Expectations in patients with total knee arthroplasty.

The primary objective of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is to decrease pain and restore functional knee joint. Current hypotheses indicate higher knee flexion is required in terms of life style, culture and expectations in Eastern communities. Therefore, society-specific features related to life style and cultural habits are needed. The objective of this study was to investigate the expectations of patients undergoing TKA.
The study included 131 patients (18 male, 113 female; mean age: 66.2 ± 8.3 years) who underwent cemented TKA due to knee osteoarthritis. All patients were operated by the same surgeon using the same implant and surgical technique. Patients were evaluated using the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) knee score, a 15-item clinical knee assessment questionnaire and the HSS knee arthroplasty expectation questionnaire.
Mean HSS score for the right knee was 89.2 ± 10.5 and for the left knee was 89.6 ± 9.4. The two most expected outcomes were improvements in pain (99.2%) and gait (96.2%) and the two least expected outcomes were improvements in psychological well-being (22.9%) and communicative skills (35.1%). Expectations were not affected by education and working conditions.
Patients' most expected outcomes were improvement in pain and restoration of function (gait, climbing stairs and no need of assistive devices), similar to Western and American communities.
AuthorsBurcu Tekin, Bayram Unver, Vasfi Karatosun
JournalActa orthopaedica et traumatologica turcica (Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc) Vol. 46 Issue 3 Pg. 174-80 ( 2012) ISSN: 1017-995X [Print] Turkey
PMID22659633 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Aged
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee (psychology)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee (surgery)
  • Pain Measurement
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Turkey
  • Walking

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