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The Swedish Knee Arthroplasty study with special reference to unicompartmental prostheses.


  • Stefan Lewold

Summary, in English

The Swedish Knee Arthroplasty study has prospectively registered and followed knee arthroplasties done in Sweden since 1976. Demography, epidemiology and general knee prosthetic biofunction is given for 30,003 primary knee arthro-plasties and their revisions through 1992. The annual number of knee arthroplasties increased fourth fold while the relative use of Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) decreased as Tricompartmental knee arthroplasty (TKA) increased. The 5-year Cumulative revision rate (CRR) decreased for each 5-year period studied for TKA in osteoarthrosis (OA) but for UKA no change was seen. The annual percentage of revisions has diminished from 10% to 5% In OA, modern TKA have a lower CRR than UKA, with a 5-year CRR of 3% and 8%, respectively. A problem was identified with the PCA Uni prosthesis (femoral loosening and excessive HDPE wear) and the Oxford Meniscal knee (dislocating meniscus and femoral loosening) with 5-year CRR of 16% and 10% respectively, compared to 5% for the Marmor. Two relatively unchanged prostheses, Marmor and Total Condylar, were used from 1975-1986 with continuous improvement in CRR over time. This indicates that factors other than prosthetic design affect the CRR. In failed UKA for OA, revision with exchange using new unicompartmental components gave a 5-year Cumulative rerevision rate (CRRR) of 26% while conversion to TKA gave 7%. Also addition of components in the contralateral compartment gave an inferior 5-year CRRR of 17%. Failed UKA should be converted to TKA. In comparison modern primary TKA had a CRR of 3%. A cohort of 14,551 patients followed for 66,622 patient years was matched with the Swedish National Cancer Registry. The cancer incidence was not increased after knee arthroplasty.

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Department of Orthopaedics, Lund University


  • Orthopedics


  • Skeleton
  • rerevision
  • revision
  • survival analysis
  • follow-up
  • Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty
  • prognosis
  • muscle system
  • rheumatology locomotion
  • Skelett
  • muskelsystem
  • reumatologi




  • [unknown] [unknown]


  • ISBN: 91-628-2723-5
  • ISRN: LUMEDW/MEDOL 1051 (1-106) SE

Defence date

6 November 1997

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Defence place

Föreläsningssal 1, Centralblocket, Universitetssjukhuset i Lund


  • Leif I Havelin (PhD)