Failure of interpositional membrane to prevent recurrent arthrofibrosis.

Meehan JP and Abbi G. J Knee Surg. 2010;23(3):175-179.

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These authors report the use of a silicone membrane implanted with the hope of preventing arthrofibrosis yet again in a patient who had had several interventions and finally a total knee replacement. The silicone membrane failed to prevent a further flare up of arthrofibrosis, and the membrane had to be removed and the patellar area debrided.