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Meniscal Transplantation

What is a meniscus?

The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee. Each knee has two menisci (plural of meniscus), one at the outer edge of the knee and one at the inner edge. Meniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries.

The menisci serve several important functions in the knee:

What is a meniscal transplant?

A meniscal transplant is a surgical procedure in which the damaged meniscus is taken out and replaced with a donor meniscus.

When is a meniscal transplant recommended?

In most cases, the surgeon should repair a meniscal tear whenever possible. In some circumstances, however, the menisci may be impossible to repair. If that is the case, your specialist may recommend a meniscal transplant.

Meniscal transplantation is a reasonable option in young, active patients with symptomatic meniscal deficiency after a large portion of the meniscus has been removed.

How do I know if I need a meniscal transplant?

Before recommending meniscal transplantation, your doctor will carefully evaluate your specific condition:

Who is a good candidate for meniscal transplantation?

Meniscal transplant is not recommended for patients with the following conditions:

How is a meniscal transplant performed?

What can I expect after surgery?

After surgery, there are several guidelines you’ll need to follow to maximize your recovery.

This procedure can predictably relieve pain and restore knee stability. Recent studies have shown high graft survival at an average of five years after transplantation.