Is previous knee arthroscopy related to worse results in primary total knee arthroplasty?

  • Sérgio Rocha Piedade
  • Alban Pinaroli
  • Elvire Servien
  • Philippe Neyret


According to literature, knee arthroscopy is a minimal invasive surgery performed for minor surgical trauma, reduced morbidity and shortens the hospitalization period. Therefore, this type of surgery before total knee arthroplasty (TKA) could be considered a minor procedure with minimum postoperative complication. A retrospective and cohort series of 1,474 primary TKA was performed with re-assessment after a minimum follow-up period of 2 years: 1,119 primary TKA had no previous surgery (group A) and 60 primary TKA had arthroscopic debridement (group B). All the patients underwent a clinical and radiological evaluation as well as IKS scores. Statistical analysis of postoperative complications revealed that group B had a higher postoperative complication rate (P < 0.01). In this group, 30% of local complications were re-operated and 8.3% of these cases underwent revision TKA (P < 0.01). The mean interval between arthroscopy and primary TKA was 53 months. However, statistical analysis did not reveal a direct correlation between arthroscopy/primary TKA interval and postoperative complications/failures (P = 0.55). The Kaplan–Meier survival curves showed a survival rate of 98.1 and 86.8% at 10 years follow-up for groups A and B, respectively. Our data allow us to conclude that previous knee arthroscopy should be considered a factor related to postoperative primary TKA outcomes as demonstrated by the higher rate of postoperative complications and failures (P < 0.001) as well as a worse survival curve than group A.


Arthroscopy Total knee arthroplasty Knee Osteoarthritis Postoperative complications 



Sérgio Rocha Piedade was supported by the Post Doctorate Scholarship by CNPq, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sérgio Rocha Piedade
    • 1
  • Alban Pinaroli
    • 2
  • Elvire Servien
    • 2
  • Philippe Neyret
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, School of Medical SciencesState University of Campinas, UNICAMPCampinasBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Centre Albert Trillat-Centre LivetHôpital de la Croix-Rousse, Hospices Civils de LyonLyon-CaluireFrance

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