Central European Journal of Medicine

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 553–556 | Cite as

Irradiation in the treatment of arthrofibrosis after total knee arthroplasty: a preliminary trial

  • Clemens BaierEmail author
  • Hans-Robert Springorum
  • Günther Maderbacher
  • Sebastian Winkler
  • Bernd Füchtmeier
  • Rainer Neugebauer
Research Article


Postoperative arthrofibrosis after primary and revision total knee arthroplasty is a severe complication for the affected patient. Several risk factors have been identified for this diagnosis. We present a series of 3 patients with arthrofibrosis after (revision) total knee arthroplasty. Approximately 2 hours before the operative revision procedure, all patients were irradiated once with 7.01 gray. At latest follow-up, all 3 patients showed a distinct improvement of range of motion. Before revision total knee arthroplasty due to arthrofibrosis, a single dose of pre- or postoperative irradiation should be considered.


Arthrofibrosis Total knee arthroplasty Irradiation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clemens Baier
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hans-Robert Springorum
    • 1
  • Günther Maderbacher
    • 1
  • Sebastian Winkler
    • 1
  • Bernd Füchtmeier
    • 1
  • Rainer Neugebauer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Traumatology and Orthopeadic Surgery, Hospital Barmherzige Brüder Regensburg, Teaching HospitalUniversity of RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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