The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 32, Issue 4, 1132 - 1136

Improved Survival of Computer-Assisted Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty: 252 Cases With a Minimum Follow-Up of 5 Years

Chowdhry, Majid et al.
Knee

Background

Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) is an underutilized implant for medial tibiofemoral arthritis despite proven benefits in performance and reduced complications. This is likely related to registry recorded higher revision rates compared with total knee arthroplasty. It is our feeling that better component alignment resulting from the usage of computer-assisted surgery should improve longer-term functional results and survival of UKAs.

Methods

Between August 2003 and June 2007, 265 medial UKAs were performed in 264 consecutive patients using navigation.

Results

Eighty-eight women and 176 men with an average age of 51.7 (±4.63) years were assessed for function and survival over a follow-up period of 92.6 (63-120) months (7.7 years). The final survival rate over 5 years for this cohort was 97.6% at 5 years.

Conclusion

We conclude that computer-assisted UKA, to treat medial tibiofemoral joint arthritis, produces 5-year survival rates that are comparable with total knee arthroplasty.


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