Towards a standard in assessment of bone cutting for total knee replacement

O. A. Barrera, H. Haider, K. L. Garvin

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Arthroplasty outcome is influenced by the 'quality' of bone preparation for implant insertion. Surgeons face increasing choices of technique and instrumentation, yet clinical scoring methods assess the overall outcome and patient satisfaction but not the bone cuts directly. 'Quality management' of bone reshaping is needed to evaluate different bone cutting methods and computer assisted orthopaedic surgery (CAOS) systems. Analyses and experiments in this study were formulated for measurement and computation of four quantitative characteristics of bone preparation 'quality' and produced a highly condensed index for each. These represented (a) surface finish of cuts, (b) implant fit/looseness possible with the cut shape, (c) implant location/misalignment, and (d) accuracy of individual planar cuts. Assessment of synthetic bone cuts verified the robustness of the method for wide application in arthroplasty intraoperatively, in vitro and for comparing navigation systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-74
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008


  • Arthroplasty
  • Assessment method
  • Bone cutting
  • CAOS
  • Quality of cuts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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