Posterior stabilized designs in modern total knee arthroplasty: Vestigial organs

Michael Stefl, R. Michael Meneghini

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Clinical difference between posterior-stabilized (PS) and cruciate-retaining (CR) designs in total knee arthroplasty has remained elusive for decades. This classic debate has been given pause due to futile efforts to prove one design superior over the other. Recently, anterior-lipped and more conforming CR bearings have emerged to substitute for the posterior-cruciate ligament (PCL), if absent, damaged or resected, and obviate the need for the archaic cam-post mechanism of a traditional PS design. Advantages of avoiding a PS TKA include eliminating the risk of box cut induced femoral condylar fracture, operative efficiency by removing procedural steps, removing the articulation that is a source of wear, post deformation, breakage, or dislocation, and eliminating patellar clunk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-208
Number of pages4
JournalSeminars in arthroplasty
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • Cam-post
  • Cruciate-retaining
  • PCL-sacrificing
  • Posterior stabilized
  • Tibial polyethylene
  • Total knee arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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