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A Sporting Chance for Active Total Knee Replacement Patients
Date:3/12/2010

  • No significant radiological differences and no significant differences in implant durability could be demonstrated between the sport group and the control group;
  • The sport group showed slightly higher KS Knee and function scores compared to the control group;
  • The control group experienced a 20 percent higher revision rate for mechanical failure (loosening, wear or fracture) compared to the sport group;
  • After accounting for all variables, including co-morbidities, the sport group had a 10 percent higher risk of mechanical failure compared to the control group.

These results were quite surprising to Dr. Parratte and his team.

"We hypothesized that high-impact activities would not increase the risk of implant failure, but we did not foresee that such activities might actually improve clinical results," he said. "It is clear that more research is necessary to evaluate the short and long-term effect of high-impact activities on the durability and function of modern TKA implants."

He added that, although the industry is not ready or able at this point to revise its recommendations, that p
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