Rotating Platform Knees: An Emerging Clinical Standard. In Opposition

Mark W. Pagnano, R. Michael Menghini

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As surgeons, we share the common goals of making total knee arthroplasty as reliable, as reproducible, and as durable as we can. For that reason, we are almost compelled to investigate the rotating platform knee because of the contentions that it might improve patellar tracking, decrease lateral release rates, improve flexion, or perhaps give better wear characteristics over the long term. But when we take a step back and carefully examine the scientific data from 20 years of clinical experience with the rotating platform knee, the data speak for itself. To date, there are no demonstrated clinical advantages in regard to wear, survivorship, kinematics, range of motion, or patellar function. The rotating platform design then is really just another knee design, clinically indistinguishable from many well-functioning, fixed-bearing total knee designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-39
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Arthroplasty
Issue number4 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • fixed-bearing design
  • rotating platform knee
  • total knee arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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