Rotational mismatch between femoral and tibial components should be avoided in JOURNEY II bi-cruciate stabilized total knee arthroplasty

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      JOURNEY II bi-cruciate stabilized (BCS) knee system, a guided motion total knee arthroplasty (TKA), has been reported to reproduce physiological knee kinematic motion with good clinical outcomes. However, this guided system may be sensitive to the femorotibial rotational alignment.


      Forty-four patients (50 knees) who underwent JOURNEY II BCS TKA were included in this retrospective study. The 2011 Knee Society Score (KSS) and range of motion were assessed pre-operatively and one year postoperatively. The femoral component rotational angle relative to the surgical epicondylar axis and the tibial component rotational angle relative to Akagi’s line were measured postoperatively. The absolute difference between the femoral and tibial component rotational angles was defined as femorotibial component rotational mismatch. The correlation between the parameters of these rotational alignments and postoperative clinical outcomes was evaluated. Additionally, receiver operating characteristic curve analysis was performed to determine the optimal cut-off point of the femorotibial component rotational mismatch.


      Mean femoral and tibial component rotational angles were 0.4° (internal rotation) and 0.7° (external rotation), respectively. The rotational mismatch of the femorotibial component was 3.2°. There were negative correlations between femorotibial rotational mismatch and clinical outcomes, including objective knee indicators, patient satisfaction, functional activities, and total 2011 KSS. The area under the curve of the femorotibial component rotational mismatch was 0.768 and the cut-off value identified by the Youden index was 2.8°.


      Excessive rotational mismatch between the femoral and tibial components can negatively influence the clinical outcomes of JOURNEY II BCS TKA.


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