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Unicompartmental knee replacement in a district general hospital

Smith, Lindsay K; Wong, J.; Cowie, Simon; Radford, Michael; Price, Mark; Langkamer, V.G.


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Dr Lindsay Smith
Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy (Academic Clinical Research)

J. Wong

Simon Cowie

Michael Radford

Mark Price

V.G. Langkamer


Unicompartmental knee replacement has been associated with a higher revision rate than total knee replacement in all national joint registers. It has been suggested that the appropriate training of surgeons to perform this arthroplasty is an important factor for implant survival. We investigated the outcome of all unicompartmental knee arthroplasty completed in a district general hospital over a ten year period in order to inform our local practice.

Theatre log books were examined by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon to identify all patients who had received a unicompartmental knee replacement at Weston General Hospital between April 2003 and May 2013. Any type of revision for knee arthroplasty in the same period was also recorded. The revision of any UKR was identified, with subsequent retrieval of medical notes to obtain further details.

All patients with UKR and no known revision were contacted by letter or phone call to ascertain the outcome of their UKR. In cases where no contact was made, the GP was consulted. The study was registered as a clinical audit with the local NHS Trust.

Data were analysed using the life table method in three categories: all surgeons and all types of UKR, all surgeons using only Oxford UKR, and surgeons specifically trained for Oxford UKR.

Over the ten year period, 319 UKR were completed in this orthopaedic unit and there was one loss to follow up. Four different types of UKR were included and there were 21 failures with a 5 year survival of 91.54%. The number of mobile bearing Oxford UKR completed was 310 with 17 failures and a 5 year cumulative survival rate of 93.56%. The number of Oxford UKR completed only by surgeons specifically trained for this arthroplasty was 242, with 10 failures and a five year cumulative survival of 95.68%.

In the 10th annual report of the National Joint Registry of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the cumulative probability for first revision at five years for all UKR was 7.06% (6.78 – 7.34 95%CI) and for Oxford partial knee was 6.61% (6.30-6.95 95%CI). Our results for surgeons specifically trained to use the Oxford UKR are at least comparable with, if not better than, the NJR and support continued use of this prosthesis in a non-specialist centre as long as the surgeons are appropriately trained.

Ms. Jenny Wong, Medical student
Mr. Simon Cowie, Orthopaedic Registrar
Mr. M.N. Shannon, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons

NBT for lateral UKR: 95.5% at 5 years
Oxford UKR with minimally invasive approach: 97.5%

Journal Article Type Article
Conference Name South West Orthopaedic Club Conference
Start Date Nov 21, 2014
End Date Nov 21, 2014
Publication Date Nov 21, 2015
Publicly Available Date Jun 5, 2019
Journal Orthopaedic Proceedings
Electronic ISSN 2049-4416
Publisher British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 97-B
Issue 7
Keywords knee arthroplasty, replacement, unicompartmental survival
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Orthopaedic Proceedings, The Bone & Joint Journal