This study used CT analysis to determine the rotational alignment of 39 painful and 26 painless fixed-bearing total knee replacements (TKRs) from a cohort of 740 NexGen Legacy posterior-stabilised and cruciate-retaining prostheses implanted between May 1996 and August 2003.
The mean rotation of the tibial component was 4.3 of internal rotation (25.4 internal to 13.9 external rotation) in the painful group and 2.2 of external rotation (8.5 internal to 18.2 external rotation) in the painfree group (p = 0.024). In the painful group 17 tibial components were internally rotated more than 9 compared with none in the painfree group (p < 0.001). Additionally, six femoral components in the painful group were internally rotated more than 6 compared with none in the painfree group (p = 0.017). External rotational errors were not found to be associated with pain.
Overall, 22 (56.4%) of the painful TKRs had internal rotational errors involving the femoral, the tibial or both components. It is estimated that at least 4.6% of all our TKRs have been implanted with significant internal rotational errors.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - British Volume|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2010|