International Orthopaedics

, Volume 34, Issue 7, pp 955–958 | Cite as

Routine patellar resurfacing using an inset patellar technique

  • Conor HursonEmail author
  • Abdalla Kashir
  • Robert Flavin
  • Ian Kelly
Original Paper


The management of the patella in total knee arthroplasty still causes controversy. Whether or not to resurface the patella in primary total knee arthroplasty remains unclear. In this study we examined 220 consecutive total knee replacements, by a single surgeon, where the patella was routinely resurfaced using the inset technique. All patellae were suitable for resurfacing. Patellar thickness was not altered in 54.5% of patellae. In 97.2% the patella was within 2 mm of the original thickness. There were no significant complications. In this study we have found that the inset technique of patella resurfacing in total knee replacement is a simple and safe resurfacing procedure.


Total Knee Arthroplasty Anterior Knee Pain Lateral Release Gouty Arthritis Patellar Tracking 
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© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Conor Hurson
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Abdalla Kashir
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert Flavin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ian Kelly
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Waterford Regional Hospital, OrthopaedicsWaterfordIreland
  2. 2.Kilcreene Orthopaedic HospitalKilkennyIreland

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