Tourniquet Use Did Not Adversely Affect Recovery After Arthroscopic Meniscectomy



In patients undergoing arthroscopic meniscectomy, does tourniquet use affect rehabilitation, return to activities, and muscle damage?


Randomized (allocation concealed), blinded (outcome assessor), controlled trial with 60-day follow-up.


A university hospital in Larissa, Greece.


Exclusion criteria were age outside the range of 16 to 40 years, chronic meniscal tears, reparable tears, concomitant ligamentous deficiency, chondral defects requiring a cartilage restoration procedure, or lower limb vascular or neuromusculoskeletal pathology. Of 84 randomized patients, 80 (95%) (mean age, 33 years; 63% men) completed follow-up.


Patients were allocated to undergo arthroscopic meniscectomy with the use of an inflated (n = 40) or deflated (n = 40) pneumatic …

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