Tourniquet Use Did Not Adversely Affect Recovery After Arthroscopic Meniscectomy

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Question:

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

Design:

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

Setting:

A university hospital in Larissa, Greece.

Patients:

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.

Intervention:

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


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