Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, ISSN - 0973 - 709X

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Table of Contents - Year : 2016 | Month : April | Volume : 10 | Issue : 4 | Page : RC01 - RC04

Study of the Clinical Outcome between Traumatic and Degenerative (non-traumatic) Meniscal Tears after Arthroscopic Surgery: A 4-Years Follow-up Study RC01-RC04

Nietiayurk Aminake Ghislain, Ji-Nan Wei, Yong -Gang Li

Dr. Yong-Gang Li,
Chief Physician, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University,
87 Ding Jia Qiao, Nanjing, Jiangsu-210009, P. R. China.
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Introduction: The meniscus is a biconcave fibrocartilage in the knee joint interpose between the femoral condyles and tibial plateau; the meniscus has functions in load bearing, load transmission, shock absorption joint stability, joint lubrication, and joint congruity.

Aim: The aim of this study is to provide orthopeadic surgeon a base of reference in the choice of the optimal course of management for meniscal tears.

Materials and Methods: One hundred and seventeen patients met the criteria of inclusion for the present study. Patients were divided in two groups T and NT according to the presence of distinct previous traumatic events to the knees. Two subgroups were formed in each groups T and NT respectively at a mean follow up of 1 and 4 years. Postoperative clinical outcome were assessed using Lysholm scores and Rand SF-36 survey.

Results: One hundred and seventeen patients were included in the present study with 60(51.28%) patients in the traumatic group and 57(48.71%) in the degenerative group. 95(81.19%) patients in total were satisfied with their health status at end of follow up. The mean value of Lysholm scores at 1 year were respectively 85.258.78 for traumatic group and 86.3812.14 for non-traumatic group and at 4 years were respectively 92.637.31 for traumatic group and 72.9020.77 for non-traumatic group. According to Rand SF-36 health, traumatic group showed better improvements compare to non-traumatic group between 1 and 4 years after arthroscopic meniscus surgery.

Conclusion: A total of 95(81.19%) patients in total were satisfied with their health status at follow up, however, we found that arthroscopy as a treatment for meniscal tear have a relatively better mid-term clinical outcome for traumatic meniscal tears compare to non-traumatic/degenerative meniscal tears.