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Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in end-stage haemophilic arthropathy is complex and challenging due to the altered bony anatomy, arthrofibrosis and muscle contractures. Computer navigation is especially advocated in patients with deformity or altered anatomy to improve alignment and to assist in ligament balancing. The objective of this study was to evaluate the results of computer-navigated TKA in haemophilic arthropathy. A consecutive series of computer-assisted TKA for the end-stage haemophilic arthropathy between February 2007 and December 2009 were evaluated. A total of 27 TKA were performed in 25 patients. Pre- and postoperative full-length weight-bearing radiographs were assessed for the axial limb alignment. The orientation of the components was measured on anteroposterior radiographs. Clinically, Knee Society score and Short Form-36 were evaluated. The mechanical axis of the leg was within a range of ±3° varus/valgus in 92% of the TKA. The coronal alignment of the femoral and tibial components was within a range of ±3 degrees in 96% of the knees. The clinical outcomes were significantly improved after the operation. There were no complications specific to the computer navigation. Computer-navigated TKA helps in restoring the mechanical axis and improves accuracy of orientation of the components in patients with end-stage haemophilic arthropathy. Potential benefits in long-term outcome require further investigation. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


K-Y Cho, K-I Kim, S Khurana, S-W Cho, D-G Kang. Computer-navigated total knee arthroplasty in haemophilic arthropathy. Haemophilia : the official journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia. 2013 Mar;19(2):259-66

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