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Health outcome after total knee replacement in the very elderly

Lookup NU author(s): Ian Pinder, Joel Sher


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Between 1992 and 1993 we performed a prospective study of the effect of total knee replacement (TKR) on the health status of 119 patients over the age of 80 years who had had a primary unilateral TKR. The Nottingham Health Profile was used to assess this before and at three and 12 months after operation. We found a significant improvement in the scores for pain, emotional reaction, sleep and physical mobility at three months. After 12 months, the scores for pain and sleep were well maintained. The other factors had deteriorated slightly but remained better than before operation. Our findings show that TKR leads to a significant improvement in the general health status of the very elderly.

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Author(s): Birdsall PD, Hayes JH, Cleary R, Pinder IM, Moran CG, Sher JL

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: British Volume

Year: 1999

Volume: 81B

Issue: 4

Pages: 660-662

Print publication date: 01/07/1999

ISSN (print): 0301-620X

ISSN (electronic): 2044-5377

Publisher: British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery


DOI: 10.1302/0301-620X.81B4.9380


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