Seventeen to Twenty Years of Follow-Up of the Low Contact Stress Rotating-Platform Total Knee Arthroplasty With a Cementless Tibia in All Cases

J Arthroplasty. 2019 Mar;34(3):508-512. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2018.11.024. Epub 2018 Nov 23.


Background: Total knee arthroplasty designs can be categorized by bearing design and fixation method. The mobile-bearing concept was developed with the aim of increasing longevity and improving function by reduced polyethylene wear and closer replication of physiological knee motion. Cementless fixation has the goal of achieving a long-lasting "biological" fixation between prosthesis and bone.

Methods: Prospective analysis of the survivorship and patient-reported functional outcomes of a series of 500 low contact stress rotating-platform mobile-bearing total knee arthroplasties with a cementless tibial component with a minimum 17-year follow-up.

Results: Five hundred primary total knee arthroplasties were conducted in 467 patients. Mean follow-up was 18.1 (17.0-21.8) years and 141 (28.2%) knees were alive and available for review. Using revision for any cause as the end point, cumulative survivorship was 97.4%. Thirteen knees required revision: 3 for deep infection, 3 bearing only revisions for spinout, 3 for tibial tray subsidence, 2 secondary patella resurfacings, 1 aseptic loosening, and 1 for suspected aseptic loosening that was found to be well fixed. Mean American Knee Society Scores were 83 (evaluation) and 48 (function), Mean Oxford Knee Score was 32.1, and the mean Bartlett Patellar Score was 21.6.

Conclusion: This series demonstrates excellent survivorship and acceptable patient-reported functional outcome scores of a mobile-bearing total knee arthroplasty with a cementless tibial tray at minimum 17-year follow-up.

Keywords: cementless; mobile bearing; primary knee; survivorship; total knee arthroplasty.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / instrumentation*
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Knee Joint / surgery*
  • Knee Prosthesis / statistics & numerical data*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patella / surgery
  • Patient Reported Outcome Measures
  • Polyethylene
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radiography
  • Reoperation / statistics & numerical data
  • Tibia / surgery*


  • Polyethylene