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Orthopedics. 2010 Dec 1;33(12):876. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20101021-13.

Total knee arthroplasty in younger patients: a 13-year follow-up study.

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  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Martini Hospital Groningen, The Netherlands.


Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is a well-established treatment at the end stage of a degenerated knee joint. This operative treatment generally relieves pain, improves physical function, and has a high level of patient satisfaction, especially in the elderly. Younger patients, however, are demanding and have a higher level of physical activity compared to elderly patients. One could therefore expect more mechanical problems such as prosthetic loosening and polyethylene wear after long-term follow-up. The goal of this retrospective cohort study was to determine the survival and long-term results of TKA in young patients. Patients who received a TKA at age 60 years or younger for any reason were included. Minimum follow-up was 10 years. Thirty-nine TKAs (Anatomic Graduate Components; Biomet, Warsaw, Indiana) in 31 patients were included. Average patient age was 52.6 years. There were 3 revisions because of infection; in 1 knee the patella was revised because of aseptic loosening. After an average 13-year follow-up, the survival rate was 89.7% and function scores showed a reasonably functioning TKA. There was no difference in survival rate and function scores between patients with rheumatoid arthritis and those with primary or secondary (posttraumatic) osteoarthritis. Our experience with TKA in a younger patient population has been encouraging. The risk of loosening and wear of the implant in our study is low, and this type of TKA also seems to be an effective and safe treatment for younger patients.

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