Meniscus Allograft Transplant - Surgical Technique


While many meniscus tears can be addressed with simple meniscectomy or repair, relatively young patients with irreparable menisci or previous total meniscectomies may benefit from alternative treatment such as meniscal allograft transplant. Various open and arthroscopic techniques have been described for this procedure such as soft tissue, bone plug, and bone trough techniques. While this can be a technically demanding procedure, many studies report high patient satisfaction and pain reduction1,2,3


1Verdonk PC, Verstraete KL, Almqvist KF, De Cuyper K, Veys EM, Verbruggen G, Verdonk R. Meniscal allograft transplantation: long-term clinical results with radiological and magnetic resonance imaging correlations. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2006;14:694–706.


2Graf KW, Jr, Sekiya JK, Wojtys EM Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Long-term results after combined medial meniscal allograft transplantation and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: minimum 8.5-year follow-up study. Arthroscopy. 2004;20:129–140.


3Hergan D, Thut D, Sherman O, Day MS. Meniscal allograft transplantation. Arthroscopy. 2011;27:101–112.