Meniscus Allograft Transplant
Doctor: Scott A. Meyer, MD
Basketball was my favorite sport,
but playing it resulted in my first knee
injury. I tore my ACL and damaged my
I was able to repair Grant’s
ACL and medial meniscus. I encouraged
Grant to focus on his rehab program and
because he did, he was able to go back to
playing his favorite sport.
I had run two marathons prior to
my first knee injury and two marathons
after and decided to try to complete one in
every U.S. state. Then I hurt my knee playing
basketball again. I’d torn my meniscus and
this time it wasn’t repairable.
Arthroscopy showed that most
of the formerly repaired meniscus would
need to be removed. Because Grant didn’t
have arthritis, I thought a meniscus allograft
transplant and high tibial osteotomy
procedure to realign the knee joint would
be the best course of treatment for him.
During a follow-up visit months
later, I accepted it when Dr. Meyer told me
I could no longer play basketball, but I did
not accept his recommendation to try cycling
instead of running to stay active. I told him
that, despite his advice, I would continue
running marathons. In 2016, I accomplished
my goal of completing a marathon in all
It’s important to contribute to
support research because research does
improve what orthopaedic surgeons can
offer patients for treating injuries such as
Grant had. Without research, a meniscus
allograft wouldn’t have been an option and
Grant wouldn’t have been able to get back
to his active life.
Thanks to what was a relatively
new procedure when Dr. Meyer performed
it, my knee feels like it did 15 years ago.
He saved my active life.