The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 27, Issue 6, 1166 - 1170

Effect of Femoral Component Design on Patellofemoral Crepitance and Patella Clunk Syndrome After Posterior-Stabilized Total Knee Arthroplasty

Frye, Benjamin M. et al.

The purpose of this study was to determine if recent changes to the femoral component of a particular posterior-stabilized total knee prosthesis would affect the incidence of postoperative patellofemoral crepitance and patella clunk syndrome. One hundred eight total knee arthroplasties were performed with the conventional design; 136 were performed after the femoral component was changed. Complications were compared between the groups with an average follow-up of 17.7 months and 12.4 months, respectively. Thirteen knees with the conventional design (12%) were found to have patellofemoral complications; no complications were noted with the new design (P < .0001). Femoral components with a deep trochlear groove and smooth transition of the intercondylar box appear to better accommodate any peripatellar fibrous nodule that may form after total knee arthroplasty.

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