PFC Total knee replacement (De Puy-Synthes)


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Learn the PFC Total knee replacement (De Puy-Synthes) surgical technique with step by step instructions on OrthOracle. Our e-learning platform contains high resolution images and a certified CME of the PFC Total knee replacement (De Puy-Synthes) surgical procedure.

There are two principle designs of the PFC, a posterior cruciate sacrificing (PS) and an cruciate retaining (CR) PFC  knee. The PS design incorporates a polyethylene intercondylar post which compensates for the resected posterior cruciate ligament. This post engages the corresponding femoral component receptacle enabling roll back.

The PFC design was first released in 1996, nearly 1/3 of a million have been implanted. It has a 3.58% cumulative percentage probability of a first revision at 15 years recorded on the NJR, which clearly supports its use. The kit to insert it, is as you will see, is straightforward and the implant has predictable outcomes; features beneficial to both patient and surgeon. This is why I use it.

There are many implant designs on the market, each purporting to be the best. Some incorporate differing radius of femoral curvature, others low contact stresses, others have rotating platforms, others a medial pivot. In my opinion though outcome is as dependant on soft tissue handling, an understanding of knee biomechanics & intra-operative balancing and pre and post operative rehabilitation.

This technique details the posterior cruciate sacrificing PFC (Depuy) total knee replacement.

Author:Andrew Gordon FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Institution: The Northern General Hospital, Sheffield.

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  • The operative technique itself is read as a lesson as is any company implant information if this is being assessed.
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    The pass mark is 75%.
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CPD Points:

  • Operation Quiz – 1 CPD point
  • Surgical steps Quiz – 1/4 CPD point
  • Implants Quiz – 1/4 CPD point
  • Problem case Quiz – 1/2 CPD point

One CPD point equates to one hour of academic activity


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