: JBJS Reviews
Y Kodama, T Furumatsu, M Fujii, T Tanaka, S Miyazawa, T Ozaki
A medial meniscus posterior root tear (MMPRT) may increase the tibiofemoral contact pressure by decreasing the tibiofemoral contact area. Meniscal dysfunction induced by posterior root injury may lead to the development of osteoarthritic knees. Repair of a MMPRT can restore medial meniscus (MM) function and prevent knee osteoarthritis progression. Several surgical procedures have been reported for treating a MMPRT. However, these procedures are associated with several technical difficulties. Here, we describe a technique to stabilize a torn MM posterior root using the FasT-Fix(®) all-inside meniscal suture device and a new aiming device...
August 23, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Philipp Forkel, Peter Foehr, Johannes C Meyer, Elmar Herbst, Wolf Petersen, Peter U Brucker, Rainer Burgkart, Andreas B Imhoff
PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to biomechanically compare three different posterior meniscal root repair techniques. Transtibial fixation of a posterior meniscus root tear (PMRT) combined with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction via one tunnel only shows similar properties in terms of cyclic loading and load to failure compared with direct anchor fixation. METHODS: Twenty-eight porcine knees were randomly assigned to 4 groups (n = 7 each): (1) native posterior meniscal root, (2) suture anchor repair, (3) refixation via a tibial ACL tunnel in combination with an interference screw fixation of the ACL graft, and (4) refixation via a tibial ACL tunnel in combination with an interference screw fixation of the ACL graft with an additional extracortical button fixation...
July 11, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Jorge Chahla, Samuel G Moulton, Christopher M LaPrade, Chase S Dean, Robert F LaPrade
Meniscal root tears are increasingly recognized as an important pathology. Failure to recognize this pathology could lead to early onset osteoarthritis of the ipsilateral knee joint compartment similar to a total meniscectomy. Therefore, surgical treatment is necessary to restore meniscal function and to normalize contact pressures, when there is joint overload and sufficient remaining articular cartilage. This article details our anatomic posterior root repair procedure using a transtibial double tunnel pullout technique...
April 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
Gilbert Moatshe, Jorge Chahla, Erik Slette, Lars Engebretsen, Robert F Laprade
- Meniscal root tears (MRTs) are defined as radial tears within 1 cm of the meniscal root insertion, or an avulsion of the insertion of the meniscus. These injuries change joint loading due to failure of the meniscus to convert axial loads into hoop stresses, resulting in joint overloading and degenerative changes in the knee. Meniscal root repair is recommended in patients without advanced osteoarthritis (Outerbridge 3-4), in order to restore joint congruence and loading and therefore to avoid the long-term effect of joint overloading...
October 2016: Acta Orthopaedica
Chad D Lavender, Shane R Hanzlik, Paul E Caldwell, Sara E Pearson
Medial meniscal tears are among the most common injuries to the knee joint. Loss of the meniscus has been linked to increased contact pressures on the adjacent articular cartilage and progression of degenerative changes in the knee. A subset of tears known as "root tears" involves the insertion of the posterior horn of the meniscus to the bone. Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for root tears led to undesirable outcomes, which prompted surgeons to explore restorative procedures. Multiple repair techniques have been presented with an emphasis placed on initial secure fixation and stimulation of potential healing...
December 2015: Arthroscopy Techniques
Young-Mo Kim, Yong-Bum Joo, Chang-Kyun Noh, Il-Young Park
PURPOSE: There are few studies on biomechanical evaluation of suture points in repair of root tears. The purpose of this study was to determine the point of greatest pullout strength for root tear repair. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 120 fresh porcine medial menisci were obtained. The red-red and red-white zones of the meniscus were divided by two lines designated as lines A and B (groups A and B). Groups A and B were further divided into three groups each by dividing lines A and B into three points: 3, 5, and 7 mm from the meniscal ligament root insertion...
June 2016: Knee Surgery & related Research
Takashi Soejima, Kousuke Tabuchi, Kouji Noguchi, Takashi Inoue, Michihiro Katouda, Hidetaka Murakami, Shuji Horibe
There is controversy about the treatment for unstable full radial posterior lateral meniscus tears, particularly that involving the posterior root. Some surgeons have advocated repairing these types of meniscus tears using various techniques, but their methods are somewhat technical. We developed the technique for an all-inside repair for full radial posterior lateral meniscus tears using the Meniscal Viper (Arthrex, Naples, FL). A doubled thread is passed through 1 edge of the radial tear by the Meniscal Viper and is kept in place without tying the knot...
February 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
Matthias J Feucht, Peter U Brucker, Carlo Camathias, Karl-Heinz Frosch, Michael T Hirschmann, Stephan Lorenz, Hermann O Mayr, Philipp Minzlaff, Wolf Petersen, Tim Saier, Dorien Schneidmüller, Amelie Stoehr, Daniel Wagner, Norbert P Südkamp, Philipp Niemeyer
PURPOSE: To prospectively evaluate the prevalence and characteristics of meniscal injuries in children and adolescents undergoing surgical treatment for tibial eminence fractures and to test for possible relationships between associated meniscal lesions and patient demographics or injury characteristics. METHODS: A prospective multicenter study was conducted to arthroscopically assess the prevalence and characteristics of meniscal injuries in children and adolescents undergoing surgical treatment for tibial eminence fractures between 04/2014 and 10/2015...
May 27, 2016: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Grant Rowland, Damon Mar, Terence McIff, Joshua Nelson
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound techniques have been utilized for detection of discrete meniscus tears and extrusion. Meniscal extrusion is associated with increased contact pressure and decreased contact area contributing to the advancement of knee osteoarthritis. The purpose of this biomechanical study was to detect meniscal extrusion using a clinically available, portable ultrasound device. And further, to show that extent of injury and a weight-bearing state correlate with amount of extrusion...
August 2016: Knee
Brandon J Erickson, Gregory Cvetanovich, Khalid Waliullah, Michael Khair, Patrick Smith, Bernard Bach, Seth Sherman
The number of primary anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears is rapidly increasing. In patients who wish to return to their preoperative level of function, specifically as it pertains to participation in sports, the gold standard of treatment following an ACL tear remains an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Despite a majority of good/excellent results following primary ACL reconstruction, there is a growing subset of patients with persistent or recurrent functional instability who require revision ACL reconstruction...
May 1, 2016: Orthopedics
David B Doherty, Walter R Lowe
Intact menisci are capable of converting the axial load of tibiofemoral contact into hoop stress that protects the knee joint. Total meniscectomy leads to rapid degeneration of the knee. Strong clinical and biomechanical data show meniscal root tears and avulsions are the functional equivalent of total meniscectomy. Lateral root tears commonly occur with knee ligament sprains and tears. Medial root tears are generally more chronic, and can be caused by preexisting knee arthritis. Meniscal root repair is indicated when there is identification of a meniscal root tear in a knee with minimal to no arthritis...
March 2016: American Journal of Orthopedics
Kyu Sung Chung, Jeong Ku Ha, Ho Jong Ra, Jin Goo Kim
PURPOSE: To identify predictors of unfavorable clinical and radiologic outcomes a minimum of 5 years after pullout fixation for medial meniscus posterior root tears (MMPRTs). METHODS: In total, 40 patients who were followed for >5 years after pullout fixation in MMPRT were recruited. The mean follow-up duration was 71.1 months. Clinical outcomes, including Lysholm score and International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) score, and radiographic results, including Kellgren-Lawrence (K-L; 0/1/2/3/4) grade and medial joint space width, were evaluated preoperatively and at final follow-up...
July 2016: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Brett T Mueller, Samuel G Moulton, Luke O'Brien, Robert F LaPrade
There is a growing body of evidence surrounding the pathology and treatment of meniscal root tears. As surgical techniques are being developed and refined, rehabilitation protocols for meniscal root repairs must be defined and tested. Little information has been published regarding specific rehabilitation parameters for meniscal root repairs through all phases of rehabilitation. The goal of this commentary is to describe a rehabilitation program for meniscal root repairs that is founded on anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical principles with criteria-based progressions...
February 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Jie-Wei Shen, Guan-Yang Song, Hui Zhang, Qian-Qian Wang, Jin Zhang, Yue Li, Hua Feng
PURPOSE: To investigate the prevalence of lateral meniscal extrusion for patients with posterior lateral meniscal root lesions (PLMRLs) and for those with concomitant midbody radial tears (MRTs) in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. METHODS: A database of consecutive patients undergoing primary ACL reconstruction between 2011 and 2013 was retrospectively reviewed to identify patients with isolated ACL injuries and those with associated PLMRLs. Patients with (1) unavailable preoperative magnetic resonance imaging scans, (2) other concomitant ligamentous injuries, (3) severe degeneration or malalignment, (4) infection or tumor, or (5) history of surgery on the injured side were excluded...
May 2016: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Chelsea A Marsh, Daniel E Martin, Christopher D Harner, Scott Tashman
BACKGROUND: Medial meniscus root tear (MMRT) is a recently recognized yet frequently missed meniscal tear pattern that biomechanically creates an environment approaching meniscal deficiency. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of MMRT on tibiofemoral kinematics and arthrokinematics during daily activities by comparing the injured knees of subjects with isolated MMRT to their uninjured contralateral knees. The hypothesis was that the injured knee will demonstrate significantly more lateral tibial translation and adduction than the uninjured knee, and that the medial compartment will exhibit significantly different arthrokinematics than the lateral compartment in the affected limb...
July 2014: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
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