How to Improve Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Results
Here are five “fun facts” about Total Knee Replacement.
1. Have the same surgical team for every case (Surgeon, Assistant Surgeon, Circulating Nurse, Scrub Tech, Second assistant, and anesthesia). 30 day readmission rates due to complications are lower when consistent teams are used.
2. Use Saphenous Nerve blocks (adductor canal blocks). This provides better post op pain relief and shorter hospital stays or allows for same day Total Knee surgery.
3. Emphasize the importance of post op rehabilitation. Stronger quadriceps muscles are correlated with increased patient satisfaction after TKR.
4. Unexplained knee pain 6 months after TKR surgery predicts a poor functional outcome at 2 years post op.
5. Total Joint clinics see a higher percentage of obese people than are present in the total population. Obesity is a modifiable risk factor for hip and knee osteoarthritis.
Research suggests spinal and epidural anesthesia, peripheral nerve blocks safe to use
Source Newsroom: American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA