8 Pearls for Surgical Repair of a Torn Meniscus
Why repair a torn meniscus? Because it’s an important structure for load dispersion, shock absorption, and load transmission through the knee. When non-operative management fails to relieve symptoms, surgery is performed to help reduce pain and improve function. Below are Dr. Godin’s 8 pearls for meniscus repair.
Bone marrow-derived fibrin clot is better source for meniscal repair
With age, the meniscus receives less and less blood—with the inner most area becoming avascular. Tears in this area do not heal normally, often requiring surgery. Surgeons can draw fibrin, a protein involved in blood clotting, from peripheral blood (PB) or bone marrow aspirate (BMA), and implant a fibrin blood clot into the injured area to help with healing.
Only higher-dose tramadol outperforms placebo for improved pain, function in knee, hip OA
A daily 300 mg dose of tramadol — but not 100 or 200 mg doses — surpassed placebo in improving pain and function related to hip or knee osteoarthritis, but was linked to increasing adverse events, researchers noted in Arthritis Care & Research.
How Surgeons Can Improve Outcomes of Revision ACL Reconstruction
Outcomes of revision anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction are known to be inferior to those of primary procedures, but little has been known about why this occurs – until now. New research from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, suggests that 2 important clinical decisions can significantly improve a patient’s chances of a experiencing a good outcome after revision surgery.
5 knee braces to consider
Knee braces can provide support to the knee joint. People may find these products beneficial following surgery or injury.