The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 32, Issue 8, 2598 - 2603.e1

Total Knee Arthroplasty for Osteoarthritis in Patients Less Than Fifty-Five Years of Age: A Systematic Review

Aujla, Randeep S. et al.


The proportion of younger patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is increasing and predictions state that the <55 age group will be the fastest growing group by 2030. We aim to collate data across studies to assess functional outcomes following TKA in patients <55 years of age using a systematic review.


The search identified 980 studies for title and abstract review. Forty-three full texts were then assessed. Thirteen studies underwent quality assessment and data extraction. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses guidelines were followed throughout. Outcomes extracted included pre-operative and post-operative functional scores, range of motion, and patient satisfaction. Clinical complications and survival were also recorded.


Across 13 studies we were able to demonstrate 54-point improvement in clinical Knee Society Score and a 46-point improvement on functional Knee Society Score. A 2.9° improvement in range of motion was found at final follow-up. Satisfaction rate was 85.5%. Cumulative percentage all-cause revision rate was 5.4% across 1283 TKAs at a mean 10.8 years of follow-up. Ten-year survival, for aseptic loosening alone, was 98.2%.


TKA is an excellent treatment option for the young osteoarthritic knee with a >50% improvement in functional knee scores. Satisfaction is high and the revision rate remains 0.5% per year.

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