Total knee arthroplasty: do newer CR implants yield better results? A single center prospective study


Total knee arthroplasty, prospective, Persona, ROM, knee implant, patient reported outcomes

Published online: Nov 06 2023


From the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, AZ Sint-Elisabeth Hospital, Herentals, Belgium


The aim of this study was to compare whether the newest TKA prosthesis (Persona) gives improved clinical outcomes due its more anatomical design in comparison to older prostheses (balanSys). This study included a total of 89 patients planned for TKA from June 2018 to September 2019. Outcomes such as Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS), range of motion (ROM), numeric pain rating scale (NRS), analgesics and alignment were recorded next to patient characteristics and complications. Our results showed a significant improvement in NRS, ROM and functional scores postoperatively compared to preoperatively for both the Persona and the balanSys implants. Although the flexion ROM for the Persona group was higher at 6 and 12 months postoperative compared to the balanSys, this was mainly a regaining of the preoperative ROM. Throughout all timepoints, there were no statistically significant differences observed in NSAID and opioid usage between the balanSys and Persona groups. Both implants are safe and efficient to use in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. Although Persona had an improved postoperative flexion, this did not have an impact on any of the patient-reported outcomes.