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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Unicondylar Knee Arthroplasty: The Intramedullary Technique

  • Richard A. Berger
  • Alfred J. Tria
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Abstract

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for unicondylar knee arthroplasty (UKA) was instituted in the early 1990s by John Repicci.1,2 While there had been a long history of UKA dating back to the early 1970s,3, 4, 5, 6 the techniques and surgical approaches were modeled after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The results were not equal to TKA and many surgeons abandoned the procedure. The MIS approach introduced a new method to perform the surgery and helped to improve the results by emphasizing the differences between TKA and UKA. MIS forced the surgeon to consider UKA as a separate operation with its own techniques and its own principles.

Keywords

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Total Knee Arthroplasty Femoral Component Tibial Plateau Minimally Invasive Surgery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryRush–Presbyterian–St. Luke’s Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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