The Early Arthroscopic Pullout Repair of Medial Meniscus Posterior Root Tear Is More Effective for Reducing Medial Meniscus Extrusion

Yusuke Kamatsuki, Takayuki Furumatsu, Shinichi Miyazawa, Yuya Kodama, Tomohito Hino, Yoshiki Okazaki, Shin Masuda, Yuki Okazaki, Tomoyuki Noda, Yasuaki Yamakawa, Tomoko Tetsunaga, Toshifumi Ozaki

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Clinical studies have demonstrated that transtibial pullout repair led to favorable midterm outcomes in patients with medial meniscus posterior root tears (MMPRTs) although medial meniscal extrusion (MME) continued to be present. It has been unclear whether these residual postoperative MMEs existed after the pullout repair or had progressed at the very short-term evaluation after surgery. We sought to determine which characteristics of patients with MMPRTs influence the incidence of postoperative MME. The cases of 23 patients whose date of injury was known were analyzed. All patients underwent MMPRT pullout fixation. Preoperative and 3-month postoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations were performed. MME was retrospectively assessed on the mid-coronal plane of MRI scans. The preoperative and postoperative MME values were 4.2±1.2 mm and 4.3±1.5 mm, respectively (p=0.559). Pullout repair surgery was performed significantly earlier after the MMPRT-specific injury in patients whose postoperative MME improved compared to the patients whose MME did not improve (p<0.001). Our findings demonstrated that an early transtibial pullout repair of an MMPRT was more effective in reducing MME than a late repair. Surgeons should not miss the optimal timing for the pullout repair of an MMPRT, considering the period from the injury and the preoperative MME.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-510
Number of pages8
JournalActa medica Okayama
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2019



  • magnetic resonance imaging
  • medial meniscus
  • medial meniscus extrusion
  • posterior root tear
  • pullout repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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