Popliteal Artery Complications of Total Knee Replacement – Our Experience In Large Volume Centre and Review of Literature


  • Sunku Nithin Sunshine Hospital http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8009-0795
  • A V Guruva Reddy Sr. Consultant Joint Replacement Surgeon and Director, Sunshine Hospital, Secunderabad, India
  • Sagi Muralidhar Junior consultant orthopedic surgeon, Sunshine Hospital, Secunderabad, India




Total Knee Arthroplasty, Popiliteal artery thrombosis, Angiography


Total Knee replacement is one of the successful operations performed for arthritis of knee joint. Popliteal artery occlusion after total knee arthroplasty occurs at a very low incidence. We here describe the incidence of popliteal artery complications in one of the large volume centre in Asia. Our case had complete occlusion of the popliteal artery at the 1st post-operative day. Our reported case of post-TKR popliteal artery thrombosis was without known risk factors. Reason for concern is because of poor collateral circulation, severe ischemia may give rise to irreversible tissue damage necessitating amputation if we do not recognize early and treat them. We reviewed cases from the literature in terms of incidence, prognosis, treatment, potential risk factors and measures to prevent injury.

Author Biography

Sunku Nithin, Sunshine Hospital

Department of Orthopaedics,

Fellow in Arthroplasty Division, 

Sunshine Hospitals



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How to Cite

Nithin, S., Guruva Reddy, A. V., & Muralidhar, S. (2018). Popliteal Artery Complications of Total Knee Replacement – Our Experience In Large Volume Centre and Review of Literature. Reconstructive Review, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.15438/rr.8.1.199



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