Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, Israel. Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. Department of Orthopaedics, Prisma Health-Upstate, Greenville, South Carolina, USA. Sports Medicine Institute, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, USA. Kim Barrett Memorial Library, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, USA.
The American journal of sports medicine. 2021;:3635465211003613
BACKGROUND Tissue adhesives (TAs) represent a promising alternative or augmentation method to conventional tissue repair techniques. In sports medicine, TA use has been suggested and implemented in the treatment of meniscal tears. The aim of this review was to present and discuss the current evidence and base of knowledge regarding the clinical usage of TAs for meniscal repair. STUDY DESIGN
Systematic review; Level of evidence, 4. METHODS A systematic literature search was performed using the PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases for studies reporting on clinical outcomes of TA usage for meniscal repair in humans in the English language published before January 2020. RESULTS Ten studies were eligible for review and included 352 meniscal repairs: 94 (27%) were TA-based repairs and 258 (73%) were combined suture and TA repairs. Concomitant anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction was performed in 224 repairs (64%). All included studies utilized fibrin-based TA. Of the 10 studies, 9 were evidence level 4 (case series), and 8 reported on a cohort of ≤40 meniscal repairs. Rates of meniscal healing were evaluated in 9 of 10 studies, with repair failure seen in 39 repairs (11%). CONCLUSION The use of TAs, specifically fibrin-based TAs, for meniscal repair shows good results as either an augmentation or primary repair of various configurations of meniscal tears. However, this review reveals an absence of comparative high-quality evidence supporting the routine use of TAs for meniscal repair and emphasizes the lack of an ideal TA designed for that purpose. Further high-quality research, basic science and clinical, will facilitate the development of new materials and enable testing their suitability for use in meniscal repair.