Knee Replacement Last At Least 10 Years in Most Juvenile Arthritis Patients

RehabManagement—November 19, 2014

Findings from a multicenter study led by a team at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), New York, confirmed that knee replacements among juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) patients are effective for at least 10 years in 92% of cases, with at least 75% of implants in service for 20 years or more.

According to a media release from HSS, Mark P. Figgie, MD, study leader, says the surgery in this patient population, although performed by only a small number of highly specialized orthopedic surgeons nationwide, is life-changing for JIA patients.

"Juvenile arthritis is a debilitating condition that can really affect the patient's ability to function, yet few reports exist on the results of total knee replacement in people with JIA," Figgie says. "Because of the low volume of procedures in this patient population, we used an international, multicenter approach to determine the survivorship and functional outcome of TKR in this group of patients."

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