Surgeon: UKA results in high patient satisfaction, low perioperative morbidity

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In carefully selected patients, unicompartmental knee arthroplasty is associated with high patent satisfaction, a lower risk of perioperative morbidity and long-term survivorship rivaling that found withtotal knee arthroplasty, according to one surgeon’s experience.

Craig J. Della Valle, MD, presented his findings at the Current Concepts in Joint Replacement 2011 Winter Meeting, in Orlando, Florida.

“The biggest difference between the fixed bearing and the mobile bearing is, I think, that the fixed bearing is a little bit more forgiving,” Della Valle said. “I think that mobile bearing is extremely attractive; I agree 100% that the studies show the wear rate is a little lower with the mobile bearing knee but, I think that in general, all of them show a certain rate of dislocation.”

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