Improved Outcomes After Reinforced Radial Meniscus Repair Augmented With Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate

Arthrosc Sports Med Rehabil. 2023 May 20;5(3):e843-e851. doi: 10.1016/j.asmr.2023.04.014. eCollection 2023 Jun.


Purpose: To assess clinical outcomes of patients who have undergone surgical repair of radial meniscal tears with reinforced suture bar (rebar) technique augmented with bone marrow aspirate concentrate.

Methods: This is a retrospective study of a single fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon's experience on all patients who underwent a reinforced repair (rebar) of a radial meniscus tear from November 2016 to 2018, with a minimum of 12-month follow-up. Lysholm scores, IKDC (International Knee Documentation Committee) Subjective Knee Form scores, and Tegner scale were collected postoperatively at periods for at least 1 year and retrospectively studied.

Results: Patients were followed for an average of 36.3 ± 25.0 months [range: 12.0-69.0 months]. Pain scores improved from 6.1 ± 2.1 to 0.4 ± 1.4 at 1 year (P < .001). IKDC Subjective Knee Form scores improved from 63 ± 26 to 90 ± 13 (P = .021). Lysholm scores improved from 64 ± 28 to 94 ± 9 (P = .025). Based on a calculated minimal clinical important difference (MCID) of 1.5, 100% of patients had improvement above the MCID. In addition, 88% of patients had a 1-year IKDC Subjective Knee Form score above the patient acceptable symptomatic state. Preoperative Tegner activity scale improved from 3 ± 1.5 to 8 ± 2.6 (P = .007). Patients returned to their preinjury activity with little difference in the Tegner activity scale when we compared preinjury and 1-year postoperative (8.1 ± 1.3 vs 8.0 ± 2.6 respectively, P = .317).

Conclusions: The rebar repair technique for radial meniscus tears, with bone marrow aspirate concentrate augmentation, showed improved outcomes in both pain and function at minimum follow-up of 12 months. Patients were able to return to a high preinjury activity level by 1 year, and 100% of patients had improvement above the MCID and 88% met patient acceptable symptomatic state.

Level of evidence: Level IV, therapeutic case series.