Revision total knee arthroplasty for stiffness

Curtis W. Hartman, Nick T. Ting, Mario Moric, Richard A. Berger, Aaron G. Rosenberg, Craig J. Della Valle

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Few studies have evaluated the results of revision of well-fixed components for stiffness, and some authors have recommended against this intervention based on poor reported results. Thirty-five consecutive patients underwent revision of both femoral and tibial components for stiffness. At a mean of 54.5 months (range, 25-134), the mean arc of motion improved by 44.5° from a preoperative mean of 53.6° to a postoperative mean of 98.1° (P < 0001). The arc of motion improved by more than 30° in 75% (24/32) of patients evaluated at a minimum of 2 years. Seventeen (49%) of the 35 patients required a further intervention for stiffness or sustained a complication. These results suggest that revision total knee arthroplasty for stiffness can be performed with a reasonable expectation of improvement, although the risk of complications and additional operative procedures is substantial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-66
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue numberSUPPL. 6
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Revision TKA
  • Stiffness
  • TKA complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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