J Knee Surg 2015; 28(04): 349-354
DOI: 10.1055/s-0034-1390029
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Femoral Revision Arthroplasty for Su Type 3 Supracondylar Periprosthetic Knee Fractures

Ajit J. Deshmukh
1  NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center, VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, New York, New York
Raman R. Thakur
2  William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom
Vijay J. Rasquinha
3  North Shore LIJ Health System, Great Neck, New York
José A. Rodriguez
4  Center for Joint Preservation and Reconstruction, North Shore LIJ/Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, New York
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Publication History

23 October 2013

24 July 2014

Publication Date:
24 September 2014 (online)


Periprosthetic distal femoral fractures can present significant reconstructive challenges when associated with poor bone stock, comminution, or component loosening. Revision arthroplasty with stemmed components or distal femoral replacement arthroplasty often becomes necessary. This retrospective study reviewed the results of femoral revision arthroplasty in 16 knees with acute, extreme distal (Su type 3), supracondylar periprosthetic fractures using cemented, midlevel constrained implants. The mean patient age was 71 years and mean follow-up was 5 years. All fractures united with mean Knee Society scores of 86 and 55, at the last follow-up. All patients returned to preinjury activity level. Complications included one valgus malunion with shortening and one reoperation for functional lateral instability. This treatment modality achieved reliable fracture union and return of function. Moreover, the final salvage option of distal femoral arthroplasty is preserved.