This is the first long-term (mean 11.6 years), prospective, matched-pair study (based on age, gender, BMI and UCLA scores) using MAVRIC (multi-acquisition variable-resonance image combination) magnetic resonance imaging to analyze reactive synovitis and osteolysis between rotating-platform posterior-stabilized (RP-PS), fixed-bearing metal-back (FB-MB), and all-polyethylene tibial (APT) in active patients (24 total, 8 in each group, mean age of 64 years, mean UCLA of 8.5) with identical femoral component and polyethylene. Reactive synovitis was observed in 6 RP-PS (75%), all 8 FB-MB (100%), and 6 APT (75%). There was a significant difference between the RP-PS and FB-MB knees in volumetric synovitis (P = 0.023). Osteolysis with bone loss more than 4 mm was seen in 3 FB-MB, 2 APT and none for RP-PS. These were not statistically significant.
Volume 28, Issue 9, October 2013, Pages 1551-1555
Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York
Received 20 November 2012, Accepted 16 January 2013, Available online 23 March 2013.