The effect of trochlear design on patellofemoral shear and compressive forces in total knee arthroplasty

W. J. Petersilge, C. S. Oishi, K. R. Kaufman, S. E. Irby, C. W. Colwell

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Biomechanical testing was performed on 5 candaveric knees to evaluate the effect of patellofemoral design on shear and compressive force at the patellar component-bone interface. Three patellofemoral designs with identical tibiofemoral articular surfaces were tested. The knees were tested under dynamic loading conditions from 0° to 100° flexion. A transducer that measured 3 orthogonal force components was mounted between the patellar component and the patella. The combination of an oval dome patella with a 2- mm deeper trochlear groove and associated increased femoral resection was compared with a biconcave patella with standard trochlea and normal femoral resection. Alignment of the trochlear groove in 7° valgus (anatomic) decreased medial-lateral shear by 10% to symmetric trochlear groove alignment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)124-130
Number of pages7
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
Issue number309
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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