Transtibial pullout repair for the medial meniscus (MM) posterior root tear has become the gold standard. However, an optimal repair technique has not yet been established for MM posterior horn (MMPH) tear with a sufficient root remnant. We describe a pullout repair technique associated with a bridging suture using FiberLink (Arthrex, Naples, FL) for the MMPH tear. In this bridging suture technique, the simple cinch stitch is applied to the root remnant and MMPH. The loop end of the FiberLink is inserted into the MMPH, and its free-end is inserted into the root remnant. Next, the suture is tensioned and tied on the superior surface of the MMPH. The bridging suture and the additional simple stitch applied to the MMPH are pulled out through the tibial tunnel and fixed to the tibia on an expected tension. This technique might lead to better meniscal healing of the tear site, because it involves bridging of the MMPH and root remnant, and lower risk of suture cut-out owing to the biomechanical strength.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine