Klinische Langzeitergebnisse nach Meniskusnaht

Translated title of the contribution: Clinical long-term results after meniscus suture

P. Wilmes*, D. Pape, O. Lorbach, R. Seil

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The importance of meniscus repair has remarkably increased over the last decades due to developments in arthroscopic surgery. In addition to classical suture techniques, such as inside-out and outside-in, various intra-articular implants for the meniscus suture are also available. It appears that the biomechanical function of a repaired meniscus is similar to that of intact tissue. The reviewed studies with long-term follow-up data show that sagittal joint stability is a key factor for the success of meniscus repair and thus restoration of normal knee function as well as prevention of degenerative articular changes. The initially better results after meniscus refixation with intra-articular implants decreased during follow-up, with rerupture rates comparable to those of conventional suture techniques. About 25% of patients needed revision surgery for failure of the repair procedure. Only 25% of patients presented radiological signs of second degree degeneration according to Fairbank after up to 13 years follow-up. The studies comparing degenerative changes after meniscus repair with those after meniscectomy indicated that there were less osteoarthritic changes after meniscus repair. The majority of the patients was subjectively satisfied with the results and was assessed as having a normal joint function. With many indicators supporting the importance and benefits of meniscus repair, level I investigations are needed to evaluate its advantages in a scientific way.

Translated title of the contributionClinical long-term results after meniscus suture
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)245-252
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Intra-articular implants
  • Knee joint
  • Long-term follow-up
  • Meniscus
  • Meniscus repair
  • Meniscus suture


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