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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 39  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-20

Unilateral vs one stage bilateral total knee replacement in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis - A comparative study

Department of Orthopaedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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S Bhan
Department of Orthopedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi 110029
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Background : A controversy exists regarding simultaneous or staged bilateral total knee replacement. Methods: Fifty patients undergoing simultaneous bilateral and 50 undergoing unilateral total knee arthroplasty were evaluated prospectively to compare the clinical, radiological results and complication rates. Eighty-four patients belonged to ASA category II or III preoperatively. The study included a high proportion of rheumatoid patients and osteoarthritis patients with severe deformities. Results: Bilateral group had greater blood loss and required more blood transfusion, but there was no difference in requirement of postoperative intensive care and the complication rates. Rheumatoid knees had lower pre and postoperative knee score and functional score as compared to osteoarthritic knees. Morbidity and mortality of one stage bilateral knee replacement was no greater than unilateral operation. Conclusion: Simultaneous bilateral knee replacement in younger patients with advanced rheumatoid arthritis is safe and effective

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