Continuous Meniscal Suture in Radial Meniscal Tear: The Hourglass Technique

Arthrosc Tech. 2021 Jun 20;10(7):e1763-e1772. doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2021.03.026. eCollection 2021 Jul.


The key to preventing early knee osteoarthritis is meniscal preservation. The main functions of the meniscus are impact absorption, mechanical load transmission, lubrication, joint stability, and proprioception. Radial lesions that extend to the joint capsule are called complete radial tears. This type of injury compromises 2 of the main meniscal functions, which are impact absorption and load distribution, which is equivalent, from a biomechanical perspective, to a total meniscectomy. In the recent past, the treatment of choice for this type of injury was partial meniscectomy. However, several studies have observed progressive joint degeneration after this type of treatment. Recently, different types of meniscal sutures involving radial lesions of the meniscus have been developed. It is believed that such repairs may bring a decrease in future osteoarthritis in this patient profile. The purpose of this article is to describe the steps of continuous meniscal suture for the treatment of radial tears of the medial and lateral menisci.