This article describes a case of an arthroscopic partial meniscectomy of a posteriorly flipped superior leaflet in a horizontal medial meniscus tear using the posterior transseptal portal. An arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for bucket handle or flap tears in medial or lateral compartments using ordinary portals is a relatively common procedure in irreparable cases. However, the posterior compartment of the knee is not readily accessible through ordinary arthroscopic portals. Therefore, it has been considered a blind spot. Through the posterior transseptal portal, surgeons can achieve excellent arthroscopic visualization of the posterior compartment and easily perform arthroscopic procedures of the posterior compartment of the knee. A 48-year-old woman presented with a 1-year history of pain in the medial aspect of the right knee joint. Preoperative magnetic resonance imaging revealed a thinning of the medial meniscus posterior horn in coronal images and a sharp-edged triangle arising from the medial meniscus posterior horn between the medial femoral condyle and medial meniscus posterior horn on sagittal images (flipped-over sign). During the arthroscopic procedure, we found that the flipped leaflet was displaced posteriorly and was not mobile between the medial femoral condyle and medial meniscus posterior horn. Partial meniscectomy for a posteriorly displaced fragment can be performed successfully using the posterior transseptal portal. The posterior transseptal portal is useful for an arthroscopic partial meniscectomy of a posteriorly flipped leaflet in the posterior compartment of the knee.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine