Quadriceps sparing total knee replacement. The initial experience with results at two to four years

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2006 Nov;88(11):1448-53. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.88B11.18052.


The aim of this study was to compare the results in patients having a quadriceps sparing total knee replacement (TKR) with those undergoing a standard TKR at a minimum follow-up of two years. All patients who had a TKR with a high-flex posterior-stabilised prosthesis prior to December 2002 were reviewed retrospectively. There were 57 patients available for follow-up. Those with a quadriceps sparing TKR had less pain peri-operatively with a greater degree of flexion at all the post-operative visits and at the final follow-up, but their operations took longer, with less accurate radiological alignment. There was no difference in the complications and in the Knee Society scores between the two groups at the final follow-up. Total knee replacement through a quadriceps sparing approach has some peri-operative advantages over the standard incision. At a minimum follow-up of two years the clinical results were similar to those with a standard incision, but the radiological outcomes of the quadriceps sparing group were inferior.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint / physiopathology
  • Knee Joint / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Movement / physiology
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee / physiopathology
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee / surgery
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Quadriceps Muscle / surgery*
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Treatment Outcome