Short-term effects of partial meniscectomy on the clinical results of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
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This study aims to analyse the short-term effects of partial meniscectomy on the clinical results of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery.
Clinical outcomes of 19 patients who had partial medial meniscectomy and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction during the same surgery (Group 1) were compared with the outcomes of 25 patients who had also reconstruction but did not have any meniscal lesion (Group 2). Median follow-up time was 29 months (range 12–67 months) in Group 1 and 27 months (range 12–70 months) in Group 2. Feeling of apprehension in sports activities, International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) score, KT-2000 Arthrometer® measurements and post-operative time to return to sports activity were the criteria for data analysis.
Eight patients (42 %) in Group 1 and 5 patients (20 %) in Group 2 stated feeling of apprehension in sports activities. IKDC score improved to A in 11 patients (58 %) from Group 1, and 18 patients (72 %) from Group 2. Mean anterior translation according to KT-2000 arthrometer measurements was 5.2 ± 1.3 mm in Group 1, and 4.6 ± 1.3 mm in Group 2. Post-operative time to return to sports activity was 8.5 ± 3.0 months in Group 1, and 6.5 ± 2.2 months in Group 2.
Partial meniscectomy for irreparable medial meniscal tears, applied during the same surgery with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, negatively affects the clinical outcomes in the short-term follow-up. This study may be a reference for long-term clinical trials and also future investigations of new methods in the treatment of similar cases.
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KeywordsMeniscectomy Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction Arthroscopy
There was not any external source of funding for this study.
Conflict of interest
The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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