Improving outcomes after primary TKA

By Mary Ann Porucznik

Current options include implant design, materials, surgical technique

Primary total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is quite successful in relieving pain and improving mobility; the National Institutes of Health says that about 85 percent of patients report being satisfied with the results. But members of the Knee Society and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, meeting in joint session during the 2010 Specialty Day, believe that improvements in surgical technique, as well as advances in implant design and materials, may be able to improve outcomes even more.

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