First Rare Meniscal Allograft Transplant in the Telugu States Performed on a 26-Year-Old Somalian Patient

Patient  Abdikarim Ahmed Abdi, a 26 year old Somalian patient came to Yashoda Hospitals Somajiguda in March this year with complaints of Left knee pain and instability. He had previously undergone a medial meniscectomy in 2018 and in view of the instability he underwent an ACL reconstruction in 2019. Unfortunately even after the two surgeries, his symptoms persisted and worsened with time.

Dr. Shashi Kanth G  Sr. Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon Yashoda Hospitals Somajiguda was his primary surgeon and conducted a detailed clinical and radiological evaluation, post which he decided to proceed with Revision ACL reconstruction with Meniscal Allograft and IT band tenodesis to get the knee more stable and pain free. The Allograft needed for surgery was procured from Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation USA. Yashoda Hospitals received a Frozen Cadaver Meniscal graft which was delivered on 29th night transported in dry ice, maintaining the cold chain. Abdi underwent surgery on 30th June and the procedure consisted of Meniscal Allograft Transplantation with Revision ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction with PTB graft (Patellar Tendon-Bone) and IT band tenodesis. 

Dr. Shashi Kanth explained the rare procedure, “Meniscal allograft transplantation is a surgery in which a ‘C’ shaped cartilage present in the knee, also called as  meniscus, is severely torn or had been taken away in the previous surgery, and the patient had symptoms due to its deficiency. A detailed clinical evaluation was done of Abdi’s knee and all relevant scans were taken to make sure that the meniscus would fit Abdi’s knee. The meniscus cadaver allograft was procured from Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, USA after proper matching of the size. Surgery was performed with Arthroscopic assistance under General Anaesthesia. The remnants of the meniscus tissue and ACL were debrided. Bed prepared for the meniscus allograft and it was fixed in its normal anatomical site with multiple sutures.Revision ACL surgery and IT band tenodesis were completed as well. After the surgery, Abdi was given a knee brace to wear for the first 6 weeks and was advised to walk with the help of a walker. He will not be allowed to put weight on the leg for at least 6 weeks. We asked him to gently move the knee right after surgery to prevent stiffness. His knee flexion will be allowed to increase gradually to 90 degrees in the next 4 to 6 weeks. He will undergo a long period of rehabilitation to build up his muscle strength and improve his knee movement.”

His Surgical team included renowned doctors from Yashoda Hospitals Hyderabad, who came together to ensure a successful outcome for Abdi with this rare transplant.

  1. Dr. Shashi Kanth – Lead Consultant (Senior Consultant Orthopaedic and Arthroscopy Surgeon )
  2. Dr. G. Vedaprakash (Consultant Orthopedic & Trauma Surgeon)
  3. Dr. Praveen Mereddy (Consultant Joint Replacement & Trauma Surgeon)
  4. Dr. R. A. Purnachandra Tejaswi (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon)

Meniscal allograft transplant is a rare surgery and is done for the first time in the Telugu states. Patients take some time for rehabilitation and recovery before the full functional result can be achieved. Abdi is now stable and walking pain free and talking about his recovery, he said, “I had tried different methods to ease my knee pain but nothing helped until Dr. Shashi Kanth diagnosed my ailment and gave me the appropriate treatment. I have gained confidence and strength to walk steadily again.I am grateful to  Dr. Shashi Kanth as he is kind and caring and helped me immensely before and after the surgery. I am grateful for all that he has done for me, especially when I was having a hard time and was losing confidence to walk properly”. Abdi understands that he is in for a long journey of rehabilitation and recovery. He further added that the Meniscus allograft transplantation is a difficult surgery, the recovery can be hard, and that people having knee pain should get themselves checked and if required should proceed with a transplant, as it can boost their confidence and can bring about a transformative change in their lives.