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Study: Simultaneous bilateral TKA yielded higher complication rates vs unilateral TKA

By Casey Tingle

Compared with unilateral total knee arthroplasty, patients who underwent simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasty experienced an increased risk of overall complications, according to study results.

Using the 2010 to 2012 American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, researchers retrospectively identified 973 patients who underwent simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and matched these patients with 3,516 unilateral TKA cases. Researchers recorded patient demographic characteristics, preoperative comorbidities, laboratory data and 30-day perioperative outcomes.

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