Transferred and transplanted menisci do attach to bone, do become vascularized and do attain sufficient strength to be used as a cruciate substitute. They also appear to undergo metaplasia, looking more ligamentous as time goes on in response to the new functional demands. The medial meniscus has been used as a graft for the posterior cruciate ligament in ten cases with good results in seven, failure in two and one patient being lost to follow-up. Further investigation is necessary to answer questions regarding the long term results in animals and humans and the feasibility of complete transplantation and the use of meniscus banks.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
- Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation