A meniscal allograft is a transplant of a meniscus from one person to another.

meniscal allograft with bone plugs

Meniscal allograft using bone plugs to secure the graft.

meniscus allograft block

 

Meniscal allograft using a tongue-and-groove method of securing the graft with a bone bar.

 

Where does a meniscal allograft come from?

Usually the meniscus is taken ('harvested') from a cadaver donor, processed in a tissue bank to make it safe and inserted into living recipient, where it replaces their own meniscus. Nowadays it is often harvested still attached to a piece of donor bone, which is slid into a recess made into the recipient's bone so that only the outer edges need to be sewn into place.

Synonyms: 
Meniscal transplantation
Meniscus transplant
MAT
Meniscus Allograft Transplantation
Meniscal transplant
Donor meniscus
Meniscus allograft
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Issues of Meniscal Transplant

Discussing the differences between the two menisci and how this affects the transplant decision.

Ian McDermott FRCS explains the current options for managing a meniscus tear.

Meniscus replacement

Replacing damaged meniscus tissue with a graft or a scaffold.

Who's Who in meniscal transplantation?

A list compiled by the Editor for the benefit of readers of knee surgeons with a special interest in meniscal transplantation.

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FORUM DISCUSSIONS

Archie's Meniscal Allograft.

Meniscal allograft success? advice?

Meniscus allograft


CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

Arthroscopic Meniscal Allograft Transplantation With Soft-Tissue Fixation Through Bone Tunnels. Spalding T, Parkinson B, Smith NA, Verdonk P. Arthrosc Tech. 2015 Oct; 4(5): e559–e563.

Meniscal allograft transplants and new scaffolding techniques. Pereira H, Cengiz IF, Gomes S, Espregueira-Mendes J, Ripoll PL, Monllau JC, Reis RL and Oliveira JM. EFORT Open Rev. 2019 Jun; 4(6): 279–295.

Meniscal Allograft Transplantation: Still Effective With Poor Cartilage, But Much Better With Good Cartilage-Better Done Earlier. Kim JM, Lee BS, Bin SI. Arthroscopy. 2018 Jun;34(6):1877-1878.


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