Replacement of the Knee

  • Richard S. Laskin
  • Robin A. Denham
  • A. Graham Apley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard S. Laskin
      Pages 11-45
  3. The Portsmouth Knee

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Robin A. Denham
      Pages 125-136
  4. The Total Condylar and Richards Maximum Contact (RMC) Knees

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Richard S. Laskin
      Pages 175-202
  5. Partial Knee Replacement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Richard S. Laskin, Robin A. Denham, A. Graham Apley
      Pages 217-218
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 219-224

About this book


"Knee replacement is bound to fail-providing the patient lives long enough". There is some truth in this hoary cliche, so why write books on the subject? I think the answer is that knee replacement has at last become established and even respectable. The more absurd surgical extravaganzas have been recognised and discarded; today a patient can expect to rely on his new knee to serve him with comfort for a fair number of years. Of course even the early knee replacements often made the patient comfortable; the trouble was they just did not last. All too often the innovator's enthusiasm was overtaken by the patient's disillusionment. Indeed, the operation might well have been abandoned had it not been for the hope that one day the dazzling results at the hip might be matched at the knee. These pioneer prostheses were designed as though the knee were biomechanically as straightforward as the hip. Alas, numerous complexities soon became apparent; in response the models multiplied-and multiplied-until the ordinary orthopaedic practitioner became hopelessly bewildered. He found himself subjected to high pressure propaganda; from the surgeon offering a miracle cure, from the engineer seeking fame and from the manufacturer expecting fortune. Visiting his unit as a team, this trio was well-nigh irresistible.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Richard S. Laskin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robin A. Denham
    • 3
  • A. Graham Apley
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryLong Island Jewish-Hillside Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.School of Medicine, Health Services CenterState University of New York at Stony BrookNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Portsmouth Hospital GroupPortsmouthEngland
  4. 4.St. Thomas’ HospitalLondonEngland
  5. 5.Rowley Bristow Orthopaedic HospitalPyrford, LondonEngland

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