Return to duty rates following meniscal repair surgery in an active duty military population

Joseph W. Galvin, Chase A. Dukes, Jason A. Grassbaugh, Bryant G. Marchant, Edward D. Arrington

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Meniscal injury is a common knee injury in a young athletic population. Maintaining the integrity of the meniscus is critical to reducing contact pressures on the tibiofemoral articulation. The purpose of this study is to analyze the outcomes of meniscal repair in a young military population. We conducted a retrospective review of all meniscal repairs performed on active duty Army personnel at a Military Medical Center from January 2002 to December 2012. One hundred seventy-eight active duty patients, mean age 28 (19-48) years underwent 178 meniscal repairs. Postoperatively, 33 (18.5%) patients were medically separated from the military at an average time of 29 months. Fifty (28%) patients required a permanent duty restricting profile. Ninety-five (53.5%) patients required no profile after meniscal repair at an average follow-up of 5 (1.5-12.3) years. Meniscal repair in this young military population allowed 81.5% of patients to return to duty; however, 34% of those required a permanent duty restricting profile. Approximately 20% of patients required medical separation from the military after meniscal repair. Older age was significantly associated with the ability to remain on active duty ( p = 0.01).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1661-e1665
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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