Meniscal allograft transplantation without bone plugs: A 3-year minimum follow-up study

Maurilio Marcacci, Stefano Zaffagnini, Giulio Maria Marcheggiani Muccioli, Alberto Grassi, Tommaso Bonanzinga, Marco Nitri, Alice Bondi, Massimo Molinari, Eugenio Rimondi

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Background: Meniscal allograft transplantation is a viable option for subtotally meniscectomized and totally meniscectomized symptomatic patients and potentially results in pain relief and increased function.Hypothesis: The use of a single tibial tunnel arthroscopic technique without bone plugs will reduce symptoms (pain) and improve knee function at a minimum 3-year follow-up.Study Design: Case series; Level of evidence, 4.Methods: Thirty-two meniscal transplantations (16 medial, 16 lateral; 23 men, 9 women) were prospectively evaluated at a minimum of 36 months (mean, 40.4 ± 6.90 months; range, 36-66 months) after surgery. The average age at the time of surgery was 35.6 ± 10.3 years (range, 15-55 years). The transplantation was performed using an arthroscopic bone plug-free technique with a single tibial tunnel plus "all-inside" meniscal sutures. The anterior meniscal horn was sutured to the capsule. Follow-up included a visual analog scale (VAS) score for knee pain and subjective and objective International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC), Lysholm, Tegner, and SF-36 scores. All patients underwent radiographic and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evaluation of the involved knee before the surgery and at the final follow-up. The MRI outcomes were evaluated with the modified Yulish score.Results: Regarding clinical evaluation, there was a significant improvement in scores at follow-up compared with preoperatively: the VAS score decreased from 70.6 ± 21.7 to 25.2 ± 22.7 (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-403
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • arthroscopy
  • knee
  • meniscal allograft transplantation
  • single tibial tunnel
  • without bone plugs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Medicine(all)


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