Even though partial arthroscopic meniscectomy is one of the safest and most effective orthopedic procedures, the possibility of suturing some meniscal tears is particularly important especially in the case of young and active patients. One of the most important aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of meniscal tears is the distinction between stable and unstable meniscal tissue. The decision to suture a meniscal tear essentially depends on the location of the lesion, the association of an anterior cruciate ligament lesion, the tear age, and patient age. The technically simplest and most successful sutures regard longitudinal tears in the peripheral zone of the meniscus (red-red zone). The majority of authors recommend this approach especially when in conjunction with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. There are different techniques to suture a meniscal tears: all-inside, outside-in, inside-out. In this paper all the possibilities for meniscal sutures are considered to evaluate indications, advantages, and disadvantages of every single technique.
- suture technique
- tear classification
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine