MIS: A Risk Factor of Early TKA Failure-Affirms

Robert L. Barrack, R. Stephen J. Burnett, John C. Clohisy

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Minimal incision total knee arthroplasty (MIS) surgery has emerged as one of the most popular procedures requested by patients with knee arthritis. Many surgeons feel pressured to provide this procedure to patients. While there is some evidence that short term benefits may occur in the hands of experienced surgeons, there is concern that there may be an increase in complications with more widespread use of this technique. Even in the hands of experienced surgeons, there seems to be a substantial learning curve during which complication rates are higher. Longer term follow-up and more controlled studies will be necessary to determine whether the minimal incision total knee replacement represents a substantial lasting benefit for patients that outweigh the risks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-93
Number of pages3
JournalSeminars in Arthroplasty
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • MIS
  • TKA
  • early failure
  • revision


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