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Ozturk A.,Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Research and Training Hospital | Akaln Y.,Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Research and Training Hospital | Cevik N.,Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Research and Training Hospital | Otuzbir A.,Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Research and Training Hospital | And 2 more authors.
Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

Introduction: Posterior cruciate retention (CR) and substitution (PS) has been controversial in knee replacement surgery. Satisfactory medium and long-term results have been reported in knees with and without deformity but there are limited studies about early functional comparison in terms of recovery of flexion arc, stair activity, walking ability and straight leg raising, especially, in early postoperative period in knees with deformity. Therefore, we aimed to compare the flexion arc in CR and PS knees in postoperative first year including early postoperative days prospectively. Methods: Consecutive patients with a deformity of >10° were included and allocated to CR and PS groups randomly. KSS and Feller-patella scores were recorded both preoperatively and postoperatively (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 12th months). Flexion and extension were measured both preoperatively and postoperatively (1st, 2nd, 3rd day and discharge day as well as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 12th months). Visual analog scale (VAS) was recorded postoperatively at the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and discharge day and at 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 12th months. The walking ability, stair activity and straight leg raising were recorded. Patients were also examined at the last visit with minimum 7-year follow-up with KSS, Feller-patella and VAS scores. Their mean flexion arcs were measured and recorded. Results: There were 61 TKR evaluated. KSS knee and function scores at the 3rd month and KSS Knee Score at 1st year were superior in PS knees (p = 0.029, p = 0.046, p = 0.026). Flexion arc was found larger on day 1, 2, 3 and discharge day, and at 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 12th month in PS group (p = 0.048, p = 0.002, p = 0.027, p = 0.043, p = 0.014, p = 0.003, p = 0.002, p = 0.018). Walking and stair activity showed no difference but straight leg raising was better in CR knees (p = 0.02). Mean flexion arc was larger in PS knees at the last visit after 7 years (119.0° ± 7.5° in PS and 113.8° ± 8.7° in CR, p = 0.02). There was no revision required in that time interval. The other parameters were similar between groups. Conclusions: PS knees gained active flexion arc faster and larger. But straight leg raising activity recovered early in CR knees. Both types of prosthesis produced satisfactory outcome. PS and CR TKRs can be performed with the same performance in osteoarthritic knees even with high varus deformity. Level of evidence: Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial, Level II. © 2016, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source

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