Notre expérience de la prothèse unicompartimentaire médiale du genou

  • J. -Y. Jenny
  • G. Jenny
  • M. Brax
Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty


52 dossiers de prothèses unicompartimentaires médiales de resurfaçage du genou ont pu être analysés avec un recul moyen de 4 ans. Les résultats ont été jugés satisfaisants dans 85 % des 48 prothèses en place à la révision ; le score global moyen était de 85/100, et le score de la douleur de 42/50. Quatre prothèses ont été réopérées : 2 descellements, 1 décompensation du compartiment opposé et 1 syndrome douloureux inexpliqué. L’étude radiographique montre une fréquente malposition des pièces prothétiques, dont l’influence sur les résultats à long terme reste inconnue.


Genou Arthrose Prothèse unicompartimentaire médiale 

Our experience with medial unicondylar knee prosthesis


The indications for unicondylar knee replacement for osteoarthritis are discussed. Its theoretical advantages against total knee replacement are the small size of the implants, an easier operative technique and faster rehabilitation. But some surgeons assume that tibial osteotomy has the same indications and gives the same long-term results while preserving the natural joint.

52 medial resurfacing unicondylar knee prostheses have been followed for a mean time of 4 years, with a minimum of 1 year. There were 16 males and 31 females, with a mean age of 70 years (range 65 to 83 years). The indication was primary (37 cases) or post-traumatic (2 cases) osteoarthritis and necrosis of the medial femoral condyle (13 cases). The Cartier-Mansat prosthesis was most frequently used.

Four prostheses were revised because of unexplained pain (1 case), aseptic loosening (2 cases) or osteoarthritic change in the opposite compartment (1 case). 48 prostheses were still in place at the time of this study. The results were studied with Hungerford’s classification, giving the knee joint a maximum score of 100 points.

Mean pain score was 42/50, and only 4 patients had significant pain. No abnormal laxity was seen. 45 patients had complete extension, and 3 a deficit between 5 and 10°. 43 patients had over 90° flexion. Quadriceps force was always normal. Only 23 patients had a normal mechanical axis measured on a monopedal stance view, while 19 had a remaining varus deformation and 4 an overcorrection. The mean global score was 85/100, and 33 of the 39 patients with no missing item had a global score over 80/100.

Objective and subjective results were very satisfactory. But we were not so pleased with the radiological appearance of the prosthesis. Malposition of both prosthetic components, including global limb malalignment, malalignment of one or both implants, incongruency of both implants or lowering of the joint space with reference to lateral compartment, were very common. The actual influence of these malpositions are not known, but is likely to be significant and the long term survival remains then questionable. A more precise operative technique could decrease the incidence of this disadvantage.

Key words

Knee Arthrosis Medial unicompartmental prosthesis 

Code Méary



Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Hungerford DS, Krackow KW (1985) Total joint arthroplasty of the knee. Clin Orthop 192: 22–33Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Insall J, Aglietti P (1980) A five to seven year follow-up of unicondylar arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 62-A: 1329–1337Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Mazas F (1989) Arthroplastie unicompartimentaire du genou. Cahiers d’enseignement de la SOFCOT. Conférences d’enseignement 1989. Expansion Scientifique Française, Paris, pp 113–123Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. -Y. Jenny
    • 1
  • G. Jenny
    • 1
  • M. Brax
    • 1
  1. 1.Service de Chirurgie de genou et de traumatologie sportiveCentre de Traumatologie et d’OrthopédieIllkirch - GraffenstadenFrance

Personalised recommendations