The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 28, Issue 10, 1856 - 1861

The Patterns of Limb Length, Height, Weight and Body Mass Index Changes after Total Knee Arthroplasty

Chang, Moon Jong et al.

The objective of this retrospective review of 466 patients was to document changes in limb length, leg length discrepancy (LLD), height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) 1 year after TKA and the patterns of height, weight, and BMI during 5 years. To determine change patterns over 5 years, the data of 291 patients were analyzed and compared with those of age and gender-matched normal subjects. Limb length, height, and weight increased, BMI remained unchanged, and LLD decreased 1 year after TKA. The bilateral group had a greater height increase and lower rate of LLD. Preoperative mechanical tibiofemoral angle was related to limb length increase, and patients with a smaller preoperative BMI showed more weight gain. During the 5 years, weight and BMI at 1 year were maintained, but height diminished, while the healthy population showed a decreasing trend in weight.

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