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THE EVOLUTION OF TOTALKNEE ARTHROPLASTY                                                                                 32...
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THE EVOLUTION OF TOTALKNEE ARTHROPLASTY                                                                                   ...
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  1. 1. Current Orthopaedics (2003) 17, 322--325 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.cdoi:10.1016/S0268 - 0890(03)00093- 8ORTHOPAEDIC HISTORYThe evolution of total knee arthroplasty. Part1:introduction and first stepsA. A. Shetty, A. Tindall, P Ting and F. W Heatley . .12 Farington House, 22 Gloucester Street, Pimlico, London SW1V 2DN, UK KEYWORDS history; development; knee arthroplasty/replacementINTRODUCTION grace, re-emerged and converged in the past. By know- ing how we have arrived at today’s prostheses, we canTotal knee replacements are now performed routinely better hope to understand future developments andall over the world. This series of articles provides a evaluate future designs and modifications.glimpse of the important stages in the development ofthe ‘modern’ arthroplasty, giving a historical perspectiveon a procedure that has now become a successful stan- EARL DA Y YSdard operation. Although most of the arthroplasties andsurgical techniques described here are no longer in use, The Parisian, Jules P’eau (1830 --1898), defined an arthro-one occasionally still sees patients with such prostheses plasty as ‘the creation of an artificial joint for the purpose ofin situ. restoring motion’. At the turn of the 19th century, ap- If you had taken an opinion poll amongst the leading proaches to the problem of arthritic joints were idiosyn-post World War II orthopaedic surgeons, the vast major- cratic and based purely on individual experience withity would have doubted whether knee arthroplasty little research or scientific evidence. Although the resultswould ever have become a viable operation. A delightful were poor when compared to our ‘modern’ techniques,story is told about Fairbanks senior, one of the original patient satisfaction could often be surprisingly high. This‘Bart’s’ surgeons in London. In his latter years, he was was doubtless partly due to the lack of surgical alterna-afflicted with deafness and his hearing aid was powered tives that were available.by a large portable battery. Whenever knee replacement In the past, severe degenerative disease of the kneewas mentioned, there would be a loud click as Fairbanks was frequently treated by arthrodesis. The disability re-turned off the battery to conserve electrical energy and sulting from the loss of movement was clearly sum-brain power! marised by the first editor of the British Journal of These articles will not just trace the history but also Bone and Joint Surgery, Sir Reginald Watson-Jones of theemphasise the principles underpinning this remarkable London Hospital who wrote in 1949: ‘Arthrodesis ofepic that is truly an orthopaedic triumph. The story of the knee joint causes obvious stiffening which cannot becourse is still unfolding and as surgery and technology concealed. No neighboring joint is available to takeadvance, so there may be a swing back to concepts that over function and the disability is indeed very great.seem to have been discarded or sidelined.The emergence I have known patients to say that they would preferof the unicondylar replacement is a classic example and amputation and an artificial limb to constant stiffnessalso a particular delight to the senior author, who, as of the knee joint. If ever there was an indication fora registrar was taught the ‘new’ technique by Frank arthroplasty in a weight bearing joint it would be in theGunston and later for several years did the bicompart- knee.1 ’mental Oxford. Sometimes, there is a tendency to Today, most knee replacements are performed fordiscard techniques too quickly. We have shown how relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis, a conditionmany ideas and concepts have emerged, fallen from which was poorly understood and often ignored in the early days of orthopaedic surgery. For example,Correspondence to: AT at alistair___tindall@hotmail.com in Whitman’s standard ‘Textbook of Orthopaedics’ in
  2. 2. THE EVOLUTION OF TOTALKNEE ARTHROPLASTY 323the 19th century, only one of the 650 pages was devoted As recently as1958 Brown, McGaw and Shaw were usingto osteoarthritis.2 flaps of skin interposed in a similar manner with surpris- This review describes the development of alternatives ingly good results.11to knee arthrodesis, with the aim of restoring movement The problems associated with these attempts at jointwhilst still relieving pain and maintaining stability. The reconstruction with soft tissue were shortening, infec-concept of soft tissue arthroplasty dominated the surgi- tion, an inflammatory response and reankylosis. As acal thinking on reconstruction of the knee for the first result, surgeons began to investigate the use of otherthird of the 20th century. The middle third was the era materials, including plastic and metal. Vitallium (theof metal interposition and the large uniaxial metal hinges. Howmedica trademark for cobalt-chrome) was firstOnly in the latter third of the century did the principles used by Venables and Stuck in 1938. It had excellent wearthat underlie modern replacement gradually emerge. properties and did not corrode. This heralded a funda- mental change in technology, whereby the pre-1938 era of biological implants moved into the post-1938 era of metallic prostheses and the age of interpositionalINTERPOSITION ARTHROPLASTY arthroplasty gradually faded out. This is an example ofIn 1826, Barton attempted one of the first simple resec- metallurgic technology being incorporated into earlytions of an ankylosed joint with some initial success.3 orthopaedic biomaterial design. This process is stillHowever, the patient later suffered reankylosis and ongoing, with the development of such materials asshortening of the limb. It must be remembered that in stainless steel 316L, cobalt alloy F75 and titanium alloys.the early 19th century, arthritis was still very poorly de- In the early 1940s, surgeons were beginning to reportfined and we cannot be sure exactly what disease Barton success with the use of vitallium cups in total hip replace-was treating. It was not until 35 years later, in 1861, that ments. Willis Campbell12 and Smith-Petersen13 appliedFerguson reported the first successful case of soft tissue this concept to the knee, and used vitallium plates forinterposition knee arthroplasty in the Medical Times.4 an interpositional arthroplasty. Smith-Petersen’s pros-Five years after the operation, the patient had, what thesis actually capped the distal femur and was one ofwas described as, ‘a useful limb’. This produced much in- the first steps on the way to a distal femoral hemiarthro-terest and established the fundamental knowledge that plasty Fig. 1. Plastics also came into vogue in the lateinterposition of soft tissue and foreign material could 1940s. Samson, using fascia lata interposed between theprevent ankylosis. bone ends, reported good results in 26 of the 47 patients Independently, in 1860, the French surgeon Aristide treated.14 Amongst these he mentions three cases whereVerneuil (1823--1895) demonstrated that interposition he used sheets of cellophane instead of fascia lata. Allof soft tissue could prevent reankylosis following resec- three cases failed due to the cellophane being dischargedtion of the temporo-mandibular joint.5 This principle spontaneously, or creating a major tissue reaction. Kuhnwas again adopted four decades later in the early 1900s. and Potter tried nylon,15 whilst Taylor experimentedSurgeons interposed autogenous (and later animal) soft with Fluon. Once again, orthopaedics was flirting withtissue between the bone ends. John B.Murphy of Chicago biomaterials on an ad hoc basis. Often the honeymoon(1857--1916) in1910 used medial and lateral autogenous tis- was rather brief! Well-conducted studies into the wearsue flaps sutured between the joint surfaces to prevent properties were few and far between and did not reallybony ankylosis.6 commence until the age of modern hip replacement in In 1918 William Stevenson Baer of Johns Hopkins Uni- the 1970s.versity published a series of 28 cases of interpositionalarthroplasty of the knee.7 He used a piece of pig’s bladderthat he had tanned by soaking in potassium chromate(cross-linking the collagen fibres). He reported 15 ‘good’results; a 54% success rate. However, the criteria usedfor a good result were not as stringent as those used inthe present day. In 1920, Putti (one of the giants of early orthopaedicswho first described the developmental nature of hip dys-plasia in neonates) working at the Rizzoli Institute inBologna, reported his results from interposing tensorfascia lata in the knee.8 Other materials, including pre-patellar bursae9 were also used to create an interposi-tional arthroplasty of the damaged joint. In 1928 Albeepublished a series of 10 cases where he had interposedfascia lata and fat, with a ‘good result’ in nine patients.10 Figure 1 The Smith-Petersen femoral hemiarthroplasty.
  3. 3. 324 CURRENT ORTHOPAEDICSTIBIAL HEMI-ARTHROPLASTY the inferior surface in an attempt to increase stability (Fig. 3).Themistocles Gluck (1853--1942) (who was the assistant These early attempts at arthroplasty, although simpleto Bernhard Langenbeck) published a paper on ‘Autop- in design and concept, provided the basis for today’s uni-lasty - Transplantation -Implantation of Foreign Bodies’ compartmental knee replacements. They were able toin 1894. He described the use of an ivory cup with an in- correct for a valgus or varus deformity with minimaltramedullary peg inserted into the tibia to produce a bone loss during their implantation. They also kept thehemi-arthroplasty of the knee.16 soft tissue balance of the knee by not sacrificing the col- However, apart from the one-off genius of Gluck, the lateral ligaments, a concept whose importance wouldconcept of tibial replacement did not emerge until the have to be rediscovered for the condylar replacements.1950s with the advent of the new materials referred toin the first part of this series. Although they may nothave recognised it at the time, surgeons were starting FEMORAL HEMI-ARTHROPLASTYto address the problem of fixation. The femur would becappedFthe ‘bowler-hat approach’, whilst the tibia The work by Willis Campbell in 1940 using a metallic hipwould be slottedFthe ‘marquetry approach’. The first implant, and the fact that it was well tolerated, started aof the tibial pioneers was a German surgeon appropri- new era in the use of foreign materials as implants. He re-ately named Marquardt. In 1950 he reported his results ported the use of a vitallium interposition femoral mould.using steel,17 and soon de Palma18 was reporting the use Initial results were apparently good but Campbell aban-of tibial hemi-arthroplasty prostheses made from acrylic. doned the procedure after only four cases.12 As previously The choice of material reverted back to metals again mentioned, in the 1940s, Smith-Petersen of Boston, Mas-when in 1966 Macintosh19,20 fromToronto used a metallic sachusetts, USA, the pioneer of hip interposition arthro-tibial surface implant, (Fig. 2), instead of the acrylic pros- plasty, not surprisingly tried capping the distal end of thethesis devised by Kier and Murk Jansen of Denmark. femur at the knee. He created a distal femoral mould Macintosh’s technique is of some interest. He began by made from vitallium as a surface device for the femurcorrecting any fixed flexion deformity with serial plas- (Fig. 1) in an attempt to create a femoral hemi-arthro-ters.When the deformity was too severe, he performed plasty. He employed this on three ankylosed rheumatoida posterior capsulotomy as the first step. He removed as knees in the late1940s.13little bone as possible from the tibial plateaux, takingcare that the medial and lateral collateral ligaments werepreserved, as well as both cruciates. The metallic tibialblocks were inserted with no bony fixation and reliedon the tension of the collateral ligaments to hold themin place (the forerunner of ligament balancing). The im-plants came in various sizes and differing thicknessesthus enabling varus and valgus deformities to be cor-rected. He reported on 58 arthroplasties, 51 bilateraland seven unilateral. The overall results were satisfac-tory amongst the elderly but rather disappointing in theyounger age group with an active life style. In 1969Marmor modified the Macintosh tibial plateau byadding a serrated under-surface and holes round the sideto allow bone in-growth. McKeever added a keel on Figure 3 The Mckeever tibial hemiarthroplasty.Figure 2 The Macintosh tibal hemiarthroplasty.
  4. 4. THE EVOLUTION OF TOTALKNEE ARTHROPLASTY 325 cases, for example Kraft, who had used acrylic (after the manner of the Judet prostheses in the hip) to replace the distal femur following resection of a giant cell tumour. Like the Judet, it had a metal intra-medullary peg, and like many Judet prostheses the peg snapped after a year. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We are most grateful to Lucy Sheridan of DePuy, Professor Peter Walker and Mr. Michael Freeman in providing some illustrations. REFERENCESFigure 4 The Platt condylar cup. 1. Watson-Jones R. Discussion following speed and trout. J Bone Joint Surg 1949; 31B: 53. In1952 Rocher used acrylic to cap the distal femur.21 In 2. Whitman R. A Treatise on Orthopaedic Surgery. Philadelphia: Lea Brothers & Co., 1901; 302--303.1954, Kraft and Levinthal made a large prosthesis for the 3. Barton J R. On the treatment of anchylosis by the formation ofreconstruction of the entire distal end of the femur after artificial joints. 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