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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 234-237

Simultaneous bilateral versus unilateral total knee replacement in osteoarthritic knee

Department of Orthopaedics, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

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Ten simultaneous bilateral total knee replacements were compared with ten unilateral total knee replacements in osteoarthritic knee. All procedures were performed using same preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative protocols. Results showed that simultaneous bilateral TKR had higher incidence of medical complications, more requirements of blood transfusion and raised temperature of more than 1000 F for more than 48 hours, although there were advantages of simultaneous bilateral TKR in terms of decreased hospital stay, better utilization of scarce hospital resources, early rehabilitation and no risk of second anesthesia. The true safety and efficacy of simultaneous bilateral TKR needs further evaluation.

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