for people ages 18-60 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
Sachin Allahabadi, MD



The purpose of this study is to evaluate post-operative outcomes after meniscus surgery in participants undergoing blood flow restriction training as a rehabilitative adjunct compared to those with standard rehabilitation.

Official Title

Outcomes of Blood Flow Restriction Training in Post-operative Rehabilitation After Meniscus Repair Surgery


The investigators will conduct a double-blinded, single-institution, randomized controlled trial to compare patients undergoing arthroscopic meniscus repair with post-operative rehabilitation protocol as (1) a standard-of-care rehabilitative protocol with a non-occlusive blood pressure cuff (inflated to 20-30 mm Hg) applied to the operative extremity versus (2) blood flow restriction training with cuff occlusion applied to the operative extremity. Patients will be enrolled prospectively and pre-operatively at their initial clinic visit after meniscus injury.

Rehabilitative exercises would be advanced per the physical therapists' discretion with similar exercises for patients in both groups for direct comparison. These exercises are part of an already-established post-operative protocol that is in place, with the only difference being the addition of the blood flow restriction protocol in the intervention group. All patients would undergo their supervised post-operative rehabilitation at our institution.


Meniscus Disorder Meniscus, Torn Tibial Meniscus Lesion Meniscus Tear, Tibial Atrophy, Muscular blood flow restriction rehabilitation meniscus repair Muscular Atrophy Atrophy Tibial Meniscus Injuries Blood flow restriction (Delfi Personalized Tourniquet System)


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-60

  • Participants who undergo surgery for arthroscopic meniscus repair

You CAN'T join if...

  • Participants undergoing surgery for concomitant ligamentous surgeries
  • Patients with Diabetes Mellitus, vascular disease, or infections of the involved extremity


  • University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco California 94158 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Sachin Allahabadi, MD
    Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery. Authored (or co-authored) 11 research publications.


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