Background: Medial meniscus (MM) posterior root repairs lead to favorable clinical outcomes in patients with MM posterior root tears (MMPRTs). However, there are few comparative studies in evaluating the superiority among several pullout repair techniques such as modified Mason–Allen suture, simple stitch, and concomitant posteromedial pullout repair. We hypothesized that an additional pullout suture at the MM posteromedial part would have clinical advantages in transtibial pullout repairs of the MMPRTs. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical usefulness among several types of pullout repair techniques in patients with MMPRTs. Methods: Eighty-three patients who underwent arthroscopic pullout repairs of the MMPRTs were investigated. Patients were divided into three groups using different pullout repair techniques: a modified Mason–Allen suture using FasT-Fix all-inside meniscal repair device (F-MMA, n = 28), two simple stitches (TSS, n = 30), and TSS concomitant with posteromedial pullout repair using all-inside meniscal repair device (TSS-PM, n = 25). Postoperative clinical outcomes and semi-quantitative arthroscopic meniscal healing scores (0–10 points) were evaluated at second-look arthroscopies. Results: No significant differences among the three groups were observed in patient demographics and preoperative clinical scores, except for preoperative Lysholm scores. At second-look arthroscopies, there were no significant differences among the three techniques in postoperative clinical outcomes and meniscal healing scores. Conclusions: This study demonstrated that the TSS-PM pullout repair technique did not show better scores in postoperative clinical outcomes and meniscal healings compared with the F-MMA and TSS techniques. Our results suggest that the concomitant posteromedial pullout suture may have no clinical advantage in the conventional pullout repairs for the patients with MMPRTs.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine