Knee Manipulation After Total Knee Arthroplasty


ABSTRACT: To determine if any factors are associated with knee stiffness after total knee  arthroplasty (TKA), we retrospectively reviewed the medical records and radiographs of  patients who had knee manipulation after total knee replacement at Scott & White Memorial  Hospital from 1983 to 1993. Twenty-five patients who had knee manipulation after TKA were  matched by surgeon, year of surgery, and age (± 5 years) with a study group of 25 patients who  did not have knee manipulation after TKA. Patients in the manipulated group had decreased  flexion at the time of discharge from the hospital after the knee arthroplasty and a decreased  final flexion. The age of the patient, time from surgery to manipulation, and preoperative   flexion did not correlate with final flexion attained in the manipulated group. Relative to the  control study group, the manipulated group had an increase in postoperative anteroposterior  femoral thickness. A decrease in patellar height was noted both in the manipulated group and  in the control nonmanipulated group. There was no significant difference between groups for a  hange in patellar height.

SKU: JSOA-1999-8-2-SP1 Categories: ,

Thomas J. Ellis, MD; Eric Beshires, MD; George W. Brindley, MD; Rebecca L. Adams, RN; Cheryl Preece, MS