Soft-Tissue Defects After Total Knee Arthroplasty: Management and Reconstruction

Daniel A. Osei, MD, MSc; Kelsey A. Rebehn, MD; Martin I. Boyer, MD, MS


J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2016;24(11):769-779. 

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Soft-tissue coverage is crucial for prosthesis retention after TKA. Numerous options are available for the management of soft-tissue defects. An approach based on assessment of the characteristics of the patient and the wound can help guide treatment decisions. Early identification of a wound healing complication and prompt management with interdisciplinary cooperation among joint arthroplasty and reconstructive surgeons is essential to ensure optimal outcomes after TKA.