Knee Biomechanics and Prosthetic Design

  • Timothy M. Wright


The design of a total knee replacement must meet several important mechanical goals in order to restore joint function for the lifetime of the patient. The first goal is to provide appropriate kinematics so that the joint will function like a normal knee joint. This objective involves, of course, not only implant design, but also consideration of the soft tissues around the joint. The second goal is to successfully transfer the large loads that cross the knee joint to the surrounding bony structures. A third goal is to provide secure fixation of the implant components. A final goal is to provide long-term wear resistance. Wear debris should not be generated in large enough volumes at large enough rates to cause osteolysis.


Total Knee Arthroplasty Cancellous Bone Femoral Component Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tibial Plateau 
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  • Timothy M. Wright
    • 1
  1. 1.The Hospital for Special SurgeryNew York

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