ICJR Interviews: Repair Technique for Lateral Meniscus Tears

    Is there a difference in outcomes with partial lateral meniscectomy versus lateral meniscal repair for symptomatic lateral meniscal tears?

    To answer that question, Alexis C. Colvin, MD, and her colleagues at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York compared results of the 2 procedures in 34 patients age 15 to 32 who had been operated on for isolated lateral meniscal tears. Patients were followed an average of 5.11 years.

    Dr. Colvin and her colleagues found greater improvement in patient-reported outcomes in the lateral meniscal repair group, as well as a trend toward less arthritic changes on radiographs.

    She recommends preserving tissue with the lateral meniscal repair procedure whenever possible, especially in younger patients.

    Click the image above to hear Dr. Colvin’s comments on the study, “Isolated Lateral Meniscectomy Versus Repair – Is There a Difference?” (Paper 367), which was presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Orlando.

    Producer: Susan Doan Johnson; Director: Michael Bugera; Post Production: Charles J. Maynard