Repair Results of Horizontal Meniscal Tears in Patients Over 40 Years of Age

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Number of pages: 42-45
Year-Number: 2022-Volume: 4 Issue: 1

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Previous studies have reported discrepant findings regarding the effect of age on meniscal repair results. This study aimed to determine the results of our patients aged ≥40 years with horizontal cleavage meniscal tears treated with all-inside meniscus sutures and to compare our results with the literature and evaluate the effect of sex on clinical outcomes. Seventy-five patients were included in this study: 52 men and 23 women. The mean age was 44.3±1.9 years. The clinical results of meniscal repair were evaluated using preoperative and postoperative Lysholm scores and physical examination. The mean preoperative and 12-month postoperative follow-up Lysholm scores of the patients were 42.11±11.40 and 69.62±8.49, respectively. The preoperative and postoperative Lysholm scores differed significantly (p<0,05). The mean preoperative Lysholm scores were 40.85±11.39 and 45.33±11.06 in the male and female groups, respectively. The mean postoperative Lysholm scores were 69.00±8.76 and 71.24±7.73 in the male and female groups, respectively. The scores of the two groups, however, did not differ significantly. Furthermore, sex had no effect on the clinical outcomes. Successful clinical results can be obtained with all-inside meniscal repair of isolated horizontal cleavage meniscal tears in patients aged ≥40 years. In the early follow-up, re-operation was not needed, and the clinical results were found to be independent of gender.

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