The use of a modular rotating hinge component in salvage revision total knee arthroplasty

Robert L. Barrack, Thomas R. Lyons, Robert Q. Ingraham, Jeremy C. Johnson

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Revision total knee arthroplasty (TKA) using a second-generation modular rotating hinge design was performed on 16 knees in 15 patients over a 5-year period. Follow-up of 2 to 6 years (mean, 51 months) was obtained in 14 knees in 13 patients. Indications for revision were aseptic loosening of a hinged prosthesis (8 knees), loosening and bone loss associated with chronic extensor mechanism disruption (2 knees), component instability with chronic medial collateral ligament disruption (3 knees), and comminuted distal femur fracture (1 knee). Clinical and radiographic results were reviewed and compared with 87 patients who underwent revision TKA using a standard condylar revision design during the same period. Early results showed comparable postoperative knee scores and range of motion between the 2 groups despite the use of the rotating hinge component in more complex revision cases. No patient has exhibited radiographic evidence of definite component loosening. Alignment of 5°to 10°of valgus in the frontal plane and within 2° of neutral in the sagittal plane was achieved consistently. Short-term clinical and radiographic results are encouraging and suggest that a second-generation modular rotating hinge component can be used successfully in selected salvage revision cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)858-866
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Revision
  • Rotating hinge
  • Salvage
  • TKA


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