Complications in total knee arthroplasty with and without surgical drainage.

Raymond S Corpe, J. W. Gallentine, Timothy R Young, D. E. Steflik, E. J. Rectinwald, S. Kusuma

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The standard practice in total joint arthroplasty has included the use of postsurgical drains to minimize perioperative wound complications, particularly infection. This practice is not without cost and potential morbidity. Our recent cemented and cementless total knee arthroplasties (TKAs) have been done without the use of postoperative surgical drains and without any appreciable increase in wound complications. To confirm this, we retrospectively reviewed 227 consecutive TKAs, specifically evaluating perioperative wound complications. No statistical increase in perioperative complications in TKAs without drains was found. A lower percentage of complications was seen in the cementless population when compared with cemented or drained knees. We suggest that surgical drainage is not required in TKA, even when cementless fixation is used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-212
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Southern Orthopaedic Association
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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