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Revista de la Asociación Argentina de Ortopedia y Traumatología

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PESCIALLO, Cesar A et al. Artroplastia total de rodilla en genu valgo severo: Seguimiento de 5 a 14 años. Rev. Asoc. Argent. Ortop. Traumatol. [online]. 2016, vol.81, n.3, pp.177-189. ISSN 1852-7434.

Introduction: Valgus malalignment is a complex, multiplanar deformity characterized by bone alterations and soft-tissue abnormalities. Several surgical techniques have been described for valgus knee, and the sequence of tight lateral structure release and the need of constrained prosthesis were addressed. Total knee arthroplasty in valgus deformity remains a surgical challenge for orthopaedic surgeons. The objectives of the study were to evaluate our mid- and long-term results in the surgical treatment of severe valgus disease, and to describe the applied surgical technique. Methods: A clinical-radiological classification was developed, and patients treated for severe genu valgum were discriminated. We retrospectively evaluated 42 total knee arthroplasties in 39 patients, with an average follow-up of 9.2 years. Knee Society Score was used for clinical evaluation, and the last control best quality radiograph was considered for radiographic evaluation. Survival analysis contemplated the need for revision for any reason and for mechanical failure. Results: Postoperative average Knee Society Score was 83.3, with marked improvement in pain and range of motion parameters. Constrained implants were used in 16.7% of cases. Postoperative alignment was on average 5.9°. Two patients underwent revision surgery, having achieved a prosthetic survival for mechanical failure of 97.6%. We did not have any revision due to infection. Conclusions: A meticulous physical examination and proper preoperative radiographs are mandatory. The decision to use a constrained device is taken during surgery. Appropriate soft-tissue release is extremely important. Despite the surgical technique, the use of a constrained prosthesis is limited. We recommend our technique as a low-demanding procedure, with encouraging mid- and long-term results.

Keywords : Genu valgum; Severe; Total knee arthroplasty; Release; Surgical technique.

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