“Just thought I would let you know that I had a very successful weeks skiing in Verbier and got back last weekend. Weather fantastic and knee held up very well. Many, many thanks.”
For patients in which all of a meniscus is lost and a meniscal scaffold is not suitable it is possible to insert a meniscal allograft. An allograft is a human meniscus from a donor in much the same way that patients can have corneal or kidney transplants but without the need to prevent rejection with on-going drugs. The patient’s knee is sized by X-ray and MRI scan and a matching meniscus is ordered for implantation. There are a number of sources for this type of implant for example Hospital Innovations http://www.hospitalinnovations.com/meniscus/.
This is complex surgery but can be performed using a keyhole technique. It is a relatively new technique and tends to be reserved for younger people in whom other treatments have failed. Rehabilitation following this type of procedure is lengthy and patients require several weeks off work and months off sport.