Bilateral vs unilateral total knee arthroplasty: a patient-based comparison of pain levels and recovery of ambulatory skills.

@article{Powell2006BilateralVU,
  title={Bilateral vs unilateral total knee arthroplasty: a patient-based comparison of pain levels and recovery of ambulatory skills.},
  author={Robert D. Powell and Pamela A. Pulido and Mary S Tuason and Clifford W. Colwell and Kace A. Ezzet},
  journal={The Journal of arthroplasty},
  year={2006},
  volume={21 5},
  pages={642-9}
}
Two important questions remain in simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Is bilateral TKA significantly more painful and is physical recovery significantly more difficult compared with unilateral TKA? A retrospective matched-pair analysis compared 59 bilateral and 59 unilateral TKA patients based on age, sex, diagnosis, surgeon, and surgery date. Analog pain scores, narcotic use, ambulatory distances, and rehabilitative milestones were recorded. Bilateral patients' pain scores… CONTINUE READING

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