Is Sport Activity Possible After Arthroscopic Meniscal Allograft Transplantation?
Purpose: To report the rate of return to sport after meniscal allograft transplantation in a population of physically active adults.
- 89 patients ranging from 27 to 49 years in age underwent MAT and were followed-up for a mean of 4.2 + 1.9 years
- Twenty-five (28%) of patients were participating in sporting activities at a competitive level and the remaining 72% were at a recreational level prior to their injury
- Post-operatively, sixty-six patients (74%) were able to return to sport but only forty-four (49%) returned to their pre-injury levels
- Only 1/3 of patients that did not return to sport cited knee pain as the reason, the majority said it was for personal reasons
- Outcomes in this population did not substantially differ from outcomes reported in less physically active populations
Take Away: Although MAT is generally considered a salvage procedure, return to sport was achieved in most of the patients.
Authors: Stefano Zaffagnini, Alberto Grassi, Giulio Maria Marcheggiani Muccioli, Andrea Benzi, Tommaso Roberti di Sarsina, Cecilia Signorelli, Federico Raggi and Maurilio Marcacci
Published: The American Journal of Sports Medicine
Level of Evidence: IV
Institution: Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy