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.

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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.

Meniscal transplantation
Meniscus transplant
Meniscus Allograft Transplantation
Meniscal transplant
Donor meniscus
Meniscus allograft

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.



Archie's Meniscal Allograft.

Meniscal allograft success? advice?

Meniscus allograft


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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