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Correspondence response
Response to: ‘The role of infrapatellar fat pad resection in total knee arthroplasty’ by White et al
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  1. Weiyu Han1,2,
  2. Faming Pan3,4,
  3. Zhenhua Liu1,2,
  4. Zhaohua Zhu1,
  5. Xia Wang1,
  6. Shuang Zheng1,
  7. Benny Antony1,
  8. Changhai Ding1,4,5
  1. 1Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia
  2. 2Department of Orthopedics, The Third Affiliated Hospital of Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China
  3. 3Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Anhui Medical University, Hefei, Anhui, China
  4. 4Arthritis Research Institute, 1st Affiliated Hospital, Anhui Medical University, Hefei, Anhui, China
  5. 5Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Changhai Ding, Private Bag 23, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia; Changhai.Ding{at}utas.edu.au

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We thank White and Melhuish1 for their interest in our original paper2 and our response3 to Bai et al.4

There is moderate level evidence in a recent systematic review showing that infrapatellar fat pad (IPFP) preservation improves clinical outcomes post total knee arthroplasty (TKA), whereas IPFP resection increases post-TKA knee pain.5 This is contradictory with a previous systematic review suggesting that there were no differences in function, range of motion and anterior knee pain between preservation and resection groups after TKA in knee osteoarthritis (OA).6 This new evidence is consistent with our findings that the IPFP maximal area was associated with reduced …

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