Meniscal Transplants in Knee Arthritis to Avoid Joint Replacement Surgery

There is an orthopedic group out of San Francisco performing meniscal transplants to avoid early knee replacements. This is a radical idea but the early studies results are promising.

Here’s the study..

Meniscus allograft survival in patients with moderate to severe unicompartmental knee arthritis: a 2- to 7-year follow-up.

Stone KR, Walgenbach AW, Turek TJ, Freyer A, Hill MD.

PURPOSE: We present meniscus allograft survival data at least 2 years from surgery for 45 patients (47 allografts) with significant arthritis to determine if the meniscus can survive in an arthritic joint. 

RESULTS: The success rate was 42 of 47 allografts (89.4%) with a mean failure time of 4.4 years. There was significant mean improvement in preoperative versus postoperative self-reported measures of pain, activity, and functioning..

CONCLUSIONS: Meniscus allografts can survive in a joint with arthritis, challenging the contraindications of age and arthrosis severity. These results compare favorably with those in previous reports of meniscus allograft survival in patients without arthrosis.

Dr. Paul’s Comments

Try natural anti-inflammatories, cartilage growing nutrients and knee exercises to avoid any kind of surgery.

If that fails, this surgery may be an option in the future.