TECH SHOWCASE: Cementless Fixation in Total Knee Arthroplasty

    Editor’s Note: A session at ICJR’s 13th Annual Winter Hip & Knee Course was billed as a Technology Showcase, featuring 8 presentations on aspects of technology and techniques intended to help surgeons improve outcomes of hip and knee arthroplasty. We are highlighting those presentations on ICJR.net this week.

    H. Del Schutte Jr., MD, has long been a proponent of cementless fixation in total knee arthroplasty (TKA), starting with revision procedures more than 15 years ago. He told attendees at ICJR’s 13th Annual Winter Hip & Knee Course that his interest in cementless fixation has not waned over time, but has, in fact, only increased to that point that it is his go-to for primary TKAs as well.

    Registry data from the US show that more and more surgeons are thinking like Dr. Schutte: The 2020 Annual Report from the American Joint Replacement Registry indicates that the percentage of cementless TKAs has risen from just 1.9% of primary procedures in 2012 to 9.9% in 2019. [1]

    There are good reasons to avoid using cement, Dr. Schutte said, beginning with TKA failure. Worldwide registry data show that aseptic loosening is a top reason for revision TKA, typically right behind infection. [1,2] Similarly, studies are showing good short- to long-term survivorship for cementless TKA, particularly with today’s improved materials and implants. [3-7]

    Dr. Schutte noted other benefits of cementless fixation, including:

    • It’s efficient, saving money and time in the OR.
    • It’s compatible with tourniquetless technique.
    • It can be used effectively with high-demand patients, including those who are morbidly obese. [8]
    • It can also be used effectively with patients who have poor bone quality.

    Click the image above to watch Dr. Schutte’s presentation and hear more about cementless fixation in TKA.

    Faculty Bio

    H. Del Schutte Jr., MD, is Chief of Surgery at East Cooper Medical Center, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and the Medical Director of the hospital’s Comprehensive Joint Program. He is the founder and Director of the Charleston Institute of Advanced Orthopedics. He specializes in adult hip and knee reconstruction.

    Disclosures: Dr. Schutte has disclosed that he is a paid consultant for Medtronic.


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