From present experience the operation of posterior capsuloplasty appears to offer an effective method for overcoming certain resistant flexion contractures of the knee, especially those resulting from chronic arthritis. It not only brings about complete extension of the knee, but usually results in an increase of the range of motion. Mobilization of the knee may be begun as early as one week after the operation and, in contractures due to arthritis, this is an advantage over osteotomy. It is indicated only in severe contractures and when more conservative methods of correction have been tried without success.
In patients with chronic arthritis the operation should be performed only after the disease process has become quiescent and when the general physical condition is good.
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