The role of bladder catheterization in total knee arthroplasty.

  title={The role of bladder catheterization in total knee arthroplasty.},
  author={Richard Iorio and William L. Healy and Douglas A Patch and David Appleby},
  journal={Clinical orthopaedics and related research},
The use of a urinary bladder catheter in the perioperative period for patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty is controversial. In the current study, two bladder management protocols were studied. One group of patients had an indwelling catheter inserted into the bladder before total knee arthroplasty. The other group of patients was observed and treated for urinary retention as necessary. From 1993 to 1998, 652 patients undergoing primary, unilateral total knee arthroplasty were randomized… CONTINUE READING