Soft tissue balancing in total knee arthroplasty

Meloni, Maria Chiara and Hoedemaeker, Russalka W. and Violante, Bruno and Mazzola, Claudio (2014) Soft tissue balancing in total knee arthroplasty. Joints, 2 (1). pp. 37-40. ISSN 2282-4324

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A good outcome in total knee arthroplasty depends on many factors: joint alignment, range of motion, patellar tracking and ligament stability. A correct soft tissue balance keeps the joint aligned in flexion and extension, and therefore constitutes the most important factor for durability of the implant. Indeed, incorrect soft tissue balancing is the primary cause of early implant failure necessitating revision surgery. Soft tissue releases, serving to correct imbalances, are performed until the flexion and extension gaps appear symmetrical and balanced. A knee is considered perfectly balanced when the flexion and extension gaps are perfectly rectangular and all the measurements are absolutely equal.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Balance, ligament, total knee arthroplasty, valgus, varus
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 617 Rami vari della medicina; Chirurgia > 617.5 Medicina regionale; Chirurgia regionale
Depositing User: Chiara D'Arpa
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2014 11:37
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 11:38

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