Acta Scientific Orthopaedics (ISSN: 2581-8635)

Case Report Volume 5 Issue 1

Broken Tip of Meniscal Repair Instrument, Removed from the Back of the Knee 15 Months Postoperatively

Ioannis C Vossinakis1* and Christos I Vosinakis2

1Head of Orthopaedic Department, “ANASSA” Private Hospital, Volos, Greece
2Clinical Fellow, A&E Department, Harrogate District Hospital, Harrogate, UK

*Corresponding Author: Ioannis C Vossinakis, Head of Orthopaedic Department, “ANASSA” Private Hospital, Volos, Greece.

Received: November 00, 2021; Published: December 29, 2021


Arthroscopic knee surgery is considered to be safe. A recent large study reported a 1.1% risk of complications, although earlier reports had significantly higher numbers, up to 8%. Complications are more common with ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair and meniscectomy. One of the most common complications is the breakage of arthroscopic instruments into the joint. Most of them are identified and dealt with intraoperatively, sometimes with the aid of fluoroscopy. In some occasions, however, the breakage is not noticed during surgery and the broken instrument part is seen in postoperative radiographs. Some authors recommend immediate removal of foreign bodies, especially sharp ones, while others tend to leave those in place if they are asymptomatic. We present a broken tip of an all-inside meniscal repair instrument that remained undetected during surgery, and was eventually removed 15 months postoperatively, when it became symptomatic. To our knowledge, such a case has not been previously reported in the literature.

Keywords: Knee Arthroscopy; Meniscal Repair; Instrument Breakage


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Citation: Ioannis C Vossinakis and Christos I Vosinakis. “Broken Tip of Meniscal Repair Instrument, Removed from the Back of the Knee 15 Months Postoperatively". Acta Scientific Orthopaedics 5.1 (2022): 40-42.


Copyright: © 2022 Ioannis C Vossinakis and Christos I Vosinakis. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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