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11.10.2020 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 1/2021

International Orthopaedics 1/2021

Small soft tissue tension changes do not affect patient-reported outcomes one year after primary TKA

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International Orthopaedics > Ausgabe 1/2021
Autoren:
Ethan Krell, Amethia Joseph, Joseph Nguyen, Alejandro Gonzalez Della Valle
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Level of Evidence: Level III (Retrospective comparative study).

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Abstract

Background

Adequate soft tissue tension and balance is paramount to achieve favourable outcomes of total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Implant manufacturers offer 1-mm liner increments to fine-tune ligament tension and balance. In this study, we assessed if soft tissue tension changes introduced by minimal changes in liner thicknesses affect early patient reported outcomes.

Methods

Eighty-nine patients undergoing 99 primary, elective TKAs by a single surgeon were included. After achieving adequate ligament balance, the first 50 knees received an insert that would allow 2–3 mm of medial and lateral opening (control group), whereas the last 49 received an insert which was 1 mm thicker, resulting in a slight increase in ligament tension (study group). Sensor technology was used to record compartmental loads. Knee Society Score (KSS), KOOS Jr., and ROM were recorded pre-operatively, six weeks, four and 12 months post-operatively. The Forgotten Joint Score (FJS) was administered four and 12 months post-operatively.

Results

No differences were observed in demographic variables, pre-operative outcome scores, and ROM measures between groups. Six weeks post-operatively, there was no statistically significant difference in the outcome variables. Four months post-operatively, statistically significant differences were only observed in KOOS Jr. (79 and 73.6; p = 0.05), and FJS (59.9 and 45.5; p < 0.01); all of which favoured the control group. There was no difference in the outcome variables at 12 months.

Conclusion

Minor changes in soft tissue tension induced by 1-mm changes in liner thickness resulted in clinically meaningful differences favouring the control group four months post-operatively, but in no clinically noticeable differences 12 months post-operatively. It is possible that lower soft tissue tension may lead to transient improvement in patient-reported early outcomes.

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