A Perspective on Mechanical vs. Kinematic Alignment of the Knee

    The option of aligning the knee kinematically versus along the mechanical axis has generated a great deal of interest over the past few years, as orthopaedic surgeons look for ways to improve patient satisfaction with total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

    So is it time for orthopaedic surgeons to consider abandoning the traditional method of alignment for this newer method?

    Not yet, says James A. Browne, MD, from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville.

    The traditional method is tried and true and provides good results, he said. From his perspective, there are still too many unanswered questions about kinematic alignment.

    Click the image above to hear Dr. Browne’s comments about mechanical versus kinematic alignment in TKA.

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