Midterm Results of All-Polyethylene Tibial Components in Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty

David F. Dalury, Donald L. Pomeroy, Ricardo A. Gonzales, Thomas A. Gruen, Mary Jo Adams, Janene A. Empson

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Our goal was to determine the 7-year survivorship of a total knee arthroplasty system with all-polyethylene tibial components. From June 1996 to December 1997, 129 consecutive patients (177 knees) (≥70 years old) underwent such primary arthroplasty at 2 centers in the United States. The 88 patients (120 knees) with 7 years or more of follow-up were evaluated radiographically and functionally. Average results included: Knee Society Score, 93.7 points (SD, 8.1); Knee Society function score, 68.9 points (SD, 27.6); range of motion, 119° (SD, 10.9); osteolysis, 0%; stress shielding, 6.6%; progressive radiolucencies, 2.5%; Kaplan-Meier survivorship (revision), 99.4% (95% confidence intervals, 98.2%-100.0%). At midterm follow-up, an all-polyethylene tibial component proved to be an excellent surgical option for total knee arthroplasty in an elderly patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)620-624
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009


  • all-poly tibias
  • elderly
  • midterm results
  • outcomes
  • total knee arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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