The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 34, Issue 7, S183 - S187

To Cement or Not? Five-Year Results of a Prospective, Randomized Study Comparing Cemented vs Cementless Total Knee Arthroplasty

Kevin B. Fricka, Craig J. McAsey, Supatra Sritulanondha


The optimal mode of fixation in total knee arthroplasty is a continuing subject of debate.


Previously, we reported 2-year results for this prospective, randomized trial. Knee Society Scores, Oxford scores, and pain visual analog scales were collected pre-operatively and post-operatively. Minimum 5-year follow-up has been obtained with radiographic analysis for 85 patients.


Mean Knee Society Scores and Oxford scores and patient-reported outcomes were similar in both groups. Each group had 1 additional revision, but neither was related to implant fixation. Survivorship with revision as an endpoint was equivalent (95.9% and 95.3%, P = .98). There was no significant difference in radiolucencies observed between groups ( P = .10), all were non-progressive.


Cementless and cemented total knee arthroplasty had equivalent patient-reported outcomes and survivorship at midterm follow-up. Updates are planned at 10 and 15-year intervals to observe long-term modes of failure between these 2 methods of fixation.

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