PATIENT REPORTED OUTCOMES MEASUREMENT AFTER ARTHROSCOPIC PARTIAL MENISCECTOMY FOR CHRONIC MENISCAL TEARS
Objective: To determine the patient reported outcomes in individuals undergoing arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for chronic meniscal tears.
Study Design: Cross sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: Orthopedic Surgery Department, Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi, 06 months from Jun 2018 to Nov 2018.
Methodology: A total of 41 patients of both genders between the ages of 15-50 years undergoing arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for chronic meniscal tears were included in the study. Patients with no meniscal tears on arthroscopy, patients having cruciate ligament injuries, infection of knee joint and history of previous surgery on the knee joint were excluded. Patient reported outcome measurement was done on the basis of knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcomescore (KOOS) at the time of presentation and at 03 months after surgery. The patients’ satisfaction rate was also determined. Data were analyzed by SPSS version 23.0.
Results: The mean age of patients was 28.32 ± 6.88 years with a range of 17-41 years. Out of total 41 patients, 35 patients (85.37%) were male and 6 patients (14.63%) were female. The difference in the preoperative KOOS and postoperative KOOS in patients undergoing arthroscopic partial meniscectomy after 03 months was found to be statistically significant (p<0.001). About 80.49% patients were satisfied with improvement in knee function after 3 months.
Conclusion: Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy was a highly efficient treatment modality for the management of chronic meniscal tears.