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Joint Bone Spine
Volume 78, n° 4
pages 383-386 (juillet 2011)
Doi : 10.1016/j.jbspin.2010.11.013
accepted : 15 October 2010
Factors predicting patient satisfaction 2 years after total knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis

Florence Merle-Vincent a, , Chantal M. Couris b, Anne-Marie Schott b, Thierry Conrozier a, Muriel Piperno a, Pierre Mathieu a, Éric Vignon a

on behalf as the Osteoarthritis Section of the French Society for Rheumatology80, rue de l’Abbé-Groult, 75015 Paris, France

a Rhumatologie, pavillon 2B, CHLS, 69495 Pierre-Bénite cedex, France 
b Civils de Lyon, pôle information médicale évaluation recherche, université Lyon, 162, avenue Lacassagne, 69424 Lyon cedex 03, France 

Corresponding author. Tel.: +33 478 861 218.

To identify factors predicting patient satisfaction 2 years after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for osteoarthritis.


Prospective multicenter study of patients followed up for 2 years after TKA for osteoarthritis. We evaluated pain and function (Lequesne index and WOMAC) at baseline and after 2 years. After 2 years, the patients rated their satisfaction as a percentage, with values greater than 50% defining good satisfaction. Factors associated with good satisfaction were identified by univariate analyses followed by multivariate analysis.


Of 299 patients, 264 completed the study (26 were lost to follow-up, six died, and three refused the 2-year evaluation), including 237 (89.8%) with satisfaction scores greater than 50%. Highly significant improvements were found after 2 years versus baseline in the Lequesne index (7.9 vs. 14.5, P <0.0001) and WOMAC index (26.3 vs. 51.3, P <0.0001). There were 26 (9.8%) complications. Factors significantly associated with good satisfaction in the multivariate model were absence of complications (P =0.004), body mass index less than 27kg/m2 (P =0.015), high radiological joint narrowing score (P =0.038), age greater or equal to 70 years (P =0.038), and absence of depression at the 2-year evaluation (P =0.002).


We report the first prospective multicenter study done in France to assess pain and function in a large number of patients treated with TKA for osteoarthritis. Our results indicate a high success rate. We identified three factors that predict patient satisfaction and can be assessed before surgery (age greater than 70 years, absence of obesity, and severe joint space narrowing).

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Keywords : Knee, Osteoarthritis, Total knee replacement, Lequesne index, WOMAC score

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