Function of femoral and tibial trial cones

  • Slightly undersized, i.e. only the outer ridges are identical to the dimension of the implant
  • Without constructive elasticity
  • Can be used for compression of bone graft to fill the defects

Example: Trialing and repeated trialing for TrabecuLink Femoral Cones

A trial positioning with trial instruments and a repetition of trialing with a mix of implant and trial knee prosthesis or final implants helps to ensure correct positioning and to confirm the final implant combination, according to the patient’s situation.

Trial reduction
In order to check that the fit is correct, it is necessary to carry out a trial reduction. In addition to the femoral compressor, which has been placed in the bone, the following trial components from the Endo-Model knee family are required:

  • trial femoral component
  • trial stem
  • segments, if necessary
  • trial tibial component

If it is not possible to insert the prosthesis combination correctly, further preparation must be carried out as described above.

Repeat trial
After implantation of the Femoral Cone, it is advisable to double-check that it is correctly seated before placing the bone cement. This can be done with either the fully assembled femoral component (in the
case of modular implant systems) or the femoral trial component. The purpose of the repeat trial, especially when using the 3-zone Femoral Cones is to provide an intraoperative check for the appropriate box level between Femoral Cone and femoral knee component.


  • Reinforcement of the bone structure in cases of femoral and tibial bone defects
  • High primary stability, both for the TrabecuLink Cone itself and for the prosthesis
    component cemented in the cone
  • Cementless interface to the bone-for-bone regeneration 


  • Mechanical compression promotes bone regeneration5,6
  • Bending axes for adaptation to bone surfaces
  • Good fit ensured by structural elasticity, which also facilitates insertion of the TrabecuLink Femoral/Tibial Cones
  • Spring effect for easier intraoperative positioning


  • Can be combined with all components of the LINK Endo-Model knee family
  • Sizes correspond to the dimensions of the hinged knee prostheses
  • Customized models can be manufactured


  • Prevents penetration of bone cement into the TrabecuLink structure
  • Reliable cement fixation by means of specially positioned “notches” (revision-friendly)


  • Resource-saving manufacturing with proven titanium alloy


The LINK FlexiCones are manufactured from titanium alloy.

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3D printing technology

LINK continues to invest in additive manufacturing.

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The dynamic TrabecuLink Femoral and Tibial Cones are an attractive solution for the cementless restoration of bone defects10 and for providing additional support to the prosthesis if there is bone loss in the proximal tibia. The combination of the dynamic design5,6 of the cones and the biocompatible material Tilastan– E11,12 is ideal for ensuring stable, long-lasting fixation and successful bone regeneration.

The 3-dimensional TrabecuLink structure, with its pore size, porosity and structure depth, also provides an excellent basis for promoting osteoconduction and microvascularization, taking into account the requirements of the structure-covering protein layer (fibronectin - vitronectin - fibrinogen).1,2 TrabecuLink Cones can be used in combination with the long-established LINK Endo-Model knee family in a wide range of sizes and versions. The choice of sizes corresponds to the dimensions of the hinged knee prostheses.

The 3-dimensional structure is produced in additive manufacturing process
The optimized pore geometry for effective cell ongrowth for intended second stability.


The sequence of images shows a pore in the TrabecuLink structure being filled with tissue under in-vitro cell culture conditions. The fibronectin laid down by human fibroblasts and continually reorganized over a period of eight days is visible as green fibers. Fibronectin is a component of the extracellular matrix that is formed at an early stage of the healing process. It forms a base for the embedding of collagen, which is essential for mineralization of the tissue and ingrowth of bone into the structure. Aside from the accumulation of fibronectin, which increases over time, we can observe a clear contraction of the matrix towards the center of the pore. This contraction mechanism, which is attributable to the cellular forces acting in the tissue, accelerates the rate at which the pore is filled with tissue, compared to layer-by-layer tissue growth.

(Reference: Joly P et al., PLOS One 2013; Julius Wolff Institute, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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