The History of Total Knee Arthroplasty

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Abstract

Total knee arthroplasty has evolved immensely over the last 4 decades, giving patients a greater quality of life and restoring function of their knee joint. Along with changes in implant designs and the development of instrumentation, changes to preoperative and postoperative protocols have improved surgical outcomes. Modern arthroplasty has evolved into a procedure that can offer long-lasting results and functional improvement, with 3.48 million total knee procedures estimated to be performed annually by 2030.

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