The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 28, Issue 4, 604 - 607

Cementless Metaphyseal Sleeves Used for Large Tibial Defects in Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty

Alexander, Gerald E. et al.

Revision arthroplasty of large tibial defects remains a challenge. Thirty revision knee arthroplasties using a porous titanium tibial sleeve for Anderson Orthopaedic Research Institute (AORI) Type 2B and Type 3 defects with minimum 2 year follow up were retrospectively reviewed. The average Knee Society Score increased from 55 pre-operatively to 92 post-operatively. Six patients had a repeat operation though none were sleeve related. All radiographs at final follow-up showed well fixed components with osseous in-growth. Seven patients had end-of-stem pain, four of which resolved. Our short-term results show that porous titanium sleeves are a promising option when managing large areas of metaphyseal bone loss by filling defects and providing stable construct with biologic fixation.

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