Knee surgery in younger patients can be beneficial

6 August 2015

It has been discovered that patients under the age of 50 who require a knee transplant to replace a damaged meniscus can benefit from the procedure, although many require a second operation within ten years.

Researchers from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons followed the progress of 38 patients who had meniscal transplants. Of these, 63 per cent were still working well after ten years. If they needed another operation, this took place on average seven or eight years after the initial transplant.

Only 11 per cent reported pain when carrying out their daily routine. In addition to this, 72 per cent said they were able to take part in low-impact exercise, including swimming and cycling.
Lead author Frank Noyes said: "This data provides surgeons with reasonable percentages that encourage delaying additional major knee surgeries related to a damaged meniscus.

"However, the longer-term function of meniscus transplants remains questionable because the survivorship rate of the transplants decreases to between 40 and 15 per cent at 15 years.”

Posted by Philip Briggs

 

 

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