Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: May 2013 - Volume 471 - Issue 5 - p 1492–1497 doi: 10.1007/s11999-012-2628-5 Symposium: Special Considerations for TKA in Asian Patients

Brief Followup Report: Does High-flexion Total Knee Arthroplasty Allow Deep Flexion Safely in Asian Patients?

Han, Hyuk-Soo, MD, PhD1; Kang, Seung-Baik, MD, PhD1, a

Background The long-term survivorship of TKA in Asian countries is comparable to that in Western countries. High-flexion TKA designs were introduced to improve flexion after TKA. However, several studies suggest high-flexion designs are at greater risk of femoral component loosening compared with conventional TKA designs. We previously reported a revision rate of 21% at 11 to 45 months; this report is intended as a followup to that study.


Questions/purposes Do implant survival and function decrease with time and do high-flexion activities increase the risk of premature failure?


Methods We prospectively followed 72 Nexgen LPS-flex fixed TKAs in 47 patients implanted by a single surgeon between March 2003 and September 2004. We determined the probability of survival using revision as an end point and compared survival between those who could and those who could not perform high-flexion activities. Minimum followup was 0.9 years (median, 6.5 years; range, 0.9-8.6 years).


Results Twenty-five patients (33 knees) underwent revision for aseptic loosening of the femoral component at a mean of 4 years (range, 1-8 years). The probability of revision-free survival for aseptic loosening was 67% and 52% at 5 and 8 years, respectively. Eight-year cumulative survivorship was lower in patients capable of squatting, kneeling, or sitting crosslegged (31% compared with 78%). There were no differences in the pre- and postoperative mean Hospital for Special Surgery scores and maximum knee flexion degrees whether or not high-flexion activities could be achieved.


Conclusions Overall midterm high-flexion TKA survival in our Asian cohort was lower than that of conventional and other high-flexion designs. This unusually high rate of femoral component loosening was associated with postoperative high-flexion activities.


Level of Evidence Level IV, prospective study. See the Guidelines for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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