ACE Report #10903
Ace Report Cover Arthroplasty

No difference in blood loss between total knee arthroplasty performed with electrocautery vs scalpel

Study Type:Therapy
OE Level Evidence:2
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

Electric cautery does not reduce blood loss in primary total knee arthroplasty compared with scalpel only surgery a double-blinded randomized controlled trial

Int Orthop. 2018 Dec;42(12):2755-2760. doi: 10.1007/s00264-018-4048-y

Contributing Authors: S Kanitnate N Tammachote

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80 patients scheduled for total knee arthroplasty were randomized to have soft tissue dissection and arthrotomy performed using either a No. 10 scalpel (Feather blade; FEATHER Safety Razor Co., Ltd) or electrocautery device (Force FX; Covidien). Patients were assessed primarily for total blood loss, postoperative blood loss to drainage, mean hemoglobin level, and drop in hemoglobin level over the ...

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