The first knee prosthesis to go through beyond compliance: A new standard for the safe introduction of orthopaedic implants
Phillips, Jonathan R. A.
Toms, Andrew D.
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Introduction: Beyond Compliance (BC) was introduced in 2012 to improve the monitoring and regulation of new medical devices and techniques, ensuring patient safety whilst promoting innovation through an evidence based appraisal of devices during their introduction. This study reports the 2 year outcomes of the first Total Knee Replacement (TKR) implant to be assessed through the BC process. Methods: 100 consecutive patients undergoing primary knee arthroplasty were enrolled. All patients received a single radius cruciate retaining TKA (Unity, Corin), and the patella was resurfaced in all cases. Patients were followed up at 6 weeks, 3, 6, 12 and 24 months post operatively. Pre-and post-operative range of movement (ROM) as well as outcome scores including OKS, KOOS, EQ5D index and EQ5D VAS were recorded. Results: 100 patients with a mean age 73.6 (SD = 8.7) were included. 2 patients died during the follow-up period due to unrelated reasons. Overall satisfaction rates were 96%. Complications included ongoing pain (5 patients), and a periprosthetic fracture (1 patient) nine months post-surgery (traumatic). No knees were revised during the follow-up period. Significant improvements were observed in all outcomes measures (OKS, KOOS, EQ5D, and EQ5D VAS). The mean added ROM was 13.2°. Discussion: This knee prosthesis has been demonstrated to be safe and effective with excellent early outcomes. The careful regulated introduction of this device through BC has ensured patients safety while supporting innovation in knee arthroplasty. The success of BC requires surgeons to insist industry fully engage with the process for all new devices or techniques.