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The use of postoperative suction drainage in total knee arthroplasty.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3720129     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A retrospective review of 299 total knee arthroplasties performed between 1973 and 1983 revealed 170 knees in which postoperative suction drainage was used and 129 knees in which drains were not used. Comparison between these two groups revealed no statistically significant difference in wound problems, postoperative temperatures, or resulting range of motion. However, blood transfusions were given more than twice as often to the patients whose knees were drained (39% compared to 16%, p less than .01). The drained group also had a greater decrease in hemoglobin than the nondrained group (3.1 gm compared to 2.6 gm, p less than .01). In a review of these patients, no advantage was found for the use of postoperative suction drainage in the uncomplicated total knee arthroplasty.
T J Reilly; I A Gradisar; W Pakan; M Reilly
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical orthopaedics and related research     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0009-921X     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Orthop. Relat. Res.     Publication Date:  1986 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-08-20     Completed Date:  1986-08-20     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0075674     Medline TA:  Clin Orthop Relat Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  238-42     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / surgery
Blood Transfusion
Body Temperature
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Knee Joint / physiopathology
Knee Prosthesis*
Osteoarthritis / surgery
Postoperative Care / methods*
Retrospective Studies
Surgical Wound Infection / therapy

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