No difference in clinical outcome seen with different root fixation methods for meniscal allograft transplantation
The American Journal of Sports Medicine
How Should We Secure Our Transplanted Meniscus? A Meta-analysis
Julio J. Jauregui, MD, Zhan Dong Wu, BS, Sean Meredith, MD, Cullen Griffith, MD, Jonathan D. Packer, MD, R. Frank Henn, MD
The American Journal of Sports Medicine, August 2017
In this paper, the team from the Department of Orthopaedics at The University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, report a meta-analysis of the published outcomes of meniscal allograft transplantation, examining whether the technique used for meniscal root attachment influences clinical outcome. Perhaps interestingly, no actual correlation was found between fixation technique and clinical results. This goes against what has been suggested by some of the in vitro lab-based cadaveric biomechanical studies that have been published, and it may simply be the case that the number of cases in each study and the number of confounding variables might have masked any potential true underlying difference. As usual – the standard advice is … further research is required!