In this retrospective review from Arthroscopy, Brian Cole’s group studied 13 patients undergoing meniscal transplant, with a minimum 2 year follow-up. Mean age was 19.8 years, mean follow-up 3.3 years.
The 13 athletes were a combination of high school, professional, and college athletes who underwent meniscal transplant. Cole’s group followed them longitudinally and collected patient reported outcomes (PROs) to objectively assess their improvement. 77% of the patients returned to their desired activity level, and 70% of those retired to their desired level of play. Patient reported outcomes improved from the preoperative to the postoperative state. 23% of the patients required a revision operation (revision meniscus transplant, menisectomy, or meniscus repair).
The study was limited by a small sample size, relatively short follow-up time, retrospective nature with no control group, Level IV evidence, and lack of second look arthroscopy or routine postoperative advanced imaging.