A posterior anchoring method decreases pullout suture translation of the medial meniscus posterior root repair during knee flexion

Yuki Okazaki, Takayuki Furumatsu, Takaaki Hiranaka, Keisuke Kintaka, Naohiro Higashihara, Masanori Tamura, Toshifumi Ozaki

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Abstract

Background: The medial meniscus (MM) translates posteriorly and extrudes severely from the medial tibial plateau (MTP) during knee flexion in the MM posterior root tear (PRT) knee. Transtibial pullout repair of the MMPRT has been performed to regulate MM extrusion. This study aimed to evaluate pullout suture translation during knee flexion before and after posterior anchoring during pullout repair. We hypothesized that suture translation after posterior anchoring would be significantly decreased relative to that before posterior anchoring. Methods: Thirty-five patients who underwent MM posterior root repair were prospectively investigated. Pullout repair was performed using two cinch sutures (outer and inner sutures) and posterior anchoring through the MM posterior horn and an additional bone tunnel on the MTP. The translation of the outer suture from 0° to 90° of knee flexion was measured and compared before and after posterior anchoring intraoperatively. The MM morphologic features were measured using preoperative magnetic resonance imaging, and the correlation between these values and outer suture translation was evaluated. Results: The average outer suture translation after posterior anchoring (1.6 ± 1.5 mm) was significantly decreased relative to that before posterior anchoring (2.5 ± 1.7 mm, P < 0.01). No significant correlations were observed between the MM morphological features and outer suture translation. Conclusions: The posterior anchoring method with an MM posterior root repair is useful in decreasing posterior translation of the pullout suture during knee flexion, which might have an advantage in preventing suture pullout from the repaired MM, leading to good clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalKnee
Volume35
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Intraoperative measurement
  • Medial meniscus
  • Posterior anchoring
  • Posterior root tear
  • Suture translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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