ACE Report #7653
Ace Report Cover Arthroplasty

AAOS 2015: Surgical drain does not benefit patients undergoing revision TKA

Study Type:Randomized Trial
OE Level Evidence:N/A
Journal Level of Evidence:N/A

The use of a closed-suction drain in revision knee arthroplasty is not beneficial: a prospective randomized study

Contributing Authors: M Abolghasemian TW Huether LJ Soever M Drexler D Backstein

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82 knees of patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) were randomized to either receive a deep intra-articular drain or not. The purpose of this study was to compare the two approaches based on complications and early knee functional outcomes. Patients in the surgical drain group lost significantly more blood and required more transfusions. Use of a surgical drain was also not associated w...

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