Closed wound drainage in total hip or total knee replacement. A prospective, randomized study.

@article{Ritter1994ClosedWD,
  title={Closed wound drainage in total hip or total knee replacement. A prospective, randomized study.},
  author={Merrill A. Ritter and Emma Keating and Philip M. Faris},
  journal={The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume},
  year={1994},
  volume={76 1},
  pages={35-8}
}
We prospectively randomized 415 total joint replacements for either a closed wound-drainage system or no postoperative drainage. Drainage was not used in 200 total joint replacements, of which 138 were total knee replacements and sixty-two, total hip replacements. Drainage was used in 215 total joint replacements, of which 137 were total knee replacements and seventy-eight, total hip replacements. All patients were evaluated for the presence of excessive postoperative drainage that necessitated… CONTINUE READING

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