Medial osteophyte resection width correlates with correction of the medio-lateral component gap imbalance during posterior-stabilized total knee arthroplasty


      • Osteophyte resection width correlates with medial gap change.
      • Medial osteophyte resection increases the medial gap without lateral gap increase.
      • Medial osteophyte resection decreases joint varus angles in total knee arthroplasty.



      There is a lack of robust evidence for a correlation between the medial osteophyte resection and correction of the medio-lateral gap imbalance during total knee arthroplasty. The purpose of the present study was to quantify the effect of osteophyte resection on the medio-lateral component gap imbalance during posterior-stabilized total knee arthroplasty.


      Forty-five cases of primary posterior-stabilized total knee arthroplasty using the measured resection technique with posterior-stabilized prosthesis for varus knee osteoarthritis were reviewed. Medial and lateral joint gaps at 0°, 10°, 45°, and 90° of flexion, and maximum flexion were measured intraoperatively before and after the osteophyte resection. The relationship between medial osteophyte resection width and change of joint varus angle and medial component gap were assessed using Pearson's correlation coefficient.


      Medial component gap and joint varus angle values at post medial osteophyte resection were significantly larger and lower than at pre-resection (Medial gap: pre 9.5 ± 1.8 mm, post 10.3 ± 1.8 mm, P < 0.001, Joint angle: pre 5.2 ± 2.9°, post 4.2 ± 2.9°, P < 0.001). There was no significant difference between pre and post medial osteophyte resection in lateral component gaps. Per each 1 mm of medial osteophyte resection width, increases of 0.13 mm medial component gap and 0.2° valgus were observed (Medial gap: r = 0.38, P < 0.001, Joint angle: r = 0.38, P < 0.001).


      Medial osteophyte resection increases the medial component gap without lateral component gap increase, while decreasing the joint varus angle in primary posterior-stabilized total knee arthroplasty for varus knee osteoarthritis. Osteophyte resection width was found to correlate with correction of the medio-lateral component gap imbalance.


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