Background: Few studies have reported the results of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in patients with previous patellectomy. The purpose of this study was to assess the risk of complications and survivorship of primary TKA in patients who previously had a patellectomy in comparison to those undergoing TKA with patellar resurfacing. Methods: This was a historical cohort study and comprised 134 knees with previous patellectomy in a cohort of 17,946 primary TKA procedures at a single institution between 1985 and 2010. Multivariable Cox regression analyses were used to estimate the risk of complications and revisions in patients with previous patellectomy. Results: When compared to TKA with patellar resurfacing, the risk of complications (hazards ratio: 1.38, 95% confidence interval: 1.05, 1.81) was significantly higher in post-patellectomy knees, but there was no difference in the risk of revisions (hazards ratio: 1.32, 95% confidence interval: 0.80, 2.18). There was no significant difference between the posterior-stabilized and cruciate-retaining designs in terms of both complications and revisions (P > .05). The most common complications in post-patellectomy knees were instability, delayed healing, and infection. Conclusion: TKA patients with previous patellectomy have a higher risk of complications but not a higher risk of revisions.
- Total knee arthroplasty
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine