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Alternative Techniques for Lateral and Medial Posterior Root Meniscus Repair Without Special Instruments

Abstract: Improved understanding and treatment of posterior medial and lateral meniscus root tears have attracted
increasing interest. These lesions significantly compromise meniscal function, which can result in an outcome resembling total meniscectomy, and are also a potential cause of knee instability. Despite facilitating repair procedures and reducing the operative time for these lesions, all-inside meniscal repair devices are not available in all circumstances or registered for use in all countries worldwide. Furthermore, all-inside arthroscopic devices can be expensive. Therefore, low-cost alternatives for the treatment of these lesions must be identified. We present 2 efficient and safe techniques: an outside-in technique for repairing medial meniscus root tears and a technique using a simple needle inserted through the transtibial tunnel for lateral meniscal root repairs, neither of which requires the use of specific instruments, thus enabling appropriate treatment of posterior medial and lateral meniscus root tears


Camilo Partezani Helito, M.D., Ph.D., Lucas da Ponte Melo,M.D. Tales Mollica Guimarães, M.D., Marcel Faraco Sobrado, M.D.Paulo Victor Partezani Helito, M.D., José Ricardo Pécora, M.D., Ph.D., and Riccardo Gomes Gobbi, M.D., Ph.D.
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