The Painful Total Knee Arthroplasty

Mitchell McDowell, Andrew Park, Tad L. Gerlinger

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There are many causes of residual pain after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Evaluation and management begins with a comprehensive history and physical examination, followed by radiographic evaluation of the replaced and adjacent joints, as well as previous films of the replaced joint. Further workup includes laboratory analysis, along with a synovial fluid aspirate to evaluate the white blood cell count with differential as well as culture. Advanced imaging modalities may be beneficial when the diagnosis remains unclear. Revision surgery is not advisable without a clear diagnosis, as it may be associated with poor results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Failed total knee
  • Painful total knee
  • Revision total knee arthroplasty
  • Total knee arthroplasty


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